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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  • They did not like tall people in the past: mind your head in the stairs ;) Great place. The castle itself is very interesting to visit. It is various pieces of history. The gardens are amazing. Gorgeous plants and amazing landscape. It is a must go if you're around.
  • 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.
  • We thought Cawdor Castle a magical and spiritual place. The Castle itself is a beautiful home, tasteful and cosy. The gardens are splendid, again full of mystery and magic. The cafe is welcoming, offering lovely food in spotless and bright surroundings. The lady in the shop was most helpful and very friendly. Altogether Cawdor Castle is magnificent and I think the owner is most generous in letting us see it in all it's glory.
  • This was one of the most interesting and beautiful castles we have ever seen. Still lived in today Gardens, herb garden and orchard are beautiful and there is a real maze!!!
  • Amazing castle, must visit. So much history here. Set in beautiful grounds which are worth exploring, there's even a golf coarse. Had a great day here.

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