Cawdor Castle

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When: 01 May - 06 Oct 2013

Cost: £9.75

Opening hours: 10am-5:30pm

Website: Visit website

Festivals & Heritage

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.

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Venue address

Cawdor Castle
Cawdor Castle, Nairn, Highland, IV12 5RD

Venue contact details

Tel: 01667 404401



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


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