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Cawdor Castle opens its doors from 25th April - 2nd October to welcome visitors. The five star visitor attraction is located near to Inverness and Nairn. This fairy-tale castle has been the home of the Thanes of Cawdor for over 600 years and is still the family home.

The Castle
A fairy-tale castle which you can touch and see and sense for yourself, Cawdor is a splendid house and home to the Dowager Countess Cawdor. With its low doorways, turnpike stairs, massive walls warmed by rare tapestries and its original kitchen, Cawdor is a place where you can slip right into Scottish History.

The Gardens
Cawdor’s three outstanding gardens are not to be missed. They include herbaceous borders, roses, rhododendrons, the rare blue poppy, spring bulbs contemporary sculptures and a wild garden. In Cawdor Big Wood are splendid trees and nature trails. On certain days walk to nearby Auchindoune House to explore the Tibetan, formal and vegetable gardens as well as an orchard and arboretum.

Golf, Shopping and Eating
The golf course at Cawdor Castle has been in use since 1976 and covers 25 acres of beautiful parkland. Its 1161 yards (par 32) offer a variety of challenges that will keep both seasoned players and beginners entertained.

At Cawdor there are three shops, the gift shop, highland shop and wool shop where visitors can purchase a souvenir from their time at Cawdor.

The Courtyard Cafe and Coffeehouse offer a selection of home baking and light lunches prepared by the Cawdor Chefs from the finest local ingredients.

Fishing on the Findhorn
Banchor Beat is also known as the Laird's Beat of Cawdor Castle to which it belongs. It reflects all that is magical about the River Findhorn with its scenery and the opportunities to take all classes of salmon from an array of pools and streams.

Opening from 25th April - 2nd October 2016

7 days per week 10am – 5.30pm last admission 5pm
Events for 2016

National Open Gardens Day - 15th April

We will be opening our gardens at Cawdor Castle and at Auchindoune House free to the public on National Open Gardens Day 15th April 2016 between 10am and 4pm. Come and see the gardens awaken from their winter sleep, see the gardeners in action preparing for another season. Daffodils and other small bulbs, Rhododendron species and hybrids, Camellia, Hesperis, Helleborus, Omphalodes,  Anemones, Cherry and Apple blossom are a few of delights that will be coming into flower.
Visitors to the garden that day will also have the opportunity to purchase a Friends of Cawdor Castle Gardens pass for the reduced price of £14.00 (normally £17.00) which will entitle them to revisit the Castle gardens and Auchndoune gardens as often as they like until 2nd October 2016. It also entitles them to one free entry to the castle itself during the season although visitors should note that the castle will not be open on 15th April and will not open until 1st May. Refreshments will be available at the Coffee House.

Tours of the Garden - 28th & 29th May

On Saturday 28th and Sunday 29tht May our Head Gardener will be conducting a guided tour of the gardens at Cawdor Castle from 2pm until 3pm. This will be followed by Tea or Coffee with homemade Scones & Jam served in the Courtyard Café. The cost for the guided tour and refreshments is £8.00 per person. RHS members will receive 20% discount off the tour price and entry to the gardens is free. (Entry into the gardens is free to RHS members throughout May, June and September). Entry to the gardens for non-RHS members is £6.00. Please contact Cawdor Castle on 01667 404401 to book onto the tour.

Outdoor Theatre

  • Macbeth - 7th August.
  • Much Ado About Nothing - 28th August 
  • Living Food Festival 17th & 18th September

For tickets and more information please visit our website -