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“lady cawdor”(31 reviews)
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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, turrets, battlements and...more
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Nairn IV12 5RD, Scotland
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Reviewed today

We enjoyed a nice walk around the castle and enjoyed the gardens especially. I saw many familiar and some unfamiliar plants.

Thank spotmycat
Reviewed today

Really interesting castle with hilarious and irreverent cards talking you through the history of the castle and the many residents who called it their home.

Thank Karen M
Reviewed today

We had a nice surprise discovering Cawdor Castle. It is a privilege to have the chance to visit such a private castle. Beautiful gardens, the maze was unfortunately not accessible.

Thank Jletp2018
Reviewed today via mobile

I live locally and have only been twice in the 4 years we've lived here as its too expensive to go often. Its a lovely castle, the flower gardens are beautiful and the nature walks are lovely today we saw loads of butterflies. A top...More

Thank Alicia G
Reviewed today

Forget the Macbeth rumors – Shakespeare’s Macbeth may have been the Thain of Cawdor but that fictional character lived a few centuries before this castle was built. No matter, Cawdor Castle is well worth a visit. The castle is restored for modern living, it is...More

Thank Michael S
Reviewed today

As other reviewers have noted, this is not a mediaeval castle preserved in that time period. Personally, I found it interesting to see how the home had been updated over the years. I came as part of a small group tour and our guide provided...More

Thank cjohn416
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

So we visited here as part of a cruise tour. The castle on the outside is beautiful but on the inside I personally didn’t feel that the decor was really in keeping and was far too modern for the castle. I appreciate that this may...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

The best part of this half day visit was walking the garden paths and a nature trail along a small stream behind the castle. The castle itself is underwhelming. You tour through a few rooms but its basically an estate home. The café has ice...More

Thank SaskatchewanViking68
Reviewed 1 week ago

Needed to see Cawdor, even though I had it on my 'castle list' for mistaken purposes. Macbeth was probably never there but thankfully Shakespeare stretched historical fact, otherwise I might have missed this gem. Cawdor is a 'proper castle', lovingly maintained. As is the case...More

Thank ThaneLansing
Reviewed 1 week ago

Visited here today but unable to review as we didn't realize it wasn't dog-friendly. I realized we wouldn't get into the castle but was hoping to get into the grounds and the gardens which I had heard so much about and really wanted to see.

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Thomas S
31 January 2018|
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Response from Martin L | Reviewed this property |
No, it is private still and well worth a visit
15 January 2018|
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Response from twarney | Reviewed this property |
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
Bill H
7 August 2017|
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Response from Pedick73 | Reviewed this property |
Hey Bill I hope my answer is not too late, I fixing a pen too much help time in the gardens but I would think you could do it in a couple of hours as long as the weather is good.