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Historic House, next open Mon 1 May - Sun 1 Oct 2017

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Cawdor Castle

Cawdor Castle

Details

This splendid romantic castle, dating from the late 14th Century, was built as a private fortress by the Thanes of Cawdor, and remains the home of the Cawdor family to this day. The ancient medieval tower was built around the legendary holly tree. Although the house has evolved over 600 years, later additions, mainly of the 17th Century, were all built in the Scottish vernacular style with slated roofs over walls and crow-stepped gables of mellow local stone. This style gives Cawdor a strong sense of unity, and the massive, severe exterior belies an intimate interior that gives the place a surprisingly personal, friendly atmosphere. Good furniture, fine portraits and pictures, interesting objects and outstanding tapestries are arranged to please the family rather than to echo fashion or impress. Memories of Shakespeare's Macbeth give Cawdor an elusive, evocative quality that delights visitors.

Gardens
The flower garden also has a family feel to it, where plants are chosen out of affection rather than affectation. This is a lovely spot between spring and late summer. The walled garden has been restored with a holly maze, paradise garden, knot garden and thistle garden. The wild garden beside its stream leads into beautiful trails through spectacular mature mixed woodland, in which paths are helpfully marked and colour-coded. The Tibetan garden and traditional Scottish vegetable garden are at the Dower House at Auchindoune.

Coach parties acceptedCredit cards accepted (no fee)Disabled toiletsFacilities for educational visitsFrench signs/guidesGerman signs/guidesGift shopItalian signs/guidesOn-site cateringOn-site light refreshmentsPublic toiletsRegional Tourist Board MemberSpanish signs/guidesAccepts groupsFacilities for corporate hospitality

Children welcomeDisabled accessDogs not accepted (except guidedogs)Smoking not allowed

9 hole golf course, putting green, golf clubs for hire, whisky tasting, musical/theatrical entertainments, specialised garden visits. No photography, video taping or tripods inside. No large day sacks inside castle. Shop: Gift, Highland and wool shops. Corporate Hospitality/Functions: Lunches, champagne receptions. Suitablity for the Disabled: Visitors may alight at the entrance. WC. Only ground floor accessible. Refreshments/Cafe/Tearoom: Licensed Courtyard Cafe, 1 May-4 Oct, groups should book. Guided Tours: By arrangement. Parking: 250 cars and 25 coaches. Education/School Visits: £6.00 per child. Room notes, quiz and answer sheet can be provided. Suitability for Dogs: Guide dogs only in castle and grounds. Dog walking trail available.

Opening details

Season Dates Opening Hours
Mon 1 May - Sun 1 Oct 2017 Mon - Sun 10:00 to 17:00
1st May - 1st Oct 2016 Daily 10am-5.30pm. Last admission 5pm. Groups by appointment, admission prices on application.

Prices

Adult £11.50 Child (5-15yrs) £7.00 Senior Citizens and Disabled £10.50 Student £10.50 Family (2+5) £32.00 Gardens, Grounds and Nature Trails £6.50 Groups Adult Groups (12+ people) £10.00 Child Groups (12+ children,1 teacher/adult free) £6.50 Auchindoune Gardens (May - Jul only) £3.00

Contact

Dowager Countess Cawdor

01667 404401

Address

Cawdor Castle,
Nairn,
Scotland,
IV12 5RD

Location

Directions

Plan route to Cawdor Castle using Google mapsPlan route using Google maps

Map reference: NH 847498  Lat: 57.52427 Long: -3.92661

From Edinburgh A9, 3.5 hrs, Inverness 20 mins, Nairn 10 mins. Main road: A9, 14m. Inverness to Nairn bus route 200 yds.

Parking: free

Facilities

  • Coach parties acceptedCoach parties accepted
  • Credit cards accepted (no fee)Credit cards accepted (no fee)
  • Disabled toiletsDisabled toilets
  • Facilities for educational visitsFacilities for educational visits
  • French signs/guidesFrench signs/guides
  • German signs/guidesGerman signs/guides
  • Gift shopGift shop
  • Italian signs/guidesItalian signs/guides
  • On-site cateringOn-site catering
  • On-site light refreshmentsOn-site light refreshments
  • Public toiletsPublic toilets
  • Regional Tourist Board MemberRegional Tourist Board Member
  • Spanish signs/guidesSpanish signs/guides
  • Accepts groupsAccepts groups
  • Facilities for corporate hospitalityFacilities for corporate hospitality
  • Children welcomeChildren welcome
  • Disabled accessDisabled access
  • Dogs not accepted (except guidedogs)Dogs not accepted (except guidedogs)
  • Smoking not allowedSmoking not allowed

9 hole golf course, putting green, golf clubs for hire, whisky tasting, musical/theatrical entertainments, specialised garden visits. No photography, video taping or tripods inside. No large day sacks inside castle. Shop: Gift, Highland and wool shops. Corporate Hospitality/Functions: Lunches, champagne receptions. Suitablity for the Disabled: Visitors may alight at the entrance. WC. Only ground floor accessible. Refreshments/Cafe/Tearoom: Licensed Courtyard Cafe, 1 May-4 Oct, groups should book. Guided Tours: By arrangement. Parking: 250 cars and 25 coaches. Education/School Visits: £6.00 per child. Room notes, quiz and answer sheet can be provided. Suitability for Dogs: Guide dogs only in castle and grounds. Dog walking trail available.