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Brief description of site

The designed landscape at Cawdor Castle dates from the early-17th century and has been continuously developed since then by the Cawdor family. It comprises 18th- and 19th-century parkland, large tracts of woodland and formal gardens. Cawdor Woods include areas of lichen-rich native oak woodland as well as 18th- and 19th-century replanting, including some exotic species nearer the castle. The formal walled Flower Garden has a few features from the time of its creation in the early-18th century but the current layout dates largely from the mid-19th century. The 17th-century walled garden, or kitchen garden, was redesigned in the late-20th century.

Brief history of site

Cawdor Castle has been owned by the Cawdor family for over 600 years. The Walled Garden was laid out in the early-17th century as a fully productive kitchen garden. The Flower Garden was developed from about 1710, remodelled in the mid-19th century and further developed in the 20th century.
The policies and woodland were laid out in the mid-18th century and altered and replanted during the 19th century. Further developments in the 20th century include a wild garden and a holly maze.

Location information:

Address: Cawdor Castle, Nairn, Scotland, IV12 5RD

Locality: Nairn

Local Authorities:


Historical County: Nairnshire

OS Landranger Map Sheet Number: 27 Grid Ref: NH848499
Latitude: 57.5246 Longitude: -3.92526

Visitor facilities

Opening contact details:

The site is open from April to October, daily from 10am to 5.30pm.

Key information:

Form of site: country estate

Purpose of site: Ornamental

Context or principal building: country house

Site first created: After 1620

Main period of development: Early 17th century

Survival: Extant

Site Size (Hectares): 400.2

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