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Cawdor Castle

Nairn IV12 5RD, Scotland
+44 7711 126685
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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 drawbridge, belie an enchanting interior of fine art, tapestries and furniture which create the warm and welcoming feel of a home rather than a museum. The castle, set in stunning grounds with three beautiful and varied gardens, is surrounded by the magnificent Cawdor Big Wood, one of the finest woodland areas in Europe, threaded with colour coded nature trails to explore. Visitors are invited to enjoy a delicious lunch or tea with home-baking from our mouth-watering menu in the courtyard café, then browse the exciting range of gifts and goodies in our three shops and, time permitting, have fun on the putting green and short 9-hole golf course which provides enjoyment for all abilities.
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"beautiful gardens"
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"lady cawdor"
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"dowager countess"
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"flower garden"
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"self guided tour"
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"gift shop"
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"on display"
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"holly tree"
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"someone's home"
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"open to the public"
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"well worth the visit"
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

You can spend some time roaming around the grounds here. Beautiful castle, very well kept. The grounds and gardens are definitely worth the time to hike around.

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Reviewed 9 December 2017

Cawdor Castle is surrounded by beautiful gardens. The castle is best known from its literary connections to William Shakespeare’s Macbeth even though the castle is actually built after the play was written. Thank you "Travel's Easy" in Denmark for recommending and organising.

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Reviewed 3 December 2017

We visited this castle as part of a Globus tour. It is really worth the time to see this. It gives you a great feel for what it was like to live in a castle in modern times. Most of the furnishings seems to have...More

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Reviewed 5 November 2017 via mobile

Some times a Castle is a Castle, but this is well worth a visit. The grounds are sensational also. Good history, easy to walk around and helpful staff.

1  Thank Nairnp
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Reviewed 1 November 2017

This was a really interesting Castle to visit as it is still a family home and full of family mementos amidst the historical artifacts. The castle has a great historical aspect and you can imagine the countess' grandchildren exploring all the nooks and crannies. The...More

Thank Philip R
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Reviewed 30 October 2017 via mobile

Very pretty castle with even nicer garden. Staff is very friendly,helpful. Is a nice gift shop, you can make a day over there and have a wee walk to forest as well.

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Reviewed 29 October 2017

Very interesting to visit a castle that people still live in! We enjoyed our day there and loved the gardens!

Thank Despina T
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Reviewed 15 October 2017

The exterior of the castle was impressive and there were some pretty gardens, which were the highlights of the visit for us. We were disappointed with the interior, as we left feeling like it was more about revenue generation and moving people through than history...More

Thank Michelle T
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Reviewed 14 October 2017

You can spend hours walking the many gardens surrounding the castle. Everything was in bloom and beautiful. The cafe served delicious food especially the squash soup.

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Reviewed 7 October 2017

Good place to visit after visiting Culloden battlefield. Nicely maintained and an fairly extensive garden area.

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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
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fabulousboo90
15 January 2018|
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Response from Sarah F | Reviewed this property |
No. Only if you get the garden tickets which are well worth it!
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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.
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