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The Dornoch Area Community Interest Company (DACIC) is a voluntary organisation which aims to:

• Enhance Dornoch town centre, while preserving the historic & cultural heritage 
• Encourage the development of new business employment opportunities
• Ensure a quality range of services continues to be available
• Manage community land and associated assets

To see the Memorandum and Articles of Association click here.

This website is managed by DACIC and provides information for local residents. A second website is managed by DACIC to provide information for visitors to Dornoch.  

Anyone living in the IV25 postcode, aged 18 & over and on the electoral register may become a member of DACIC. Click here for an application form

If you have an interest in DACIC (e.g. work in Dornoch) but don't live here, then please register your contact details as a Stakeholder and we will keep you informed. Click here for a Stakeholder Contact form.

Our minutes are available at the bottom of this page. 

Our GDPR Privacy Statement is here

AGM - Thursday 9th December 2020, 7pm - Hybrid meeting with limited attendance in person at the Hub and alternatively by Zoom. Please email to register and give your preference for in person or Zoom. If you cannot attend please complete and return a proxy form to count towards the quorum. Nominations for director must be emailed by 24th November - there are four vacancies on the board. Links to documents below.

Formal Notice of AGM

Director Nomination Form

Account to 31 March 2021

Minute of AGM 10 December 2020

Proxy Form


Great British High Street Awards 2016

Dornoch was a finalist in the Rising Star Category and the only Scottish finalist across all categories. Although we did not win, Dornoch had great exposure on Social Media and the judges were very impressed by what they saw during their visit. We have since received a letter of Special Recognition from Andrew Percy MP. Minister for Local Growth and the Northern Powerhouse.   

New Signage 2016

A new sign was erected on the A949 just before Dornoch Academy. The bottom panel is removable and we have panels for the main events of the year - Fibre Fest, Classic Car Tour, Community Market, Pipe Band, Car Boot Sale, Sutherland Show, Highland Games, Festival Week, Whisky Festival and Hogmanay-NewYear. These have vinyl overlays so can be cost effectively updated each year.

The north and south junctions on the A9 have been updaed. Only attractions accredited with VisitScotland can be listed. Dornoch Cathedral has decided not to become accredited and therefore the cathedral could not be included. The sign at the Evelix junction is shown below.


The "Why Dornoch?" Survey Results - March 2014

Click here to see the report which was prepared from the survey data by North Highland Initiative for DACIC and we are grateful to them for their support.

Word Clouds were used to illustrate relative weightings of words chosen to describe Dornoch. An example is shown below.


The Dornoch Report - December 2013

The Dornoch Economic Masterplan for Dornoch 2013 – 2023 states

“By building on Dornoch’s unique setting in the Northern Highlands and its positive place qualities, the Dornoch Brand can be nurtured; establishing Dornoch and Sutherland as an attractive place to visit, live and invest. This Economic Masterplan aims to ensure that in 2023, Dornoch will be:

  • A First Class Quality Destination
  • A Distinct and Rich Tourism Product
  • A Place for Business & Investment “

As a first step in the branding exercise, DACIC sought to gain understanding of three primary aspects of its offering to visitors:

  • what visitors actually think about the area
  • how Dornoch appears to first time visitors who might be arriving for an extended stay or just visiting for a day,
  • what accommodation is available

The summary of the good, the bad and the ugly, together with the visitor survey is detailed in the Dornoch Report.

The second report, How Our Customers See Us was conducted by Highland Retail Academy and DACIC is grateful to Highlands and Islands Enterprise, East Sutherland Ward Discretionary Fund and Dornoch Common Good Fund for assistance in meeting the cost of this exercise. 

The Accommodation Providers Survey was conducted by North Highland Initiative for DACIC and we are grateful to them for their support.

The DACIC Board September 2021

Chair - Joan Bishop                         

Vice Chair - Jim McGillivray

Company Secretary - Gordon Sutherland

Treasurer - Patrick Murray

Director - Neil Hampton

Director - Gordon Sutherland

Director - Patrick Murray

Director - Shona MacDougall

Director - Luke Watson

Website admin - Joan Bishop              email




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Registered Office: The Dornoch Hub, Argyle Street, Dornoch IV25 3LA | The Company is registered in Scotland, no. 327565
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