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Cawdor Castle

Nairn IV12 5RD, Scotland
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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 standards.
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  • Average9%
  • Poor3%
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Nairn IV12 5RD, Scotland
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Reviewed yesterday

We were intending to go into the mountains today but the weather was pretty dire so we headed for Cawdor instead. The castle appears to be a major tourist draw - it is well signposted and has a large carpark. From what I could see,...More

Thank MarcusHurley
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

We enjoyed the visit round the house which was very interesting. Plenty to admire and wonder at the old kitchens and the quaint bedrooms etc. Unfortunately it rained while we were there so we didn't go into the gardens although we did have a look...More

Thank Ugandalad
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

A must visit. What a Castle! Loads to explore. Fabulous gardens and grounds. Nice tearoom and tasteful gift shop. Loved our day here.

Thank MmeBarbes
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Self-guided tour of the "castle" was mildly disappointing--there is little that is memorable. The grounds, however, are extraordinary.

Thank James C
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

Cawdor castle is a must stop for anyone interested in Macbeth, or dungeons, or medieval times, or current socialite family dramas or history at all for that matter. The highlight of our time in Inverness!

Thank Brittany M
AllyRR, General Manager at Cawdor Castle, responded to this reviewResponded 3 days ago

We are glad you enjoyed your visit, many thanks for taking the time to write a review

Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

Have meant to visit for a long time , used to live in Inverness and the castle is well known locally. Feels more like a stately home than a fortress . It's a little smaller than I imagined. Supposedly the thane of Cawdor , when...More

1  Thank David C
AllyRR, General Manager at Cawdor Castle, responded to this reviewResponded 5 days ago

Thanks for your review and for telling the story of Cawdor Castle! Very accurately!

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

It is well worth making a visit to this castle. The rooms are well laid out with helpful information notes to facilitate a self guided tour. Outside the gardens are lovely.

Thank Sludger134
AllyRR, General Manager at Cawdor Castle, responded to this reviewResponded 5 days ago

Thanks for your review

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The grounds are available to look at aswell at extra charge, the castle is quite large and you can visit only certain parts but that us quite alit as someone does live in a part of it. Got quite a few photos you can see...More

AllyRR, General Manager at Cawdor Castle, responded to this reviewResponded 5 days ago

Thanks for your review. Just to be clear to other readers, there is no extra charge for the gardens - it is all included in your castle ticket and you can easily spend all day here if you want. The rooms you see are the...More

Reviewed 1 week ago

A traditional Scottish Castle which feels very much lived in and homely. The tapestries have been well preserved and are still brightly coloured. Many rooms are on display all beautifully furnished but you have to watch for the low doors. The old kitchen is brilliant....More

Thank Martin L
AllyRR, General Manager at Cawdor Castle, responded to this reviewResponded 5 days ago

Thanks for your review - we are glad you enjoyed your visit

Reviewed 1 week ago

A wonderful castle with beautifully kept furnishings and artwork. The gardens are exquisite and you can walk along a pathway along the river behind the castle.

Thank LJeMD
AllyRR, General Manager at Cawdor Castle, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thanks for your review. We are glad you enjoyed your visit

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Bill H
8 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.
14 May 2017|
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Response from Alistair G | Property representative |
You can park in the car park and access the nature trails from there
Anne R
7 May 2017|
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Response from CawdorCastle | Property representative |
There is a dog walking area next to the car park but we are afraid dogs are not allowed in the castle grounds and gardens, sorry