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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  • August 19, 2017
    Castle and especially technologist really worth watching, despite heavy Scottish rain were the gardens and surrounding walking trails a magnificent and moving impression
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  • August 18, 2017
    We had a wonderful visit to Cawdor, helped by glorious sunshine. The building is very fine, really well presented with an excellent, and in places quite witty, room by room guide written by the Earl. ...  more »
  • August 16, 2017
    Lovely castle, the bedrooms were particularly stunning, the dungeon was truly frightful, there's an awesome art collection, beautiful gardens, and a tea shop with yummy foods!  more »
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  • June 15, 2017
    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.
  • July 23, 2017
    Enter the castle grounds and step back into 1454 when Kings and Queens roamed the elegant hallways. The maze garden and sculptures are beautiful and the trail that runs alongside the creek below the castle is worth the stroll. Take your time here and enjoy the history of Scotland.
  • July 24, 2017
    Nice walk around and inside the castle. Nicely decorated rooms and some cool artifacts. Cute gift shop and the food at the cafe is yummy( recommending their scones)
  • July 22, 2017
    Absolutrly fantastic! The Grounds are impeccable and the Castle itself in delightful and quaint. The surrounding woods and walks are great. Do yourself a favour and READ THE ROOM DESCRIPTIONS! Written by the Late Lord Cawdor, they are both hilarious and insightful.
  • May 28, 2017
    Very interesting, privately owned castle that is lived in in the winter and is presented as is. Amazing grounds and sculpted gardens. Worth a visit in the summer just for the rose arch. There's a good café and a golf course.

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