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Where: Cawdor Castle, Nairn
When: 01 May - 06 Oct 2013
Opening hours: 10am-5:30pm
Website: Visit website
Cawdor Castle is a genuine piece of Scottish History, romantically linked by Shakespeare to Macbeth, and boasting a great collection of tapestries and furniture. Visitors can see the portraits in the Drawing Room (the great hall), the Flemish tapestries in the Tapestry Bedroom, the ornate fireplace in Dining Room, the amazing 19th century cooking range in the Old Kitchen, and of course the thorn tree in the dungeons. The legendary tale goes that the Thane of Cawdor, following the instructions received in a dream, loaded a coffer of gold on to the back of a donkey and let it roam about the district for a day. Wherever the animal lay down to rest in the evening, there his castle should be sited. The donkey lay down under the thorn tree, and the tree remains inside the castle to this day. Visitors can also enjoy a walk in the three gardens or explore the Big Wood, where Red deer occasionally come into the estate.
Nairn, Cawdor Castle, NAIRN, IV12 5RD
Cawdor Castle is well sign posted on all major routes.
From A9 Northbound - On the decent towards Inverness, turn off the A9 on to the B9006. This brings you past Culloden battlefield, and on to a junction at Clephanton, approx. 9 miles. Turn left on to B9090, which brings you to Cawdor Village (1 mile) and follow the signs to the castle.
From A9 Southbound - At the roundabout at the end of Kessock Bridge, take the turning for A9 south bound. After ¼ mile take the turn off for the A96, to Aberdeen. Continue over the next roundabout and follow the A96 for 10 miles turning right on to the B9090. This will bring you to Cawdor Village 3 miles, and follow the signs to the castle.
From Nairn A96 - From Academy Street, at the West End of Nairn, turn left on to Waverley Road, then right on to Cawdor Road. After 2 miles you turn right on to the B9090, to Cawdor Village (3 miles), then follow the signs to the castle.
From Westbound A96 (e.g. Forres, Aberdeen) - Turn off the A96 at Auldearn, at the end of the village turn left onto the B9101 for 2 miles, cross the A939 Granton-on-Spey junction on to the B9090, for 3 miles to Cawdor and follow the signs to the Castle.
From Grantown-on-Spey A939 - At Grantown-on-Spey take the A939 North bound for Nairn. After 25 miles, (just before Nairn) turn left on to the B9090, 3 miles to Cawdor, following the signs to the Castle.
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