What’s On at Cawdor Castle

Ceilidh of Dreams, an evening of storytelling – 16th August 7pm

Join highland storyteller Lizzie Mcdougall with the Highland Story Quilts accompanied by Siannie Moodie Clarsach for a special evening of music and stories that have entertained generations. Food and Drink will be available in the Courtyard Cafe.

The performance will take place in the south courtyard of the historic Cawdor Castle in the event of inclement weather the performance will move indoors to the Courtyard Cafe.

Suitable for all the family tickets are limited and are sold on a first come, first served basis.


Auchindoune House Biodynamic Open Gardens Day – 24th August 2.30pm – 5.30pm

An exciting opportunity to explore the gardens of Lady Cawdor’s Summer House in the Scottish Highlands. The gardens are a unique blend of traditions that have been organically managed since early 90’s and Biodynamically the last four years.

A guided tour from the head gardener will begin at 2:45pm from the Tibetan Garden.Its living links to Tibetdates back to the 1920’s when the 5thEarl Cawdor brought a collection of plants, flowers and shrubs from a legendary expedition to Tibet. Today Lady Cawdor actively continues the restoration of this tranquil garden along the Cawdor burn. Himalayan blue poppies, rhododendrons and primulas are some of the trademark species.

From early Spring to late Autumn one can experience an explosion of colours and aromas in The Cottage Garden, around the house. Climbing roses, wisterias, actinidia, jasmines, herbs and perennial flowers are some of the protagonists.

We resume in the Kitchen and Cut Flower Walled Gardenwhich was designed by the well known Arabella Lennox Boyd. It is traditionally laid out in box hedge beds with all the planting done geometrically. The orchard has more than fifty fruit trees mainly apples, pears and plums and an array of soft fruits including strawberries, raspberries, blueberries, gooseberries and currants. Around the year more than fifty edible species are grown. The cut flower season starts early with tulips and continues with iris and roses. A variety of flowers including calendula, cornflowers, larkspur, gypsophilaand sweet peas would keep until late Autumn.

You will have the opportunity to visit the Arboretum which was planted to mark the millennium and is a blend of Tibetan specimen and native trees. The surrounding traditional hedgerows attract the thriving wildlife of the area.

Pieces of Art by James Parker can be found in various locations of the gardens, blending harmoniously with nature and revealing a deeper meaning to the viewer. All is one.

To enhance your experience, we will invite you to explore the garden in a mindful way with the guidance of a mindfulness teacher.

For further information visit our website  https://www.cawdorcastle.com/cawdor-castle-gardens/auchindoune-gardens/ 

Tea/coffee and cake will be offered in the walled garden at the end of the tour. Books on Biodynamics and other relevant material will be available.

Price: £7 per person.

For bookings please contact Cawdor Castle office at 01667 404401.

Directions: Coming from Cawdor village on the main road, pass the church on your left hand side and take the first turn left. Drive up hill through the woods for about two miles. The house and gardens are on the right hand side just before a small bridge. You will see a white gate with a sign ‘Garden Open’. Enter the white gate and follow the drive to the old barn where you can park.


Auchindoune House
IV12 5XU

p.s. Sat nav will not bring you here so please use the above directions.