Cawdor Castle and Gardens

Dating back to the 14th century and built by the Thanes of Cawdor as a private fortress, Cawdor Castle is a fascinating Scottish castle. Situated 30 minutes from the city of Inverness and 5 miles from Nairn, this castle is well worth a visit. Interestingly, it was built around a 15th-century tower house, which primarily belonged to the Clan Cawdor. According to legend, the tower was built around a legendary holly tree dating back to 1372. And to this day you can still see it in the dungeon!

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The Scottish Play

Macbeth becomes 'Thane of Cawdor'

Links with Shakespeare’s Macbeth

Did you know, the castle has links the literary genius Shakespeare and his play Macbeth? In the play about the 11th century Scottish king, Macbeth becomes ‘Thane of Cawdor’. Although historically inaccurate, and even though the castle did not yet exist at that time, this link between Macbeth and Cawdor has made the castle more famous.

Visiting Cawdor Castle

Here you can explore the lavish interior of this splendid castle, where the Dowager Countess Cawdor still resides. If you like stepping back in time you will love this. Explore generations of the Campbells in the Drawing Room. Marvel at the magnificent fireplace in the Dining Room. See the 19th century range and old cooking utensils in the Old Kitchen. And gaze at the stunning tapestries that adorn the Tapestry Bedroom.

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Castle Gardens and Grounds

Enjoy the beautiful castle grounds and activities

Exploring the grounds

And if you have green fingers, the ground’s gardens are beautifully maintained and well worth a visit. With a choice of gardens to explore you could spend a whole day here. Golf and nature-trail offer further activities. And the River Findhorn is a popular salmon fishing spot. With so much to do, you can wind down and refresh at their café at the end of your visit or do a spot of shopping in the gift shop. View ticket prices and opening times here.

Address

B9090, Cawdor, Nairn IV12 5RD

Telephone

01667 404401

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