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“This castle has a real warmth about it” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Cawdor Castle

Cawdor Castle
Nairn IV12 5RD, Scotland
(01667) 404401
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Ranked #2 of 12 things to do in Nairn
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Owner description: 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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“This castle has a real warmth about it”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2013

Having visited Glamis Castle we thought we would visit Cawdor to complete the Macbeth duo. In reality Macbeth visited neither castle as they were not built until centuries after his death but who can forget the words of the witches

'All hail, Macbeth! hail to thee, thane of Glamis!
All hail, Macbeth, hail to thee, thane of Cawdor!'

We arrived at the castle at 4.15pm fully aware that it stops taking visitors at 5pm and closes its doors at 5.50pm. We bought our tickets at the turnstile gates near the carpark. It was £9.75 per adult and £6.00 per child. The castle is located close to the turnstile and entrance is via a drawbridge. Once over the drawbridge there is a coffee shop on the left and castle tours on the right. There are no tour guides but a detailed description of each room is provided as you enter. No photos are allowed within the castle as it is a private dwelling. This is the same as Glamis. There are plenty of rooms - drawing rooms, dining rooms, bedrooms kitchens etc.What is so good about this castle is that it feels like it is someone's home rather than a museum piece. Painting on the wall range from old to quite modern. The kitchen itself has some moden appliances. The tour itself is unambiguous and if you follow the arrows you ultimately arrive at a gift shop.After the gift shop there is the coffeeshop but we were too late for this. Instead we visited the gardens which were very well kept. Well worth the visit.

Visited May 2013
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“Lovely castle and gardens”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2013

The Countess was moving back in 10 days so this castle was humming with activity when we were there. Beautiful rooms and lovely gardens, even in the autumn; take time to wander through them.

Visited September 2012
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“Take your time going through the castle and property!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2013

There is so much to enjoy about this property.. the fact that it's still lived in part of the year makes it that much more appealing! This is a very informative and easy to navigate Caslte. Rumor is it's haunted and I was absolutlty mezmorized by the photographs and portraits of the family through the years. I loved seeing the 'Sotherby's' magazines laying around and the tree growing in the basement gives it even more character! COOL!
The gardens are beautiful and the hum of the bee's working their magic is truly unique!
Take your time and explore! You won't be disapointed!! There is a really nice gift shop - make sure you stop in for some souviner's you won't find anywhere else!

Visited June 2012
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“Fascinating old castle”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2012

The castle had a fascinating tale about a tree being the site of the castle & was still located in the lower levels, also on display were artifacts found on digs around the castle. The gardens were vast and enjoyable to walk around.

Visited July 2012
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Wilmer, Alabama, United States
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“This Castle is Superb !”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2012

From the moment you arrive, you'll see a "picture perfect" castle. The tour inside is fabulous and is one of the best quality interiors, by far. There are exquisite rooms and history throughout and furnishings , second to none! We topped off our tour with an ice cream cone and had a wonderful day! A MUST SEE !

Visited July 2012
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