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.