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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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  • Very interesting place to spend a day . Nice gardens and a short woodland walk by the river which leads to a play area for children. 
    Very interesting place to spend a day . Nice gardens and a short woodland walk by the river which leads to a play area for children.  more »
  • Very enjoyable. The audio guide is excellent and very useful indeed - I much preferred it to reading the information cards as you usually have to in such places. The one way system around is very... 
    Very enjoyable. The audio guide is excellent and very useful indeed - I much preferred it to reading the information cards as you usually have to in such places. The one way system around is very...  more »
  • We had a really lovely few hours here, the gardens are beautiful with interesting art pieces dotted around. Especially loved the bird feeder, and so did the birds fortunately. The castle is very... 
    We had a really lovely few hours here, the gardens are beautiful with interesting art pieces dotted around. Especially loved the bird feeder, and so did the birds fortunately. The castle is very...  more »
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  • £13.50 per adult for an audio guided tour through this 1400s+ fully furnished castle plus gardens. It's a decent amount for your money and an overall beautiful experience. Only a bit off the highway, Cawdor Castle is in the hamlet of Cawdor, where you follow the signs (our Google Maps led us astray) for parking a light walk from the castle itself - which you won't see from the highway or road there! Parking is free. Concessions just 1 pound less. You buy the tickets at a booth outside and are given audio tour devices. There are a limited number of (free) lockers available as backpacks and purses are not allowed. There is also a bathroom at this entrance point but nowhere else. Once inside, you follow the signs to go through the several open rooms in order. You hear the history of the several times expanded keep and castle as well as its architecture and decor choices over the centuries and up through the 1970s. You end with the dungeon, then kitchen, then gift shop. There are two gardens on site to explore as you wish, each of which was still beautiful given the mid-August time of year. While the castle has many stairs and no lift, the gardens are flat. There are so many castles to see across the UK, but Cawdor's castle and gardens had character and was well-received by our group.
  • What a wonderful experience and beauty. We walked the Castle and drank delicious hot chocolate to wam up. Then walked the grounds enjoying the natural beauty of the well manicured lawns and the playground. Then walked along the whispering creek and back for a light lunch of delicious mushroom soup. Everything was amazing.
  • We attended an play in the grounds of Cawdor Castle and Gardens performed by The Handlebards theatre Group. They cycle from event to event and put on their take on Shakespeare plays. They are hilarious and we'll worth going if they perform in your area. The backdrop of the Castle was stunning as the sun set. Cawdor Castle is beautiful place set and worth a visit. They even have a pitch and putt golf course in the grounds.
  • When you think of a Scottish Castle with turrets, this is it! A fascinating place with the bonus of a self guided tour with audio handsets, so you can explore at your own pace. Photos permitted but do not use flash. Lovely gardens, woodland to explore and a children's play area in the woods. Cafe and loos. You may need to leave large bags at the entrance in lockers or just leave them in the car.
  • Must see beautiful place stipped in history and lived in. Reasonably priced tickets and food drinks in cafe on premises. Your also given hand help remote controlled gadget follow instructions gives you your own personal tour of place which you can stop and start via buttons on remote. Gift shops full of items to purchase. Photos are allowed to be taken so you can snap away.

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