CASTLES, Cathedrals, Abbeys and Stately Homes 


Cawdor Castle

CAWDOR CASTLE, Nairn, Scotland  

Cawdor. A magical name, romantically linked by Shakespeare with Macbeth. A superb fairy-tale Castle, and just what every visitor is looking for ... Scottish history that you can touch and see and sense for yourself. Cawdor Castle is not another cold monument, but a splendid house and the home of the Cawdor family to this day.

Cawdor Castle dates from the late 14th century and was built as a private fortress by the Thanes of Cawdor. The ancient medieval tower was built around the legendary holly-tree.

Although the House has evolved over 600 years, later additions mainly of the 17th century were all built in the Scottish vernacular style with slated roofs over walls and crow-stepped gables of mellow local stone. This style gives Cawdor a strong sense of unity, and the massive, severe exterior belies an intimate interior that gives the place a surprisingly personal, friendly atmosphere.

Good furniture, fine portraits and pictures, interesting objects and outstanding tapestries are arranged to please the family rather than to echo fashion or impress.

Along with the three gardens, the Cawdor Big Wood, and our own 9-hole golf course, we believe Cawdor Castle to be a truly extraordinary place. We hope that when you have seen all you want to see, Cawdor will give you a pleasing and lasting memory.

Lady Cawdor.

 Open every day from May 1st to October 14th 2001, between 10am and 5.30pm, last admission to house - 5pm

Car and coach parking is free
Wheelchair access limited
For those of you interested in special facilities, we can organise:
A variety of special menus in the Castle Restaurant
A Piper to pipe your group over the drawbridge
A private golf competition on the 9-hole Golf Course
Top quality salmon fishing on the River Findhorn and roe deer stalking are also available.

Maze in early morning light.


Culloden Moor

A wind that awoke on the moorland came sighing,

Like the voice of the heroes who perished in vain:
"Not for Tearlach alone the red claymore was plying,
But to win back the old world that comes not again."

A. Lang.


Prince Charles Edward in 1744,
from a Bust by Lemoyne                                    

 (pron. Cul-LOD-den) (where lod sounds like sod)

The Battle of Culloden which took place on 16th April, 1746, is to this day surrounded by myths and innaccurate accounts. It was not a war between Scotland and England. It was not a war between Catholics and Protestants. It was, however, a dynastic struggle between two different royal houses: the house of Stuart and the house of Hanover. The resulting battle sounded the death toll for the highland way of life, and Scotland was changed forever as a result, and events like the Highland Clearances became ripple effects of the battles outcome.



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