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. To visit Cawdor Castle on your trip to Nairn, use our Nairn online road trip planner .
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  • Its construction is dated around the year 1400. If there have been additions or renovations that does not. The old stones have kept all their attractions. The inside is equal to the outside. It is rare to see kitchens "time". The Park and gardens pleasantly complete the site. The price is a little high compared to others of the same category. But it's still a very good trip in time.
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  • We were there in July. The weather was perfect and the gardens were beautiful. Basically you walk through on your own which is good because you can set your own pace.  more »
  • Both inside and outside very beautiful. Visit the gardens (with labyrinth and Minotaur). The gardens are really wonderful!
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  • Incredible wonderful castle to visit! The family still lives there and it's very we taken care of. Gardens are amazing by far the best we saw!! Really a lovely place to be. I wish I could have stayed longer!! Could have stayed all day!!
  • Well worth a visit! We are fortunate to live within reachable distance to this castle with it's wonderful gardens. The castle is bijou and very much a castle, if you know what I mean. The duchess lives there in the winter and down the road in her other residence in the summer. The gardens show a good variety as the seasonal changes happen. Early in the season the Rhododendrons are glorious. Midsummer the garden is vibrant and full of colour and later on in the season that lovely blowsy quality of the start of autumn. The forest walks are interesting. We buy a yearly concession which ends up paying for itself after a few visits. The coffee shop is a bit mundane and could do with more variety covering a wider range of of options with at least one vegan option, vegetarian and more. hooves for people who suffer from diabetes etc. The prices are in the medium price range. There is plenty of free parking including for busses and camper vans. The toilets are clean. Most places are wheel chair friendly. The gardens are closed in the winter.
  • Very interesting. Make sure and leave time to tour the grounds. They were wonderful!
  • Friendly staff and a facinating self guided tour through the ages of Cawdor Castle.
  • 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.
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