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Cawdor Castle, Nairn

Categories: Gardens, Castles, Nature & Parks, Tourist Spots
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4.1/5 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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  • Self guided tour of the castle so you can take as long as you like to read the amusing room information cards - well done to the writer. Interesting story about the tree growing through the castle. Ga...  read more »
  • Very freindly staff ,nothing too much trouble.The lady in the courtyard shop was very proud to be a part of the castle staff.Felt very envious of Lady Cawdor.What a place to call home. 
  • Just can't say enough about what a great place this was to visit! Photo opportunities galore, and more history than you can shake a stick at. 
  • 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.
  • The Castle gardens and the Big Wood are virtually without comparison in the world. In addition to organic gardening and the use of fresh ingredients from the garden and region in their canteen/restaurant area, the Countess of Cawdor and her team have preserved the Big Wood where you can experience truly awe-inspiring ancient trees, an experience only (potentially) surpassed by properly protected coastal rainforest areas in North America. Though the castle is private for part of the year, its condition, that of its garden and the enchanting Big Wood are worth a visit alone. Oh yes, the choice of art in the gardens is also truly superb, these are the best gardens and grounds of any castle I have visited in Scotland and elsewhere. We paid a generous fee for admission, but it was worth every pence and I would visit it again in a heartbeat.
  • Gorgeous castle. Enjoyed learning Scottish history and touring the Macbeth castle!
  • Just historically stunning & outstanding gardens. Thoroughly enjoyed.
  • Castle is a private home. It's not open all the time. Check opening times/dates before visiting.
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