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Cawdor Castle

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Address: Nairn IV12 5RD, Scotland
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10:00 - 17:30
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Sun - Sat 10:00 - 17:30
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours

A romantic fairy-tale castle that has been the home of the Thanes of Cawdor...

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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A lot of history in a nota so big Castle well conserved Nice place Nice people beautiful gardens Really good

Reviewed 3 days ago
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Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

A lot of history in a nota so big Castle well conserved Nice place Nice people beautiful gardens Really good

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Newcastle, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

From the moment you walk through the door you know you are in a much loved and lived in home .I have been to a lot of castles in Scotland this one stands out amongst the best .its difficult to put your finger on it but there is something very homely about this castle .Again I have been to a... More 

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Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

A beautiful historic building. The grounds were beautiful particularly the walled garden. Definitely worth a visit and take the time to walk around the grounds.

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Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

the Castle was very intimate, nice decoration and showing of antiques. The gardens (the wallled one as well as the Castle adjacent) were wonderful and meticulously maintained

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Alistair G, Manager at Cawdor Castle, responded to this review

Thanks for your review, I will tell the gardeners and they will be pleased! Many thanks More 

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Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

The house was nice, another great house with lots of old stuff. The gardens were spectacular. I especially enjoyed the maze garden area. The landscaping and water features were very well down. It was a nice way to spend the afternoon.

Thank UpstateJan
Alistair G, Manager at Cawdor Castle, responded to this review

Thanks for your feedback - I will pass it on to our gardeners who take great pride in looking after the garden and ensuring it looks great. Thanks for your visit More 

Port Elizabeth, South Africa
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Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

We visited the gardens only, having been advised they were worth a visit and the castle somewhat limited. There are two sections of formal gardens, well laid out and well maintained, but there was absolutely no colour despite this being May. The overall effect was green hedges surrounding green lawns with green plants, which was not exactly inspiring. Maybe it... More 

Thank Arthur B
Alistair G, Manager at Cawdor Castle, responded to this review

Thank you for your feedback. You are quite correct, the garden is quite green just now following the rain at the weekend which was badly needed! I have to say, Today, the garden is very colourful with the Wisteria on the castle walls and the Laburnum in the walled garden both coming into bloom. Sometimes things do take a little... More 

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Reviewed 1 week ago

This was one of several castles on our "round trip" of Scotland. It looked impressive from the driveway, sadly thats where the experience peaked. There was a limited access to the house - it could have been significantly enhanced if the male representative employed there had taken the time to offer advice or answer questions about the history of the... More 

Thank trevormac51
Alistair G, General Manager at Cawdor Castle, responded to this review

We are sorry to hear that your visit did not match your expectations and indeed, our own expectations. Our tour guides are very knowledgeable and enhance the visit hugely - we are sorry that this particular guide was engaged with other visitors at the time of your visit and we will look into this. However, it is not true to... More 

Manchester, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Somewhat different from most Castles, this is a private home opened to the public during the summer. We spent about 3 hours here; a coffee in the tea room, followed by a walk around the gardens, quick visit to those lower floor rooms that were wheelchair accessible, a visit to the shop, and a meal before we left. All the... More 

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Alistair G, Manager at Cawdor Castle, responded to this review

Thanks for your feedback. We try to make as much of the castle and garden wheelchair accessible and we have installed ramps to make this a bit easier. Unfortunately, the wild garden is not so accessible as you have discovered, sorry about that, but we are glad you made the most of your visit and enjoyed the gift shop and... More 

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Pleasantly surprised how many rooms we actually got to see tastefully staged with plenty of information on the rooms, the history and art within the rooms, self guided tour so not rushed - gardens ok not mind blowing very basic wild flowers but ok - Cafe good service but over priced for a cup of coffee and cake for two... More 

Thank Jade W
Alistair G, Manager at Cawdor Castle, responded to this review

Thanks for your feedback. You are quite correct in saying that Cawdor Castle is a home and it is one of the things that makes us stand out. As you say, you do see all the main rooms that Lady Cawdor uses on a daily basis when she is in residence. In terms of the café, we feel our prices... More 

New York City, New York
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This was our sixth castle in Scotland and in our opinion the best. The gardens are the work of several decades and are worth seeing just for themselves. The castle exterior looks just like you would want. The interior rooms are in great shape. Not wholly original since the castle had a fire and was sacked so a few pieces... More 

Thank Robert T
Alistair G, Manager at Cawdor Castle, responded to this review

We are glad you enjoyed your visit. As you will have seen, the castle is the home of Lady Cawdor and that is why there are so many personal touches and why the castle is maintained to such a high standard. You will have toured all the rooms that she uses every day when she is in residence. And the... More 

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