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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. To visit Cawdor Castle on your trip to Nairn, use our Nairn online road trip planner.
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  • We stopped at Cawdor Castle on a bus tour from our cruise ship. We didn't really know what to expect. It didn't fit my traditional definition of a castle, which I would say is a fortress used for...  more »
  • The castle does hath a pleasant seat, and the air does nimbly and sweetly recommend itself (my travel companion described it as delicate - with which I very much disagree). Garden is well appointed.....  more »
  • Big, big thanks to Graham, the Castle Manager. On Saturday 12th September, myself and a small group of friends went for a walk and picnic in Cawdor Woods. We were there as part of a 60th birthday...  more »
  • The castle is well maintained and each room has a printed explanation of significance and artifacts within. The gardens are worth a visit more so than the castle interior of you had to choose only one. That being said, the castle is very cool. Especially the tree still preserved in dungeon. Great story there. Check it out!
  • Always a sheer pleasure to visit this beautiful fairytale Castle and stunning grounds. Great for families and for those who like walking. There are walks and educational points regarding the various old trees on the walks. And even a maze. Food is tasty there and the historical audio guide through the rooms is very intriguing. A great place.
  • One of our favourite castle stops on a recent tour of the Isles! Loved the gardens, it was in full bloom when we visited and offered so much to see with all the little hidden corners and rooms amongst the flowers. The castle interior is really well maintained and staged, with detailed plaques offering historical information. You really got the sense that people live(d) there. The dungeon was particularly cool to see with the tree preserved in its center.
  • Beeeeaaautiful place. As the audio welcome suggests when you begin the tour, I found the energy to be, indeed, like a warm hug. The Countess' taste is impeccable. Every single trinket, paintings, sculptures, and other vignettes are perfectly placed throughout. And, of course, the gardens and grounds are masterfully arranged and maintained. It's a nice touch that the guided audio tour is the voice of Dowager Countess Angelika herself.
  • Fantastic castle and grounds. The house is full of unexpected items ranging over the many years of its life. The gardens are beautiful. There is a walled garden as well as other areas to enjoy. Parking is easy. When we went there was a piper outside the gates welcoming guests. Obviously popular with visitors of cruise ships but plenty of space so you don't feel crowded. Good cafe serving a variety of food.

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