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“Wonderful little castle”
Review of Cawdor Castle

Cawdor Castle
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Shore Excursion - Invergordon - Loch Ness and...
Ranked #2 of 20 things to do in Nairn
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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 abilities.
Useful Information: Bathroom facilities, Baby buggy parking
Reviewed 15 July 2010

Cawdor is set back in the Caithness area a bit away from main roads but worthwhile to visit. From the small rooms to the beautiful gardens this was a highlight of our four weeks in Scotland.

Take time to go down to the burn behind the castle for some peaceful moments

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"lady cawdor"
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"gardens are beautiful"
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"family home"
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"dowager countess"
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"flower garden"
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"self guided tour"
in 23 reviews
"gift shop"
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"nature trail"
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"own pace"
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"holly tree"
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"on display"
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"information boards"
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"formal gardens"
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"open to the public"
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"well worth the visit"
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"golf course"
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Reviewed 2 July 2010

I visited mainly because of the 'Macbeth' connection. This is a magical little castle and very much lived in. The owner wanders about amongst the visitors and everyone is very keen to help you make the most of your visit. Even the gift shop is more interesting. The owner likes art and her walls bristle with modern art mingling with the inherited portraits and it somehow works. Went for a brieif visit and ended up walking round and about for six hours. I loved it.

2  Thank derizzoUk
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Reviewed 23 September 2009

We first visited this castle and thoroughly enjoyed our time in 2008. We had a great tour of a very pretty castle and gardens then a great lunch with a fabulous highland pie. Wew enjoyed it so much we went back later the same week to the food fayre.
We returned this year and much anticipated a nice lunch and walk round the gardens. The castle gardens remain good but we felt ripped off by the food as £4.25 for a dry beef sandwich in a box without a plate or salad, no hot food options or anything scottish in flavour at all, tiny portion of baked potato with filling. Overall we paid over £20.00 to get in and have the poorest lunch of our trip. We were greatly disappointed although would still recommend the castle and gardens just take a packed lunch.

1  Thank Scotsmurf
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Reviewed 27 July 2008

Although associated with the events of Shakespeare's "Scottish play," the castle was not actually built until centuries after Duncan's death. The castle is what you imagine a Scottish castle to look like, with an ancient keep, moat and drawbridge. The notes in the various rooms you tour (self-guided) were written by the late Earl and are sometimes quirky and humorous. Still a private home, the Castle has a homey, lived-in feel despite its grandness and fine art and furnishings. There is a cafeteria and shop on the premises, as well as a golf course. The gardens are beautiful, though I didn't seem them at their best since I visited on a cool grey day. Check on opening times because the castle is open to visitors only from May to October.

2  Thank voyageur08
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Reviewed 22 October 2006

Plan on spending about an hour at this well presented attraction. The location is rural and the grounds are beautiful. This attraction allows you to visit many of the rooms. Information is provided about each room, typed and posted. The descriptions are lengthy and take awhile to read, often causing congestion in the small rooms. The dungeon and original kitchen are interesting as well as the original 14th century tree in the basement. Make sure to visit the beautiful gardens. The stairs aren't too steep so the upper floor is easily accessed. All in all, a great visit.

2  Thank Karen S
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