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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.
  • Excellent55%
  • Very good31%
  • Average9%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible2%
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“lady cawdor” (29 reviews)
“family home” (21 reviews)
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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 yesterday

A very nice afternoon, viewing the home furnishing, art work and well kept gardens. Very helpful staff.

Thank Lori P
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

You absolutely must linger in each room to read the wonderful dry wit of the information boards - don't miss it. The gardens are just delightful. An unexpected gem to finish our holiday before flying back from Inverness.

Thank PMB61
AllyRR, General Manager at Cawdor Castle, responded to this reviewResponded yesterday

Thank you for your review. We at glad you enjoyed reading the room notes in each room - they were written by the late Lord Cawdor who was well known for his wit and humour. Thanks again.

Reviewed 3 days ago

Not sure what I was expecting at Cawdor but the experience surpassed expectations. From the moment you arrive and make your way into the castle you are aware of something very special. The park like grounds with the beautiful trees lead you into this historic...More

Thank Bakerfamily1956
AllyRR, General Manager at Cawdor Castle, responded to this reviewResponded yesterday

Thanks for taking the time to write this review and we are glad you enjoyed your visit. You are quite right, the castle is a warm family house due to the fact that Lady Cawdor is in residence during the winter months and many of...More

Reviewed 5 days ago

Visited Cawdor Castle on our tour of Scotland with friends from Arizona. Cawdor Castle is picture perfect. It's a beautiful building set in the most beautiful gardens. The rooms on show are beautifully presented, furnished not only with the families treasures but with Dowager Countess...More

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

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

Reviewed 6 days ago

Had lunch and explored the grounds. Took the tour of the castle which was just beautiful. The gardens were outstanding. Really enjoyed them.

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

Thank you for your review. We are glad you enjoyed your visit

Reviewed 6 days ago

If you see no other castles in the Highlands, this is the one to make for. It is not far from the airport and there is a great pub in the nearby village for good food. The castle is full of history (the Thane of...More

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

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

Reviewed 1 week ago

We liked this castle but felt it odd that there was no historical information given about the Castle. Certainly people tend to think of Macbeth, the Thane of Cawdor, but this castle never appears in the Shakespearean play and was built many years after the...More

1  Thank hi9land3r
AllyRR, General Manager at Cawdor Castle, responded to this reviewResponded 5 days ago

Thanks for you feedback. We are actively looking at new ways to present the history of the castle and we are very aware that our great story can be told in lots of different ways. Obviously, the history is in the guidebook but we appreciate...More

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Finally got to see the castle. First we came was 22 years ago and it was closed when we arrived. It was worth the wait. Beautiful inside, more like a castle inside than a manor house. Low doorways. The only disappointment was the hedge maze...More

Thank hhurricane58
AllyRR, General Manager at Cawdor Castle, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thanks for your review. The maze is a holly maze and the holly roots are very shallow in the ground so damage easily. As such, we have had to close it for now - but it still looks visually stunning

Reviewed 1 week ago

An amazing castle, just right size, not too big and certainly not boring. Plenty of information in each room. And very humorous too. Lots of wonderful art old and and new. Very friendly staff. So great to know the family still live there. Go for...More

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

Thanks for your positive comments and we are glad you enjoyed your trip. As you say, the castle is still lived in and that is why the contents are a nice mix of the very old and the contemporary

Reviewed 1 week ago

One of my favorites of the entire 3 weeks I was in Scotland. The interior of the castle is well signed and decorated. The gardens were stunning (the maze is only available to visit by appointment), even in the rain. The castle cafe served great...More

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

Thanks for your review - I will pass on your feedback to our staff who will appreciate it

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annercampbell
Is it possible to walk the nature trails only without the full entrance fee?
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
Can I bring my dog for a walk in the gardens
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
Hello, Can I book a tour for 3 people late afternoon on October 27th or early on the 28th, 2016? My friend's father is in his eighties, and this will be his only trip to Scotland. Please let me know. Thank you, Jeff
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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