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Re-opens 13th April 2019 A romantic fairy-tale castle that has been the home of the Thanes of Cawdor since 1370, Cawdor has evolved into a charming family mansion and the most outstanding of stately homes. The dramatic medieval tower, dungeon...more
All reviews lady cawdor gardens are beautiful family home dowager countess flower garden formal gardens self guided tour gift shop own pace holly tree on display information boards open to the public soup well worth the visit golf course maze
This is a proper functioning castle, the family still inhabit it.
The tour of the castle is well put together and the guide was interesting to listen to.
The highlight for us are the gardens no matter what time of year you visit.
Large car park, easy to find. Beautiful castle - I highly recommend reading the room notes in each room (or buying the guide book, which contains all the notes), because whoever wrote them has a wicked sense of humour! Gardens are stunning. Formal gardens, but...More
After visiting numerous so-called castles in Scotland, Cawdor had more of what I expected from a castle - thick stone walls, tapestries, low doorways, a hodgepodge design from additions over the years, a drawbridge, and formal gardens. We visited in early October, just a few...More
Cawdor Castle is still occupied by the Cawdor family. So it is furnished. The castle is great, but the furnishings are extraordinary as well. The add so much to the history. The gardens are fun to walk through as well.
This was our last stop on a long day of touring as the weather got increasingly chilly and quite windy....really felt like Scottish fall was coming on. If you ever wonder what it is like to live in a castle, this is the place to...More
The castle itself was interesting but a bit of a hotch potch in style. The old kitchen took you straight back in time.
We had a lovely, inexpensive lunch of soup and sandwiches.
The highlight , of course, is the grounds. They are magnificent even...More
This castle is lived in. Dates to 1100's and has been added to extensively. Rooms well decorated. Great signage. Worth your time.
We thought the gardens were a high point.
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A very nice Castle still habited from October to April. Entering the rooms is like coming home, what an atmosphere, nice furniture, paintings, the kitchen downstairs, one can walk 3 times again and still discover new things. Also outside the garden is very nice, despite...More
The tour of the castle was self guided which we appreciated because then we could concentrate on what we found interesting. But then we also met a very friendly guide who willingly shared all his knowledge and we had a long and very interesting talk...More
Sorry for the late posting. But to answer your question in a more general tone I give you this. Normally you don't see that many castles from the main roads. Exceptions may be those atop of hills or mountains, ie Stirling... More
Sorry for the late posting. But to answer your question in a more general tone I give you this. Normally you don't see that many castles from the main roads. Exceptions may be those atop of hills or mountains, ie Stirling Castle. While you do see the occasional castle from the road I find this to be more the exception than the norm. Especially those in current use as a museum or residence. But I do find it is worth the effort to seek them out and they are not usually that hard to find. At least those that open their doors to the public. But do be more selective of those who are private. Many owners do not appreciate their privacy being interrupted, especially by strange cars in their driveway. Besides who can blame them? If a road is marked private then please respect the owners' wishes. However there are many castles that can be seen from public roads close by but typically you do have to go out of your way to find them.