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Cawdor Castle

Nairn IV12 5RD, Scotland
+44 7711 126685
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A romantic fairy-tale castle that has been the home of the Thanes of Cawdor since 1370, Cawdor has evolved into a charming family mansion and the most outstanding of stately homes. The dramatic medieval tower, dungeon, turrets, battlements and drawbridge, belie an enchanting interior of fine art, tapestries and furniture which create the warm and welcoming feel of a home rather than a museum. The castle, set in stunning grounds with three beautiful and varied gardens, is surrounded by the magnificent Cawdor Big Wood, one of the finest woodland areas in Europe, threaded with colour coded nature trails to explore.Visitors are invited to enjoy a delicious lunch or tea with home-baking from our mouth-watering menu in the courtyard café, then browse the exciting range of gifts and goodies in our three shops and, time permitting, have fun on the putting green and short 9-hole golf course which provides enjoyment for all standards.
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Nairn IV12 5RD, Scotland
+44 7711 126685
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Some times a Castle is a Castle, but this is well worth a visit. The grounds are sensational also. Good history, easy to walk around and helpful staff.

Thank Nairnp
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This was a really interesting Castle to visit as it is still a family home and full of family mementos amidst the historical artifacts. The castle has a great historical aspect and you can imagine the countess' grandchildren exploring all the nooks and crannies. The...More

Thank Philip R
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Very pretty castle with even nicer garden. Staff is very friendly,helpful. Is a nice gift shop, you can make a day over there and have a wee walk to forest as well.

Thank Paulina N
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Very interesting to visit a castle that people still live in! We enjoyed our day there and loved the gardens!

Thank Despina T
Reviewed 14 October 2017

The exterior of the castle was impressive and there were some pretty gardens, which were the highlights of the visit for us. We were disappointed with the interior, as we left feeling like it was more about revenue generation and moving people through than history...More

Thank Michelle T
Reviewed 14 October 2017

You can spend hours walking the many gardens surrounding the castle. Everything was in bloom and beautiful. The cafe served delicious food especially the squash soup.

Thank The_Hailes
Reviewed 7 October 2017

Good place to visit after visiting Culloden battlefield. Nicely maintained and an fairly extensive garden area.

Thank mantasatnite
Reviewed 6 October 2017

Cawdor is one of those castles we enjoy seeing again and again. Interiors are less a museum and more 'lived in'. Which it is. It gives the castle a more homey feel, more inviting as you walk through it. Beautiful flowers are arranged within as...More

Thank twarney
Reviewed 4 October 2017 via mobile

Saw Cawdor last week and it is my favorite of this trip of which was saw 6. Feels very homey and lived in which the Dowager Countess still calls home. Loved the architecture and history and would recommend.

Thank Alohikea
Reviewed 3 October 2017 via mobile

This historic castle is a gem. Truly unique in design, stairs well worn over the centuries and a true delight to explore. Easy access from the car park, delightful cafe and shop and fascinating history to discover. Access inside is limited due to multiple steep...More

1  Thank Jeni R
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Bill H
7 August 2017|
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Response from Pedick73 | Reviewed this property |
Hey Bill I hope my answer is not too late, I fixing a pen too much help time in the gardens but I would think you could do it in a couple of hours as long as the weather is good.
14 May 2017|
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Response from Fiona Q | Property representative |
You can park in the car park and access the nature trails from there
Anne R
7 May 2017|
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Response from CawdorCastle | Property representative |
There is a dog walking area next to the car park but we are afraid dogs are not allowed in the castle grounds and gardens, sorry