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Cawdor Castle

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“lady cawdor”(32 reviews)
“flower garden”(13 reviews)
Re-opens 13th April 2019 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...more
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Nairn IV12 5RD, Scotland
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All reviews lady cawdor gardens are beautiful flower garden dowager countess formal gardens self guided tour gift shop full bloom own pace holly tree on display information boards open to the public soup well worth the visit golf course maze
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Reviewed 26 December 2018

Looks impressive from the outside and the gardens are certainly pleasant but inside was a little disappointing with a mix of old and new, some rooms almost looked like they were being lived in and the decor was strange. Tried hard to make it interesting...More

Date of experience: June 2018
Thank RB_TheWiseTraveller
Reviewed 6 December 2018

We were greeted by friendly folks. We paid a small fee to go through the castle. We were in a group tour and enjoyed the furnishings and history.

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank ScenicWanderer
Reviewed 13 November 2018

This is a proper functioning castle, the family still inhabit it. The tour of the castle is well put together and the guide was interesting to listen to. The highlight for us are the gardens no matter what time of year you visit.

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank delman47
Reviewed 31 October 2018

Large car park, easy to find. Beautiful castle - I highly recommend reading the room notes in each room (or buying the guide book, which contains all the notes), because whoever wrote them has a wicked sense of humour! Gardens are stunning. Formal gardens, but...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank Chemyn R
Reviewed 31 October 2018

After visiting numerous so-called castles in Scotland, Cawdor had more of what I expected from a castle - thick stone walls, tapestries, low doorways, a hodgepodge design from additions over the years, a drawbridge, and formal gardens. We visited in early October, just a few...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank HelenF2516
Reviewed 29 October 2018

Cawdor Castle is still occupied by the Cawdor family. So it is furnished. The castle is great, but the furnishings are extraordinary as well. The add so much to the history. The gardens are fun to walk through as well.

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank StanleyJ182
Reviewed 16 October 2018

This was our last stop on a long day of touring as the weather got increasingly chilly and quite windy....really felt like Scottish fall was coming on. If you ever wonder what it is like to live in a castle, this is the place to...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank SusiefromCrucible
Reviewed 16 October 2018 via mobile

The castle itself was interesting but a bit of a hotch potch in style. The old kitchen took you straight back in time. We had a lovely, inexpensive lunch of soup and sandwiches. The highlight , of course, is the grounds. They are magnificent even...More

Date of experience: October 2018
1  Thank Sonny_12013
Reviewed 15 October 2018

This castle is lived in. Dates to 1100's and has been added to extensively. Rooms well decorated. Great signage. Worth your time. We thought the gardens were a high point. If this review is helpful then please indicate so below.

Date of experience: October 2018
4  Thank Trek-Always
Reviewed 9 October 2018

A very nice Castle still habited from October to April. Entering the rooms is like coming home, what an atmosphere, nice furniture, paintings, the kitchen downstairs, one can walk 3 times again and still discover new things. Also outside the garden is very nice, despite...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank Ed M
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Thomas S
1 February 2018|
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Response from Martin L | Reviewed this property |
No, it is private still and well worth a visit
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
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.