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Cawdor Castle, Nairn

(4.2/5 based on 800+ reviews on the web)
Cawdor Castle is perhaps best known for its literary connection to William Shakespeare’s play Macbeth, in which the title character is made "Thane of Cawdor." However, the 600-year-old castle, still home to the Cawdor family, was built many years after the life of the 11th-century King Macbeth. Visit the walled garden, flower garden, wild garden, and the woods featuring numerous species of trees and 100 species of lichen. Enjoy the nature trails, golf course, putting green, duck pond, and picnic area. Don’t miss the ancient medieval tower, built around the legendary holly tree. Admire the furniture, portraits, other artwork, and tapestries. Grab a bite at the Courtyard Cafe or the snack bar and stop in at the gift shop, Highland Shop, or Wool Shop. Parking is available. Use our Nairn itinerary maker to add Cawdor Castle and other attractions to your Nairn vacation plans.
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  • It was such an amazing countryside escape at the Castle, which boasts the extensive grounds and magnificent decorations. The guided staff were extremely kind and accommodating. Travelled there by a pr...  more »
  • What time of year is it is a key question for visiting. Nothing better than going when the gardens are in full bloom. We visited however last after this and we still had a very lovely time. There's so...  more »
  • Is a small castle, in excellent condition, surrounded by nature. The rooms are richly decorated but follow one another along the way without hitting particularly. The garden is beautiful and full of flowers, but some areas seem less cared for. The maze was not open to the public. We didn't have time to walk in the surrounding woods. Overall nice.
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  • Lovely castle and grounds. Really homely. Could imagine Lady Cawdor and her guests enjoying living there over the winter months. Grounds and gardens were spectacular. Shame the hedge maze was shut for maintenance. Lots of walks from the grounds into the woods. Plenty of parking and good cafe. Only a few rooms on the ground floor are wheelchair accessible though. Friendly staff. Can get busy if a coach trip arrives.
  • Another lovely visit to Cawdor. This year we only visited the gardens and cafe and, as before, the gardens were full of bright flowers arranged to contrast with each other. There is a formal walled garden with a maze, a more relaxed flower garden, and the surrounding forest for longer treks. Cawdor itself is very grand and atmospheric, even just from the outside. A great day out!
  • Stunning place to visit and its only 6 miles from the amazing nairn beach to the east and 10miles from Culloden battlefield to the west
  • A great place to spend a afternoon. Wonderful outdoor gardens, and then the castle tour is just fantastic.
  • Nice castle, fast auto guided tour. The gardens were in a very good condition, but before going into the maze you have to book it.. :( it allows a naturalistic walk in the woods as well.. The only wish is to climb the towers to enjoy the view of the lands that surrounds it.