Cawdor Castle, Nairn

4.2
#2 of 18 in Things to do in Nairn
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 .
Create an itinerary including Cawdor Castle
map
Cawdor Castle Reviews
Rate this attraction
TripAdvisor Traveler Rating
TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.0
946 reviews
Google
4.4
TripAdvisor
  • Castle and especially technologist really worth watching, despite heavy Scottish rain were the gardens and surrounding walking trails a magnificent and moving impression
    View original
  • 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 »
  • 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 »
Google
  • 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.

Plan your trip to Nairn

  • Get a personalized plan

    A complete day-by-day itinerary
    based on your preferences
  • Customize it

    Refine your plan. We'll find the
    best routes and schedules
  • Book it

    Choose from the best hotels
    and activities. Up to 50% off
  • Manage it

    Everything in one place.
    Everyone on the same page.

Where to stay in Nairn

Browse hotels, guesthouses, and unique homes and book your stay on the world's leading accommodation sites.
Live like a local, find unique places to stay
Millions of travel reviews on TripAdvisor

Plans in Nairn by other users

8 days in Scotland BY A USER FROM UNITED KINGDOM April, culture, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, museums, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: April, culture, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, museums ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 43 days in Scotland BY A USER FROM HUNGARY January, teens, culture, outdoors, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, wildlife, fast-paced, popular PREFERENCES: January, teens, culture, outdoors, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Fast-paced 29 days in Scotland BY A USER FROM UNITED KINGDOM May, popular PREFERENCES: May ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 32 days in Scotland BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES February, popular PREFERENCES: February ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 15 days in London & Scotland BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES August, culture, outdoors, romantic, historic sites, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: August, culture, outdoors, romantic, historic sites ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 57 days in Scotland BY A USER FROM AUSTRALIA March, culture, outdoors, relaxing, historic sites, museums, popular PREFERENCES: March, culture, outdoors, relaxing, historic sites, museums ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 12 days in United Kingdom & Ireland BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES May, popular PREFERENCES: May ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 54 days in Scotland BY A USER FROM UNITED KINGDOM April, popular PREFERENCES: April ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 2 days in Nairn BY A USER FROM UNITED KINGDOM February, popular PREFERENCES: February ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 57 days in Scotland BY A USER FROM GREECE March, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife, popular PREFERENCES: March, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 60 days in Scotland BY A USER FROM AUSTRALIA June, culture, outdoors, popular PREFERENCES: June, culture, outdoors ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 7 days in United Kingdom BY A USER FROM UNITED KINGDOM August, culture, outdoors, romantic, slow & easy, popular PREFERENCES: August, culture, outdoors, romantic ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Slow & easy
View more plans