Below you will find the Dornoch Whisky Festival policies that refer to the Purchasing, Delivery, Returns & Refunds, Privacy Policy, Cookie Policy and general Terms and Conditions of the Dornoch Whisky Festival website. Please read these the policies below carefully as they affect your rights and liabilities under the law and set out the terms under which Dornoch Whisky Festival (“we”) makes its services available to you. Our registered office is Royal Dornoch Golf Club, Golf Road, Dornoch, IV25 3LW.

Delivery, Returns & Refunds


All orders for goods placed by you via the online order form shall be deemed to be an offer by you, the buyer, to purchase goods pursuant to these Terms and Conditions outlined below. You, the buyer, shall be responsible for ensuring the accuracy of the details provided in your order and we will not be obliged to accept an order unless all details requested have been provided correctly.

Within the United Kingdom it is illegal for any person under the age of 18 to buy, or attempt to buy, alcohol for themselves or for any other person under the age of 18. If you purchase a ticket to an event which has alcohol involved and you cannot confirm you are over the age of 18 you will be refused entry and not refunded.

All prices are shown in GBP (British Pound). The total price we charge you for the goods in your order includes all applicable taxes payable in the UK. Prices shown on the site for any products or services offered are subject to change without notice. Any price changes will be notified and confirmed to you before despatch to give you the opportunity to cancel your order.
Prices shown for products on the site are not inclusive of the delivery charge. You will be advised of the charge of delivery on the checkout page. There is a 1.4% booking charge on most products due to the payment gateway (Stripe) charges.

We do not store credit card details nor do we share customer details with any 3rd parties (more information in our privacy policy below)
All tickets and/or products offered are subject to availability and we cannot guarantee the availability of the products listed.
If we are unable to fulfil your order we will contact you within 3 working days of receiving your order.
Authority for payment must be given at the time of order. You will be automatically charged for your order once your payment details have been accepted. Our liability to you in connection with any order will not exceed the total price charged for the relevant items.

As all products and services are subject to availability, there will be no contract of any kind between you and us unless and until we actually process and dispatch the tickets and/or products to you. At any point up until then, we may decline to supply the tickets and/or products to you without giving any reason.
We ship weekly due to our remote location. DHL and Menzies are the couriers we use.
We can deliver to your home or work address, as you have entered it on the order. We cannot accept any liability if the quoted address is incorrect or incomplete. Deliveries to work addresses shall be deemed successful if a representative at that address accepts and signs for the goods.
We will always do our best to fulfil your order as quickly as possible. We ship to our courier once a week due to the remote location of the Distillery. If tickets and/or products fail to arrive three days before your scheduled event, please contact us and we will do our best to rectify this. We do our best to secure delivery in time for your scheduled event, but shall not be liable for loss occasioned by delay in delivery arising out of any cause beyond our control.
In the event that the order is returned to us by the courier or otherwise due to non-delivery, Dornoch Whisky Festival gives the purchaser the option of resending the purchase at the purchaser’s expense or refunding the purchase less the cost of postage and packing. We cannot deliver to PO boxes.

Refund & Cancellations
We understand that circumstances can change, and we have implemented various refund policies to accommodate different events as part of the Dornoch Whisky Festival.

For the Grand Tasting, you are eligible for a full refund up until the same day of the event. Please inform us in advance, as we can refund your ticket and potentially sell it to another attendee at the door. However, if you fail to notify us before the event begins, we won’t be able to provide a refund.

Regarding events hosted at other venues, outside of the Grand Tasting, we accept returns for ticketed events with no questions asked if the request is made at least one week prior to the event date. This normally allows us sufficient time to resell your ticket. However, after that one-week period, it is at the discretion of the venue to decide whether they will provide a refund for your ticket.

In both instances, if you wish to cancel an existing order, please contact the Dornoch Whisky Festival directly here.

Privacy Policy

The Dornoch Whisky Festival holds its registered address at C/O: The Royal Dornoch Golf Club, Golf Road, Dornoch, IV25 3LW. We are a committee-run festival held annually in Dornoch and our main aim is to create a centre of excellence for whisky in Dornoch, building on the success of many wonderful independently-owned businesses that contribute to the Dornoch Whisky Festival. As such, we collect your data so that we can keep you up to date with everything. This Privacy Policy has lots of information in it to why we have your data, what we do with it and how we use it. (Grab yourself a dram and settle in).

We collect data on two main occasions: When you sign up for our newsletters through the Dornoch Whisky Festival website and when you purchase tickets through our website.

Occasionally, at Dornoch Whisky Festival events we will give you the option for you to give us your details so that we can add you to our list manually and send you the newsletter.

If you purchase tickets for the Dornoch Whisky Festival, we take your e-mail address, first and last name and mailing address.

We believe that the reason we take your e-mail address to send you a newsletter is self-explanatory but when purchasing tickets through our website, we take further details so that we can analyse these after the festival. For example, if you reside in the Arctic circle, we can give ourselves a pat on the back that you came all that way to our festival. But seriously, we collect the data to further improve our marketing and make it more relevant and of course, to see where we can improve the festival in general.

If you have purchased a ticket for the Dornoch Whisky Festival you may be sent out a survey after the event to see what we could do better and what we did well. You are under no obligation to fill this in and any data you do provide in future surveys is anonymous, even to us. Again, we use this to improve upon the Dornoch Whisky Festival.

Google Analytics

When someone (like you!) visits, we use Google Analytics to collect the standard information and behaviour patterns. Much like the points mentioned above, we like to know the number of visitors, where they are accessing the website from and again, this information is anonymous, and we cannot identify you through it. We also do not make or allow Google to make any attempt at finding out your identity.

Mailing Lists

The information mentioned above pertaining to newsletters and subscriptions is gathered using MailChimp. We do look at the way in which our subscribers interact with the newsletters, for example how many people open them, how many people follow the links and the dreaded: how many people delete them without opening them! Again, this allows us to make the newsletter more appealing, to look at where the content has had a good success rate and try to replicate this in future publications.

For more information, please see MailChimp’s privacy notice. You can unsubscribe to our newsletter at anytime by following the link in the footer of the e-mail or through contacting us here.

Ticketing Data

When purchasing a ticket through the Dornoch Whisky Festival we ask for your name, address, email, contact number and payment method. This data is stored on our website that is hosted by WordPress, therefore when you purchase any tickets to the Dornoch Whisky Festival your details are held there.

We do not have access to your payment details as they are stored securely on PayPal or Stripe – depending on which option you make your purchase(s) with. We do have access to the data mentioned above, (name, address, email) which we use only as stated, to find out how to improve the festival.

Closer to the Dornoch Whisky Festival it is sometimes possible for you to buy tickets for some events in person and on the day, you can purchase your tickets for the Grand Tasting – neither method require you to give personal data. Again, you may pay by card, but we have no record of those payment details either as they are carried out by iZettle.

Third Parties

We do not share any of our data with any third parties. If this was to ever change, we will inform you and would never share your data without your consent.

Access to your personal information

You have every right to view, amend or delete your personal data that we hold and all that is required is an email stating you wish to do so here.

Changes to this Privacy Notice

The changes to this privacy notice have been updated on 21st September 2021 and will be updated again in October 2022.


What Are Cookies

As is common practice with almost all professional websites this site uses cookies, which are tiny files that are downloaded to your computer, to improve your experience. This page describes what information they gather, how we use it and why we sometimes need to store these cookies. We will also share how you can prevent these cookies from being stored however this may downgrade or ‘break’ certain elements of the sites functionality.

How We Use Cookies

We use cookies for a variety of reasons detailed below. Unfortunately in most cases there are no industry standard options for disabling cookies without completely disabling the functionality and features they add to this site. It is recommended that you leave on all cookies if you are not sure whether you need them or not in case they are used to provide a service that you use.

Disabling Cookies

You can prevent the setting of cookies by adjusting the settings on your browser (see your browser Help for how to do this). Be aware that disabling cookies will affect the functionality of this and many other websites that you visit. Disabling cookies will usually result in also disabling certain functionality and features of this site. Therefore it is recommended that you do not disable cookies.

The Cookies We Set

Third Party Cookies

In some special cases we also use cookies provided by trusted third parties. The following section details which third party cookies you might encounter through this site.

More Information

Hopefully, that has clarified things for you and as was previously mentioned if there is something that you aren’t sure whether you need or not it’s usually safer to leave cookies enabled in case it does interact with one of the features you use on our site. However, if you are still looking for more information then you can contact us here.

Terms & Conditions of Website Use


This website is operated by Dornoch Whisky Festival. Throughout the site, the terms “we”, “us” and “our” refer to Dornoch Whisky Festival. Dornoch Whisky Festival offers this website, including all information, tools and services available from this site to you, the user, conditioned upon your acceptance of all terms, conditions, policies and notices stated here.

By visiting our site and/ or purchasing something from us, you engage in our “Service” and agree to be bound by the following terms and conditions (“Terms of Service”, “Terms”), including those additional terms and conditions and policies referenced herein and/or available by hyperlink. These Terms of Service apply  to all users of the site, including without limitation users who are browsers, vendors, customers, merchants, and/ or contributors of content.

Please read these Terms of Service carefully before accessing or using our website. By accessing or using any part of the site, you agree to be bound by these Terms of Service. If you do not agree to all the terms and conditions of this agreement, then you may not access the website or use any services. If these Terms of Service are considered an offer, acceptance is expressly limited to these Terms of Service.

Any new features or tools which are added to the current store shall also be subject to the Terms of Service. You can review the most current version of the Terms of Service at any time on this page. We reserve the right to update, change or replace any part of these Terms of Service by posting updates and/or changes to our website. It is your responsibility to check this page periodically for changes. Your continued use of or access to the website following the posting of any changes constitutes acceptance of those changes.


By agreeing to these Terms of Service, you represent that you are at least the age of majority in your state or province of residence, or that you are the age of majority in your state or province of residence and you have given us your consent to allow any of your minor dependents to use this site, but not for the use of pages which have content referring to alcohol.

You may not use our products for any illegal or unauthorised purpose nor may you, in the use of the Service, violate any laws in your jurisdiction (including but not limited to copyright laws).

You must not transmit any worms or viruses or any code of a destructive nature.

A breach or violation of any of the Terms will result in an immediate termination of your Services.


We reserve the right to refuse entry to any ticketed events where a valid proof of age is not received. We operate a strict Under-25 policy in line with the Scottish Government and refuse entry with no refund to anyone to be found to be under the age of 18. This also applies to virtual events.

You understand that your content (not including credit card information), may be transferred unencrypted and involve (a) transmissions over various networks; and (b) changes to conform and adapt to technical requirements of connecting networks or devices. Credit card information is always encrypted during transfer over networks.

You agree not to reproduce, duplicate, copy, sell, resell or exploit any portion of the Service, use of the Service, or access to the Service or any contact on the website through which the service is provided, without express written permission by us.

The headings used in this agreement are included for convenience only and will not limit or otherwise affect these Terms.


We are not responsible if information made available on this site is not accurate, complete or current. The material on this site is provided for general information only and should not be relied upon or used as the sole basis for making decisions without consulting primary, more accurate, more complete or more timely sources of information. Any reliance on the material on this site is at your own risk.

This site may contain certain historical information. Historical information, necessarily, is not current and is provided for your reference only. We reserve the right to modify the contents of this site at any time, but we have no obligation to update any information on our site. You agree that it is your responsibility to monitor changes to our site.


Prices for our tickets are subject to change without notice.

We reserve the right at any time to modify or discontinue the Service (or any part or content thereof) without notice at any time.

We shall not be liable to you or to any third-party for any modification, price change, suspension or discontinuance of the Service.


Certain tickets and products may be available exclusively online through the website. These products or services may have limited quantities and are subject to return or exchange only according to our Return Policy (above).

We have made every effort to display as accurately as possible the description and images of our events that appear online. We cannot guarantee that they may differ in person.

We reserve the right, but are not obligated, to limit the sales of our tickets or products to any person, geographic region or jurisdiction. We may exercise this right on a case-by-case basis. We reserve the right to limit the quantities of any products or services that we offer. All descriptions of products or product pricing are subject to change at any time without notice, at the sole discretion of us. We reserve the right to discontinue any product or ticket at any time. Any offer for any product or ticket made on this site is void where prohibited.

We do not warrant that the quality of any products, services, information, or other material purchased or obtained by you will meet your expectations, or that any errors in the Service will be corrected.


We reserve the right to refuse any order you place with us. We may, in our sole discretion, limit or cancel quantities purchased per person, per household or per order. These restrictions may include orders placed by or under the same customer account, the same credit card, and/or orders that use the same billing and/or shipping address. In the event that we make a change to or cancel an order, we may attempt to notify you by contacting the e-mail and/or billing address/phone number provided at the time the order was made. We reserve the right to limit or prohibit orders that, in our sole judgment, appear to be placed by dealers, resellers or distributors.

You agree to provide current, complete and accurate purchase and account information for all purchases made on our website. You agree to promptly update any account and other information, including your email address and credit card numbers and expiration dates – when this feature becomes available – so that we can complete your transactions and contact you as needed.

For more detail, please review our Returns Policy (above).


Certain content, products and services available via our Service may include materials from third-parties.

Third-party links on this site may direct you to third-party websites that are not affiliated with us. We are not responsible for examining or evaluating the content or accuracy and we do not warrant and will not have any liability or responsibility for any third-party materials or websites, or for any other materials, products, or services of third-parties.

We are not liable for any harm or damages related to the purchase or use of goods, services, resources, content, or any other transactions made in connection with any third-party websites. Please review carefully the third-party’s policies and practices and make sure you understand them before you engage in any transaction. Complaints, claims, concerns, or questions regarding third-party products should be directed to the third-party.


If, at our request, you send certain specific submissions (for example contest entries) or without a request from us you send creative ideas, suggestions, proposals, plans, or other materials, whether online, by email, by postal mail, or otherwise (collectively, ‘comments’), you agree that we may, at any time, without restriction, edit, copy, publish, distribute, translate and otherwise use in any medium any comments that you forward to us. We are and shall be under no obligation (1) to maintain any comments in confidence; (2) to pay compensation for any comments; or (3) to respond to any comments.

We may, but have no obligation to, monitor, edit or remove content that we determine in our sole discretion are unlawful, offensive, threatening, libelous, defamatory, pornographic, obscene or otherwise objectionable or violates any party’s intellectual property or these Terms of Service.

You agree that your comments will not violate any right of any third-party, including copyright, trademark, privacy, personality or other personal or proprietary right. You further agree that your comments will not contain libelous or otherwise unlawful, abusive or obscene material, or contain any computer virus or other malware that could in any way affect the operation of the Service or any related website. You may not use a false e-mail address, pretend to be someone other than yourself, or otherwise mislead us or third-parties as to the origin of any comments. You are solely responsible for any comments you make and their accuracy. We take no responsibility and assume no liability for any comments posted by you or any third-party.


Your submission of personal information through the store is governed by our Privacy Policy. To view our Privacy Policy see above.


Occasionally there may be information on our site or in the Service that contains typographical errors, inaccuracies or omissions that may relate to product descriptions, pricing, promotions, offers, product shipping charges, transit times and availability. We reserve the right to correct any errors, inaccuracies or omissions, and to change or update information or cancel orders if any information in the Service or on any related website is inaccurate at any time without prior notice (including after you have submitted your order).

We undertake no obligation to update, amend or clarify information in the Service or on any related website, including without limitation, pricing information, except as required by law. No specified update or refresh date applied in the Service or on any related website, should be taken to indicate that all information in the Service or on any related website has been modified or updated.


In addition to other prohibitions as set forth in the Terms of Service, you are prohibited from using the site or its content: (a) for any unlawful purpose; (b) to solicit others to perform or participate in any unlawful acts; (c) to violate any international, federal, provincial or state regulations, rules, laws, or local ordinances; (d) to infringe upon or violate our intellectual property rights or the intellectual property rights of others; (e) to harass, abuse, insult, harm, defame, slander, disparage, intimidate, or discriminate based on gender, sexual orientation, religion, ethnicity, race, age, national origin, or disability; (f) to submit false or misleading information; (g) to upload or transmit viruses or any other type of malicious code that will or may be used in any way that will affect the functionality or operation of the Service or of any related website, other websites, or the Internet; (h) to collect or track the personal information of others; (i) to spam, phish, pharm, pretext, spider, crawl, or scrape; (j) for any obscene or immoral purpose; or (k) to interfere with or circumvent the security features of the Service or any related website, other websites, or the Internet. We reserve the right to terminate your use of the Service or any related website for violating any of the prohibited uses.


We do not guarantee, represent or warrant that your use of our service will be uninterrupted, timely, secure or error-free.

We do not warrant that the results that may be obtained from the use of the service will be accurate or reliable.

You agree that from time to time we may remove the service for indefinite periods of time or cancel the service at any time, without notice to you.

You expressly agree that your use of, or inability to use, the service is at your sole risk. The service and all products and services delivered to you through the service are (except as expressly stated by us) provided ‘as is’ and ‘as available’ for your use, without any representation, warranties or conditions of any kind, either express or implied, including all implied warranties or conditions of merchantability, merchantable quality, fitness for a particular purpose, durability, title, and non-infringement.

In no case shall Dornoch Whisky Festival, our directors, officers, employees, affiliates, agents, contractors, interns, suppliers, service providers or licensors be liable for any injury, loss, claim, or any direct, indirect, incidental, punitive, special, or consequential damages of any kind, including, without limitation lost profits, lost revenue, lost savings, loss of data, replacement costs, or any similar damages, whether based in contract, tort (including negligence), strict liability or otherwise, arising from your use of any of the service or any products procured using the service, or for any other claim related in any way to your use of the service or any product, including, but not limited to, any errors or omissions in any content, or any loss or damage of any kind incurred as a result of the use of the service or any content (or product) posted, transmitted, or otherwise made available via the service, even if advised of their possibility. Because some areas or jurisdictions do not allow the exclusion or the limitation of liability for consequential or incidental damages, in such states or jurisdictions, our liability shall be limited to the maximum extent permitted by law.


You agree to indemnify, defend and hold harmless Dornoch Whisky Festival and our parent, subsidiaries, affiliates, partners, officers, directors, agents, contractors, licensors, service providers, subcontractors, suppliers, interns and employees, harmless from any claim or demand, including reasonable attorneys’ fees, made by any third-party due to or arising out of your breach of these Terms of Service or the documents they incorporate by reference, or your violation of any law or the rights of a third-party.


In the event that any provision of these Terms of Service is determined to be unlawful, void or unenforceable, such provision shall nonetheless be enforceable to the fullest extent permitted by applicable law, and the unenforceable portion shall be deemed to be severed from these Terms of Service, such determination shall not affect the validity and enforceability of any other remaining provisions.


The obligations and liabilities of the parties incurred prior to the termination date shall survive the termination of this agreement for all purposes.

These Terms of Service are effective unless and until terminated by either you or us. You may terminate these Terms of Service at any time by notifying us that you no longer wish to use our Services, or when you cease using our site.

If in our sole judgment you fail, or we suspect that you have failed, to comply with any term or provision of these Terms of Service, we also may terminate this agreement at any time without notice and you will remain liable for all amounts due up to and including the date of termination; and/or accordingly may deny you access to our Services (or any part thereof).


The failure of us to exercise or enforce any right or provision of these Terms of Service shall not constitute a waiver of such right or provision.

These Terms of Service and any policies or operating rules posted by us on this site or in respect to The Service constitutes the entire agreement and understanding between you and us and govern your use of the Service, superseding any prior or contemporaneous agreements, communications and proposals, whether oral or written, between you and us (including, but not limited to, any prior versions of the Terms of Service).

Any ambiguities in the interpretation of these Terms of Service shall not be construed against the drafting party.


These Terms of Service and any separate agreements whereby we provide you Services shall be governed by and construed in accordance with the laws of Scotland, under the United Kingdom.


You can review the most current version of the Terms of Service at any time at this page.

We reserve the right, at our sole discretion, to update, change or replace any part of these Terms of Service by posting updates and changes to our website. It is your responsibility to check our website periodically for changes. Your continued use of or access to our website or the Service following the posting of any changes to these Terms of Service constitutes acceptance of those changes.


Questions about the Terms of Service should be sent to us here.