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“Small castle, Very Cluttered, Wonderful Gardens”
Review of Cawdor Castle

Cawdor Castle
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US$846.75*
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Private Shore Excursion: Invergordon to Culloden, Clava Cairns, Cawdor Castle...
Ranked #2 of 20 things to do in Nairn
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: 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 abilities.
Useful Information: Bathroom facilities, Baby buggy parking
Reviewed 23 October 2013

This castle looked nice from the front but inside,passageways were tight and rooms very cluttered with items. People with some immobility would struggle with the tight curving stairwells.
The clutter really hampered the presentation and rooms were quite dim and really did not show splendour. The gift shop was quite expensive.
The gardens were very nice however the maze garden was being trimmed so no maze walk, however I discovered a wonderful garden in the next segment an djust had to tell others in the group to go and look at it. There are gardens on both sides of the front of the castle.

Thank greatscott24
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Reviewed 20 October 2013

This was one of the many castles visited during our trip. The gardens are fantastic and worth the price of admission. The interior of the castle was filled with so many pictures and bric a brac that it was a bit overwhelming. The staff in at the gate were welcoming and informative. They went out of their way to answer our questions. The staff inside were having a bit of a problem and seemed to be arguing. The drawbridge and moat are great and the exterior of the castle looks like a fairy tale. It is worth your time to vist.

Thank EHFSheri
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Reviewed 16 October 2013

We were impressed with the scope of the rooms you could visit in this castle. The Dowager Duchess of Cawdor still lives here and there are many paintings and photographs here that depict her beauty. What really made this visit special for us was reading the commentary in each room that had been written by the late duke. Whether it was telling us what furniture he disliked or poking fun at his ancestors, we looked forward to what the next note would reveal. For instance, one note said that the front door was designed to discourage tourists, since there was a trap door to the dungeon under the entryway. Another said to duck your head upon entering the room unless you were a Papuan pygmy. These were great fun. The garden was very impressive with manicured bushes and colorful flower displays.

Thank Darlene51
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Reviewed 13 October 2013

very interesting old castle surrounded by lovely gardens and grounds. Nice little 9 hole golf course with putting green adjacent. A very nice place to spend a sunny afternoon.

Thank davidpollock7
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Reviewed 8 October 2013 via mobile

Nice house , staff were very friendly and welcoming. Beautiful gardens and a good cup of coffee and cake !

Thank eliz61
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