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Cawdor, Nairn, Highland,
Scotland, IV12 5RD

01667 404401

01667 404 674

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Opening Days and Hours
Dates/days/times open:

1st May - 1st Sunday in Oct; 7 Days a week;
10am - 5.30pm with last admission to castle & gardens at 5

Parties/Coaches: Yes


Group Appointment: Yes

Guided tours must be booked in advance.

House Open for Viewing: Yes

1st May - 1st Sunday in Oct; 7 Days a week;
10am - 5.30pm with last admission to castle at 5pm

National Garden Scheme days: Yes
Best Times of Year to Visit:
To see:
Admission Prices

Adult £10.70; Child (5-15) £6.70; Over 60s & Disabled £9.70; Student £9.70; Family (2A +5C) £31
Adult parties (+12) £9.20; Children's parties £6;
Gardens, Grounds & Nature Trail: £6.00
Adult friends of Cawdor Castle Gardens Membership £18.00.
9-hole Golf Course Day Ticket £12.50; (adult) £6 (child)
Putting Green - (£3.50 per round)

Onsite Facilities
Parking: Yes
Shop: Yes
Teas: Yes
Dogs Allowed: No
Lavatories: Yes
Plants for Sale: No
Refreshment: Yes
On Lead only: No
Disabled Access: Yes
Lunches: Yes
Picnics: Yes
Special Events: Yes
Other Facilities & Comments:

Disabled Access: Partial access only to interior of castle,but full access to gardens.

Garden Features & Events

Romantic castle, dating from the 14th century, overlooking an intimate series of beautifully kept gardens and extensive woodland. Visit Scotland Grade: Five Star

English Heritage/Visit Scotland Garden Grade:
National Collection:
Nearby Cambridgeshire Hotels, Facilities & Amenities

Hotels & Accommodation:

Golf View Hotel, Nairn
Clifton House Hotel, Nairn
Claymore House Hotel, Nairn


Boath House, Auldearn Classroom, Nairn

Inns & Pubs:

Cawdor Tavern

Villages / Towns / Sightseeing:

Nairn - 5 miles Inverness - 14 miles

Description of Garden

In 1981 Lord Cawdor decided to remodel the kitchen garden and plant a holly maze. The pattern for this was taken from a design set in the mosaic floor of the ruined Roman villa of Conimbriga in Portugal, and which in classical form depicts the Minotaur's labyrinth at Knossos in Crete, a conundrum devised, mythologically, by Daedelus. In the second half of the garden is a paradise garden, knot garden and a thistle garden, as well as an orchard that has been planted with old Scottish fruit trees.

The flower garden was originally designed for enjoyment in late summer and autumn, but this garden's season has been extended to give pleasure from early spring, with bulbs, bedding plants, herbaceous borders, ornamental trees and shrubs all providing delight. The wild garden on the stream bank of the Cawdor Burn gives another contrast; and beyond, conveniently marked paths lead in to Cawdor wood: a mixed forest that is one of the finest and most beautiful in Europe.

History Of Garden

The castle dates from the 14th century and has been lived in by the family in a direct line ever since. The Cawdors have been keen gardeners over generations.

The oldest garden north east of the castle was enclosed with walls and bastions in 1620, and cultivated in the old-fashioned manner where soft-fruit, flowers and vegetables and orchards were mingled closely together. The flower garden, south of the castle, was laid out a full century later, again in the old style. Later still, in 1850, Lady Cawdor added the oval rose-beds, edged with lavender, thus changing the framework towards formality.

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