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Cawdor Castle

Nairn IV12 5RD, Scotland
07711126685
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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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  • Very good32%
  • Average8%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible2%
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Hours Today: 10:00 - 17:30
Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
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Nairn IV12 5RD, Scotland
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Reviewed 4 days ago

A most interesting castle with beautiful gardens and friendly people around to answer any queries. There is also a little cafe for coffee and a light meal.

Thank Anne H
AllyRR, General Manager at Cawdor Castle, responded to this reviewResponded 2 days ago

Thanks for your review, we are glad you enjoyed your visit

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Visited on a rainy day so seemed like a good way to pass some time. The castle is really nice. Lots more personal in feel than some larger castles. All staff were really friendly and able to answer questions. Luckily the weather improved and we...More

Thank Lissie1603
AllyRR, General Manager at Cawdor Castle, responded to this reviewResponded 4 days ago

Thanks for your review - we are glad you enjoyed your visit and I will pass on your comments to the gardening team

Reviewed 1 week ago

Very beautiful interior, furnishings filled with exquisite paintings and furniture. Not mobility friendly site. Parking approx. (handicap also) 100 yards from the Castle. Stairs very steep. Gardens worth the walk.

Thank GashF15
AllyRR, General Manager at Cawdor Castle, responded to this reviewResponded 4 days ago

Thanks for your review. You are right, the castle does have some steep stairs but the ground floor and gardens are easily accessible

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

My wife and I had a great afternoon visiting Cawdor Castle even though the weather had other ideas! The gardens looked very well tended and the walk around the castle was very interesting. There was confusion amongst some tourists who had been told by their...More

Thank Jingu1
AllyRR, General Manager at Cawdor Castle, responded to this reviewResponded 4 days ago

Thanks for your review, we are glad you enjoyed your visit. Thanks for pointing out the photography situation which you have summarised correctly, thank you! Photography is allowed just no flash photography

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Lovely castle with extensive information on each room and well presented. The gardens are just delightful and easy to loose yourself in the array of flora and fauna!

Thank Julia M
AllyRR, General Manager at Cawdor Castle, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thanks for your review - much appreciated

Reviewed 1 week ago

This attraction is a good way to spend a couple of hours exploring the past. There are some really interesting insights into the way of life, but the whole experience could be so much better with an interactive approach. Although I was not visiting with...More

Thank LeeKZN
AllyRR, General Manager at Cawdor Castle, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thanks for you comments. We are glad you enjoyed your visit and we take on board your comments about interpretation. This is something we are actively looking into, though obviously we have to be subtle as this is a family home. But thanks for your...More

Reviewed 1 week ago

Stopped off here whilst driving from Inverness to Elgin and saw the signs so re-routed along nice small roads to Cawdor Castle. Easy to park in the plentiful car park and a nice walk up to the castle itself. It is not in the really...More

Thank KPR1955
AllyRR, General Manager at Cawdor Castle, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you for taking the time to write such an extensive review - we are glad you enjoyed your visit

Reviewed 1 week ago

Castle is fine (not astounding), but the grounds (gardens and nature walks) are unparalleled. Make sure that you take at least the 2-mile woods walk to view the sequoias!

Thank Susan W
AllyRR, General Manager at Cawdor Castle, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thanks for your comments - we are glad you enjoyed the gardens

Reviewed 1 week ago

On a night sunny day the gardens would have been a great place to spend a few hours, as it was raining a quick walk around the grounds and garden was nice, the castle is beautiful, the rooms are well presented and bright, plenty of...More

Thank Joondmm
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

An afternoon at Cawdor; interesting little tour through the open portions, including the legendary, old tree in the 'basement'. The highlight I think were the gardens; such a diversity of lovely plants to wander through. We had the castle and gardens ticket; you couldn't go...More

Thank Maceairsidh
AllyRR, General Manager at Cawdor Castle, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you for taking the time to write a review, we are glad you enjoyed your visit

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annercampbell
14 May 2017|
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Response from Alistair G | Property representative |
You can park in the car park and access the nature trails from there
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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
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Jeff C
11 October 2016|
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Response from fiveofninewales | Reviewed this property |
On the Web site it says the Castle and grounds are closed from October 2nd.
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