Cawdor Castle is perhaps best known for its literary connection to William Shakespeare’s play Macbeth, in which the title character is made "Thane of Cawdor." However, the 600-year-old castle, still home to the Cawdor family, was built many years after the life of the 11th-century King Macbeth. Visit the walled garden, flower garden, wild garden, and the woods featuring numerous species of trees and 100 species of lichen. Enjoy the nature trails, golf course, putting green, duck pond, and picnic area. Don’t miss the ancient medieval tower, built around the legendary holly tree. Admire the furniture, portraits, other artwork, and tapestries. Grab a bite at the Courtyard Cafe or the snack bar and stop in at the gift shop, Highland Shop, or Wool Shop. Parking is available. To visit Cawdor Castle on your trip to Nairn, use our Nairn online road trip planner.
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Duration: 7 to 8 hours
$103 BOOK WITH VIATOR Half-Day Tour, Loch Ness, Cawdor Castle & Outlander sites Tour from Inverness
Duration: 5 hours
$71 BOOK WITH VIATOR Invergordon Shore Excursion: Inverness City, Cawdor Castle and Whisky Tour
Duration: 8 hours
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Duration: 8 hours
$96 BOOK WITH VIATOR INVERGORDON PORT Tour of Culloden, Cairns & Cawdor Castle
Duration: 6 to 7 hours
$110 BOOK WITH VIATOR Full-Day Culloden, Cairns and Cawdor Castle 2 to 15 passengers PRIVATE TOUR
Duration: 6 to 8 hours
Cawdor Castle reviews
The car park is not far from the castle, but involves a pleasant short walk through the grounds. There are toilets by the car park. The day I visited, a piper was playing on the pathway to the...
The car park is not far from the castle, but involves a pleasant short walk through the grounds. There are toilets by the car park. The day I visited, a piper was playing on the pathway to the... more »
This is a beautiful fairy-tale castle that really looks the part. Inside the original castle architecture is retained and the place is filled with tapestries, paintings and furniture from days gone...
This is a beautiful fairy-tale castle that really looks the part. Inside the original castle architecture is retained and the place is filled with tapestries, paintings and furniture from days gone... more »
The castle is well maintained and each room has a printed explanation of significance and artifacts within. The gardens are worth a visit more so than the castle interior of you had to choose only one. That being said, the castle is very cool. Especially the tree still preserved in dungeon. Great story there. Check it out!
Always a sheer pleasure to visit this beautiful fairytale Castle and stunning grounds. Great for families and for those who like walking. There are walks and educational points regarding the various old trees on the walks. And even a maze. Food is tasty there and the historical audio guide through the rooms is very intriguing. A great place.
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