We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

“Actual residence”
Review of Cawdor Castle

Cawdor Castle
Book In Advance
More Info
and up
Private Shore Excursion: Invergordon to Culloden, Clava Cairns, Cawdor Castle...
More Info
and up
Shore Excursion - Invergordon - Loch Ness and Cawdor Castle
Ranked #2 of 19 things to do in Nairn
Certificate of Excellence
More attraction details
Attraction details
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 standards.
Useful Information: Baby buggy parking, Bathroom facilities
Reviewed 2 August 2014

Beautifly furnished residence for the Countess of Cawdor, this castle was a delight to tour. Crammed with portraits, paintings, furniture, etc.

The surrounding gardens were also magnificent, and divided into several garden settings. The varieties of flowers was generous and maintained superbly.

Thank Thom W
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Write a Review
Reviews (986)
There are newer reviews for Cawdor Castle
See the most recent reviews
Traveller rating
Traveller type
Time of year

538 - 542 of 986 reviews

Reviewed 2 August 2014

Um, we went here on the premise that it was a fairytale castle - its beautiful to look at and the gardens are nice (although not as well kept as National Trust/Historic Scotland properties). The castle is nice inside, the rooms are very nice but there isnt much else to say really. There wasnt lots about the history of the castle as it is a family home, but overall we had a nice stay.

We didnt pay the full price as one of our children was free, but it was over £25 for two adults and one child, I think this is a bit steep really as it didnt really match with the quality of other castles we have been to. The gift shops were nice. We had a coffee, a cup of tea, two J2Os and two cakes in the cafe which came to about £17 - wished we had had the soup really, but never mind. There is a picnic area for those who were better prepared than us. There is also a putting green, but I think you had to pay separately for this.

Toilets were clean and were in the castle by the cafe. There is also a bridge that lead to a wood and river, but we didnt explore this too much as the kids were hungry. A maze was here - which my children were very excited about, but unfortunately it was shut for cutting which was a real shame. There were a few nice elements of the garden, but overall Im glad we only had to pay for one child.

A nice castle and grounds, but not one that bowled me over! Didnt see much mention of MacBeth anywhere either. Plus loads of signs saying "NO RUCKSACKS in the castle - please leave them in your car"

Thank juddles1
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Reviewed 30 July 2014

Cawdor Castle the current residence of the Dowager Countess of Cawdor, a local aristocrat, is flanked by large gardens on both the left and right side. In the summer the live-in Countess is over at her nearby estate so the castle is open for visits. Our Heritage Card got us in free the day we visited. It was a neat feeling to walk through rooms that the Countess uses currently, rather than a recreation of the way things were in the past. All the ropes and walkway coverings are removed before the Countess returns. In the Slate Garden on the left side of the castle as you are facing it is a very impressive water fountain (see photo) The ball representing the sun is made of pieces of old slate when the castle was reroofed in 2009. The dish under the ball is made from lead removed in the 2009 reroofing project and represents earth.

1  Thank Joe-SVL
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Reviewed 30 July 2014

over priced entry for a quick unguided walk through. Cafe prices and range not the best either, especially for kids.
maze was closed which was disappointing, kids would have probably like that.
one member of staff in gift shop upset my 4 yr old son saying he could not have a toy sword while i was fetching my purse to get it for him only to return to him in tears.
will not be returning ever.

2  Thank bahep75
This review is the subjective opinion of an individual traveller and not of TripAdvisor LLC nor of its partners.
Reviewed 30 July 2014

The castle is amazing. The two garden areas are spectacular and you should allow half the day to take the time to explore it all. Nice shop, café, and very nice staff.

Thank Max H
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC

Travellers who viewed Cawdor Castle also viewed

Ardersier, Inverness
Drumnadrochit, Loch Ness
Nairn, Scottish Highlands
Culloden Moor, Scottish Highlands

Been to Cawdor Castle? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Owners: What's your side of the story?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing