...to the Dornoch Community Site run by the Dornoch Area Community Interest Company.
COVID-19 - Scotland starts to open up again!
Scottish Government Update - From 16 April you can travel throughout Scotland but no overnight stays, more details here
From 26 April single household self-catering, B & Bs and hotels reopen details here
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Gym opens at the Hub - rest to follow shortly
Silverback Gym opened at the Hub on Saturay 1st May 2021. The old garages have been converted into a gym - which has been on the community wish list for over 10 years!
For more information please message Silverback's Facebook page. Membership, classes and day passes are available.
On 24th January 2020 DACIC became proud owners of the Dornoch Police Station thanks to support from the Scottish Land Fund! With Building Warrant & Planning Permission for the renovation work in place, we went out to tender. We have now sourced funding to allow all stages to progress.
Work on the building started on 28 September and was completed in March. The snagging list is now being worked on for 1st May handover. Local architect Iain Levens of Levens Studio is the principal designer and contract administrator. The main contractor is O'Brien Construction Ltd - who were the original builders!
Macleod Roofing completed the work on the roof in June 2020 and the grounds have been improved and maintained by J & S Gunn and the Lawn Ranger. The conversion of the garages ready for Silverback to add specialist flooring and gym equipment was completed in February 21.
You may have seen an article in the Northern Times outlining DACIC's ambitious plans for a new multi-purpose building in Dornoch, on the vacant site south of the new UHI Student accommodation block and opposite the Medical Centre.
We believe this project could be transformational as it would open up all year round tourism with the building being available to hire for wedding receptions, conferences, music, arts and sports events in the Summer and curling in the Winter. The original plan for a gym has now been incorporated in the Police Station plans above, allowing a community hall to be included in the plans at the suggestion of the Community Association - which if both projects are successful would allow the Social Club to be sold.
The Scottish Land Fund (SLF) and the North Highland Curling Trust provided the finance to commission a Feasibilty and Business Plan from Ironside Farrar and our application to SLF for funding to purchase the site has been successful and the legal teams are 'on the case'. We are now working on phase 1 a car & coach park - to which we have added day time motorhome parking to address the influx last year.
We have been supported in this by the Dornoch Common Good Fund award of £39,760, together with £28,052 from the Town Centre Fund, £80,000 Highland Coastal Communities and a conditional award of £245,450 from the Rural Tourism Infrastructure Fund subject to securing the balance of the overall funding package by 31 May.
Phase 2 for a MUGA and winter skating rink is part of the planning application but subject to further funding bids that our Community Development Manager, Catherine Moodie, will be working on. The planning application was submitted at the end of September 20 and granted on 31 March 21.
In response to public demand since the closure of the ATM and the Bank of Scotland branch, we are very grateful that Dornoch Stores have introduced a cashback service at its General Store, with no minimum purchase. They are open 8 am - pm daily. The Co-op, Eagle and Harry Gow also offer a cashback service. There are three ATMs inside the Co-op, the Spar Convenience in the Retail Park and the Golf Club. The Post Office offers a full banking service.
Mobile Banking - has resumed
The Bank of Scotland Mobile Branch calls at the Retail Park as follows: