Dornoch Firth

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Dornoch Firth
Dornoch Firth is located in Scotland
Dornoch Firth
Dornoch Firth
Location in Scotland
Location Scotland, United Kingdom
Coordinates 57°51′N 4°03′W / 57.850°N 4.050°W / 57.850; -4.050Coordinates: 57°51′N 4°03′W / 57.850°N 4.050°W / 57.850; -4.050
Shoreline looking across Dornoch Firth (2008)

The Dornoch Firth (Scottish Gaelic: Caolas Dhòrnaich, pronounced [kɯːl̪ˠəs̪ ɣɔːrˠn̪ˠɪç]) is a firth on the east coast of Highland, in northern Scotland.[1][2] It forms part of the boundary between Ross and Cromarty, to the south, and Sutherland, to the north.

Together with Loch Fleet it is a designated as a Special Protection Area (SPA) for wildlife conservation purposes. Additionally, together with Morrich More, it has the designation of Special Area of Conservation.

The total SPA hosts significant populations of the following birds:

Dornoch Bridge[edit]

Dornoch Firth Bridge (west side, 2006)

In 1991, the firth was bridged, the new Dornoch Firth Bridge providing a shorter route on the A9 road between Inverness and Thurso; until then traffic had to go by way of Bonar Bridge at the head of the inlet.

On 16 August 1809 the firth was the scene of the Meikle Ferry disaster when an over-laden ferryboat sank with the loss of 99 lives.[3][4][5]


  1. ^ Ordnance Survey: Landranger map sheet 21 Dornoch & Alness (Invergordon & Tain) (Map). Ordnance Survey. 2014. ISBN 9780319231098. 
  2. ^ "Ordnance Survey: 1:50,000 Scale Gazetteer" (csv (download)). Ordnance Survey. 1 January 2016. Retrieved 18 February 2016. 
  3. ^ "School project commemorates Meikle Ferry Disaster". Retrieved 14 January 2017. 
  4. ^ "Historylinks Museum, Dornoch". Retrieved 14 January 2017. 
  5. ^ "The Northern Highlands in the Nineteenth Century - No. III". Retrieved 14 January 2017. 

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