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All reviews lady cawdor gardens are beautiful family home dowager countess flower garden formal gardens self guided tour gift shop own pace holly tree on display information boards open to the public soup well worth the visit golf course maze
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Reviewed 24 June 2018

Our people are the Cawdor and Argyll Campbells. Both Inverary and Cawdor are among the jewels of the Scottish inhabited castles with the paintings, furnishing, arms, and armor intact. This was made possible by our practicle forebears and their political acumen. Well worth the visit in every way, especially if you can arrange to do it on a sunny summer day.

Thank Franklin C
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Reviewed 23 June 2018 via mobile

Nice castle, doesn’t take too long to go around. Explanations of rooms and items have humour and are entertaining! Gardens are lovely and pleasant to walk around, with sculptures along the way. Nice cafe too, really good food. Castle is not wheelchair friendly as it’s a Grade A listed building which means that elevators cannot be installed. Trails outside the castle gardens are really nice too, but you might find yourself back at the car park and needing to go in again, not goo when there is a queue of a coach party going in. Bags can’t go in the castle, so they provide lockers at the entrance gate, so make sure you have everything you need INCLUDING MONEY in your pockets before you pay to go in.

Thank siobhan79
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Reviewed 22 June 2018

It was lovely to visit a historical house that's still lived in for half the year and therefore has a homely feel with a few modern touches too. The castle dates from the late 14th century, so not the castle of Shakespeare’s Macbeth! Built as a private fortress by the Thanes of Cawdor around the legendary thorn tree in the dungeon and subsequently expanded, it is now full of art, tapestries and antiques. Tours are self-guided, with entertaining descriptions in various languages in each room. Excellent friendly guides can supplement these. Ask about the legend of the thorn tree in the dungeon, the fireplace in the dining room and the secret chute in the keep. We loved the huge tapestries used to keep the rooms warm and old kitchen with its copper pots and old equipment. Be aware you are not allowed to bring backpacks inside the castle, but lockers are provided.

Outside the castle are numerous gardens to explore with huge old trees: beautiful formal gardens (don’t miss the white garden with fountain hidden in the middle of the walled garden); there are a number of modern sculptures (do check out the bird feeder just before the walled gardens) and a river walk through the forest and along a stream. Sadly the maze is closed as it is deemed no longer safe. There is also a 9 hole golf course. Plenty of parking. Gift shop. Café on site – soup and cheese scone in the courtyard is highly recommended!

Cawdor Castle is just a short drive from Inverness and very near the Culloden Moor memorial and the Clava Cairns.

Thank Margaret151151
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Reviewed 22 June 2018 via mobile

This castle is beautiful and in great condition. Apart from the castle itself even the surrounding grounds are worth a visit. It has walled gardens and while it was a pity that the maze was blocked off it was a lovely experience nonetheless

Thank j0766
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Reviewed 21 June 2018 via mobile

Really lovely castle which, because it is still a private home is not your usual stuffy display of dusty relics. The gardens are beautiful with nature trails as well. The Courtyard Cafe is well run, very clean and serves smashing bacon rolls (the other offerings looked just as good, but wave a bacon roll in front of me and I am bewitched!).

Thank MIke D
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