Cawdor Castle

Cawdor Castle, Nairn: Hours, Address, Cawdor Castle Reviews: 4.5/5

Cawdor Castle
4.5
from €60.90
10:00 - 17:30
Monday
10:00 - 17:30
Tuesday
10:00 - 17:30
Wednesday
10:00 - 17:30
Thursday
10:00 - 17:30
Friday
10:00 - 17:30
Saturday
10:00 - 17:30
Sunday
10:00 - 17:30
About
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.
Suggested duration
1-2 hours
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AandE_G
Marion, IL569 contributions
Cawdor Castle
Dec 2019
We stopped at Cawdor Castle on a bus tour from our cruise ship. We didn't really know what to expect. It didn't fit my traditional definition of a castle, which I would say is a fortress used for war purposes. This was more of an old palace or manor house to me. The castle was owned by a retired fashion model or something like that. It had horrible decor - a weird combination of the 1980s and 1380s. The grounds were very nice though. We walked through the house in a line and then were free to roam the grounds. Very scenic. We also ate at the cafe, which had great scones.
Written 18 November 2020
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King Duncan
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Fair and Foul
Oct 2020
The castle does hath a pleasant seat, and the air does nimbly and sweetly recommend itself (my travel companion described it as delicate - with which I very much disagree). Garden is well appointed. Full of trees that are full of growing - that I have honoured with golden pardons. Two issues: 1. A porter who kept making risque jokes and referencing the gate of hell. 2. I was murdered here by the Thane of Cawdor - or was it by my Chamberlains? I do not know - I do not get to be a ghost, for some reasons even though bloody Banquo does. Regards, Duncan 'Donuts' Scotland (Rightful King)
Written 5 October 2020
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Rooboard12
Kinloss, UK2 contributions
Riverside rescue
Sep 2020
Big, big thanks to Graham, the Castle Manager. On Saturday 12th September, myself and a small group of friends went for a walk and picnic in Cawdor Woods. We were there as part of a 60th birthday celebration. We were enjoying our walk in the beautiful woodland and approaching the place where we would eat lunch when one of the party slipped on some beech nut shells, badly turning her ankle. Graham couldn't have been more helpful, calling the ambulance, staying with us and helping to carry the stretcher along what felt like several miles of riverside path. Our friend spent 2 days in Raigmore and is now home recovering from a triple fracture of her ankle. We couldn't be more grateful; to Graham, his team and also the wonderful paramedics. We would have been in dire straits without your help.
Written 16 September 2020
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Richard Watson
2 contributions
Holiday Week
Sep 2020 • Couples
This coastline offers so much to see and do. Also the weather tends to be drier and milder. Try Findhorn Bay for bar/restaurants and trips to the Culbin Forrest and sands.
Written 15 September 2020
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M Bullivant
4 contributions
Bit disappointed
Sep 2020 • Couples
Nice gardens and nature trails behind castle, but a bit disappointed. This is vastly overpriced at £8 each, has the inside of castle is closed, blamed on corvid. Even outdoor maze is closed. Small shop and cafe, card payments only.
Written 14 September 2020
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Anne A
Edinburgh, UK48 contributions
Beautiful gardens but a bit overpriced as Castle closed
Aug 2020 • Couples
We did know the castle was closed as it said so on the website. However I was astonished to find it would still cost eight pounds to walk in the gardens. Yes they were beautiful with amazing designs and sculptures. But the maze was closed too. and I feel eight pounds is a hit OTT for a garden walk. The staff were friendly but the kiosk girl didn’t offer the info that the castle was closed (which we knew) and this might have taken others by surprise once they’d paid and walked in. Hence only three stars. The cafe signage for entrance and exit was not apparent and it caused us and others some confusion as there are two doors saying courtyard cafe. And just to top things off, another cafe customer didn’t know how to switch the sound off on her camera as she looked through her photos (I’m assuming) and we had to put up with twenty minutes of constant beep beeping. Customer - if you recognise yourself in this description, have a bit of consideration for others in enclosed spaces. Not the castles fault of course but just saying...
Written 25 August 2020
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Maire L
Inverness, UK3 contributions
Inspirational garden
Aug 2020
We have lived up here for years and this was our first visit to Cawdor Castle Gardens (due to COVID 19, the castle remains closed). It was absolutely lovely. Very well maintained and extremely welcoming. We chatted (socially distanced) to the maintenance man, and we learned a lot. The courtyard cafe had brilliant sandwiches and a really nice person serving. Nothing was too much trouble for her. We are going to become Friends of Cawdor Castle next season. Everything was first rate.
Written 21 August 2020
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AdamsSouth
London, UK76 contributions
Wonderful surprise
Aug 2020 • Family
It is just lovely! The castle was closed due to Covid but the shop was open and we were able to grab a light lunch from the cafe. Staff were really friendly. The gardens were beautiful. The colours and shapes along with a few sculptures were so lovely in August and with lots of wildlife. We all loved it there and will visit again.
Written 19 August 2020
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peyles
UK112 contributions
Understated but a must see...
Aug 2020
Although the castle was still shut when we went, we thoroughly enjoyed our visit. The gardens and woodland walks alone are worth the entry fee in our opinion. The kids had a great time exploring and were thoroughly tired out after a few hours here...! The cafe was open albeit serving a limited menu but the food was good and reasonably priced. Perhaps something for children wouldn't have gone a miss as we were struggling slightly for our 2 and 5 year old. Staff were great, friendly and polite and nothing was ever a bother for them when we needed them. A very understated place but a must if in the area.
Written 19 August 2020
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Eternalsunshine_10
Glasgow, United Kingdom16 contributions
Surprisingly Beautiful
Jul 2020 • Couples
Visited here in July this year. The castle was closed due to Covid but decided see the gardens since we were there. Absolutely stunning! The flowers were gorgeous and the layout and architecture very well designed.Well worth visiting. Loved it.
Written 17 August 2020
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