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Cawdor Castle, Nairn

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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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  • One of my favorites of the entire 3 weeks I was in Scotland. The interior of the castle is well signed and decorated. The gardens were stunning (the maze is only available to visit by appointment), ev...  more »
  • Cawdor Castle is a late 14th century construction built as a private fortress for the Thanes of Cawdor. It features a medieval tower built around a holly tree and the castle features a lot of the pain...  more »
  • OK, I knew to begin with that the famous thane of Cawdor, Macbeth, never could have possibly been in this castle. But it just felt like history wears well here. Loved the castle and the grounds. Even ...  more »
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  • I'm giving this 5 stars for the gardens and cafe. The castle itself interesting but I wouldn't drive out just for that but the gardens were wonderful. The scones coffee and sandwiches in the bright pleasant little cafe were delicious. They even have a beautiful small golf course you can play. Think it must be 9 holes. Looked quite nice if you're a golfer. An enjoyable outing.
  • Enter the castle grounds and step back into 1454 when Kings and Queens roamed the elegant hallways. The maze garden and sculptures are beautiful and the trail that runs alongside the creek below the castle is worth the stroll. Take your time here and enjoy the history of Scotland.
  • Nice walk around and inside the castle. Nicely decorated rooms and some cool artifacts. Cute gift shop and the food at the cafe is yummy( recommending their scones)
  • Absolutrly fantastic! The Grounds are impeccable and the Castle itself in delightful and quaint. The surrounding woods and walks are great. Do yourself a favour and READ THE ROOM DESCRIPTIONS! Written by the Late Lord Cawdor, they are both hilarious and insightful.
  • Very interesting, privately owned castle that is lived in in the winter and is presented as is. Amazing grounds and sculpted gardens. Worth a visit in the summer just for the rose arch. There's a good café and a golf course.

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