Links House at Royal Dornoch has announced the opening of Mara, a new dining concept, designed to celebrate the best of Scotland’s larder.

In accordance with Scottish Government guidelines, ‘A Flavour of Mara’ will launch on April 26th with a limited offering, followed by the grand opening on May 17th.


Inspired by the dramatic Highland landscapes which surround Dornoch, the restaurant will serve the finest produce from Scotland’s waters, fields, and forests with dishes designed to delight and inspire.




Translating to ‘sea’ in Scottish Gaelic, Mara seeks to provide diners with an authentic Highland experience through a menu motivated by sustainable values and filled with local, seasonal produce. Menu highlights include Roasted Saddle of Ardgay Roe Deer and Slow-Cooked Highland Wagyu Feather Blade as well as a selection of Highland Fine Cheeses. Diners wishing to enjoy the restaurant’s signature seven course tasting experience will see a donation made on their behalf to Glen Affric’s Trees for Life Project, and a la carte menu will also be on offer, alongside tasting flights, matched wines, cocktails and soft beverages. For those wishing to enjoy a more hands-on approach to fine dining, Mara will also be serving a show-stopping sharing menu featuring whole Portmahomack lobsters, platters of Orkney scallops, Maorach Beag Oysters and even Two Bone Ribs of Highland Beef.


The Links House kitchens will be led by Executive Chef James McDonald, who brings over 20 years’ international experience to the role. With time spent in the Michelin-starred kitchens of Gordon Ramsay and Bjorn van der Horst, as well as periods spent cooking in the Middle East, McDonald has designed a menu which celebrates the region, and dishes will include elements grown on-site and foraged nearby for a truly unique taste of Scotland. Serving breakfast, lunch, dinner and afternoon tea, Mara is sure to become a true Highland landmark.




Links House at Royal Dornoch is an award-winning, boutique hotel offering one of the finest experiences in Scotland. The addition of Mara has allowed the team to further expand upon the culinary offerings of Links House, which currently operates The Courtroom restaurant in the centre of Dornoch.




Links House at Royal Dornoch


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