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Cawdor Castle

Nairn IV12 5RD, Scotland
+44 7711 126685
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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 abilities.
  • Excellent55%
  • Very good31%
  • Average9%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible2%
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“lady cawdor” (30 reviews)
“family home” (24 reviews)
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Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
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Nairn IV12 5RD, Scotland
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+44 7711 126685
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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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"wild garden"
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"own pace"
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"on display"
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"holly tree"
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"someone's home"
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"well worth the visit"
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Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

On this visit I decided to just do the garden tour. You can still go into the cafe and inside the castle walls but not inside the castle itself. Stunning building and absolutely beautiful grounds and parkland. The gardens were just gorgeous and the scent...More

1  Thank Millicent44
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Reviewed 6 days ago

This castle is huge and has been added onto over the centuries. But the show stopper are the grounds! The hours the gardeners must put in to keep everything looking like it does, i can’t imagine. This is a must see if in the area.

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Reviewed 1 week ago

When visiting Cawdor Castle, we were lucky enough to have met Colin at the front desk when entering the Castle. He was very friendly and informative about the history of the Castle and the surrounding area. The grounds are beautiful and the interior of the...More

1  Thank Heather P
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

A beautifully preserved family home with an eclectic collection in the castle Beautiful gardens and a fantastic set of wild walks and nature trails

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Quirky old house ( castle) of Shakespere fame. Rooms that were available to see were full of art, tapestry and antiques. The room has a single or two small print sheets with info ( some witty comments) which was ok but not that imaginative. The...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Hefty entrance fee, but beautiful interior. Friendly & knowing guides. A lot of bedrooms! Wheelchair only accessible on groundfloor.

Thank Martin v
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This is a fabulous place. Everything works and the entrance fee is actually worth it. The negative reviews are petty and pitiful. In the context of price, history and what is trying to be done for the visitors there really can be no complaints. The...More

2  Thank muchado55
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Nice to see historical house that's still lived in and therefore has a homely feel with a few modern touches too. Very friendly staff happy to answer questions but felt there could be more of an overview about the history of the castle and it's...More

1  Thank Jasmine101Surrey
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Reviewed 15 March 2018

We were there in July. The weather was perfect and the gardens were beautiful. Basically you walk through on your own which is good because you can set your own pace.

Thank Barbara S
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Reviewed 18 January 2018

You can spend some time roaming around the grounds here. Beautiful castle, very well kept. The grounds and gardens are definitely worth the time to hike around.

Thank Nole627
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Thomas S
31 January 2018|
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Response from Martin L | Reviewed this property |
No, it is private still and well worth a visit
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fabulousboo90
16 January 2018|
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Response from twarney | Reviewed this property |
Sorry for the late posting. But to answer your question in a more general tone I give you this. Normally you don't see that many castles from the main roads. Exceptions may be those atop of hills or mountains, ie Stirling... More
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Bill H
8 August 2017|
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Response from Pedick73 | Reviewed this property |
Hey Bill I hope my answer is not too late, I fixing a pen too much help time in the gardens but I would think you could do it in a couple of hours as long as the weather is good.
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