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Cawdor Castle

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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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All reviewslady cawdorgardens are beautifulfamily homedowager countessflower gardenself guided tourgift shopnature trailown paceholly treeon displayinformation boardsformal gardensopen to the publicwell worth the visitsoupgolf course
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Reviewed yesterday

We visited this castle as a couple on a wet Sunday at the end of August. We still found it to be very warm and welcoming with a lovely homely atmosphere. There was plenty to keep us entertained for a couple of hours, even in...More

Thank SmileyBean
Reviewed 2 days ago

Well kept Castle set in beautiful gardens about 30 minutes from Inverness. Privately owned and family still use the castle. Currently costs £11 to enter castle and gardens an worth every penny. Rooms are well laid out with many family heirlooms on display. The gardens...More

Thank jakkinthegroove
Reviewed 5 days ago

What a very special and absolutely lovely castle and gardens. The care and love that have gone into this exceptional property are evident. if you anywhere in the area, or even if you are not, this is essential to see. And by the way, they...More

Thank Vieuxcarre
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

Ok Shakespeare fibbed by saying Macbeth was the Thane of Cawdor. He probably never came near the place.......but who cares? The castle is true to the opening lines about this castle has a pleasant seat etc etc. We had a most enjoyable couple of hours....More

Thank GloucestershireAlex
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This gorgeous castle is only a short drive from Inverness, downju the road from Culloden battlefield. It is the quintessential Scottish castle with its drawbridge, dungeon and worn stone staircases. Each room is meticulously furnished and beautifully presented, with a couple of guides stationed throughout...More

Thank panda2373
Reviewed 1 week ago

Cawdor Castle is an absolute must see while in the Scottish Highlands. It is still used by the Cawdor family to this day. The castle is lovely & if you are looking for Downton Abbey this is about as close as you will get. The...More

Thank Baja001
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We visited Cawdor Castle and Gardens in Sept., 2017. It was beautiful and ready for tourists...there was a small cafe with excellent lunch choices, there was much to see, and I enjoyed reading about the family. The gardens were exceptionally nice with plenty of blooms...More

Thank Sue P
Reviewed 1 week ago

A beautifully restored castle full of furniture, tapestries, family memorabilia. A self-guided tour. The gardens were lovely. The staff friendly. Great country road up to the castle, and an old cairn nearby.

Thank Susan O
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Being a Campbell and visiting Cawdor Castle is a surreal experience. To walk the same grounds as your ancestors is truly a moving experience. The castle is in excellent condition and the grounds are beautiful. The staff is friendly and knowledgeable. The small cafe has...More

Thank thomascampbell3
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We visited in August and were lucky to arrive when it was not crowded. We were able to enjoy the grounds and castle with just a few others. The staff onsite were lovely. Very knowledgeable and eager to chat with us to make sure the...More

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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.