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Unspoilt rural beauty speckled with historical landmarks

Cawdor Castle

Cawdor Castle one of Scotland’s most famous landmarks, thanks to its connection to Shakespeare’s Macbeth. Far less known is the village of Cawdor, which is nestled on the other side of a steep, river valley. Cawdor started off as an estate for the castle and consists of narrow lanes, pretty stone cottages and immaculately kept gardens.

Just 12 miles away from Inverness, Cawdor is an excellent base from which to explore the spectacular scenery of the Scottish Highlands. A short drive and you will be surrounded by misty lochs and snow-capped mountains, with the chance of catching a glimpse of an otter, deer or golden eagle. Alternatively, take the time to enjoy the relaxing atmosphere of Cawdor, which is home to a cosy pub, ancient church and world-famous castle.

Despite the fact that Cawdor Castle

was built 300 years after Macbeth’s death, it plays an important role in Shakespeare’s play of the same name. As a result, it receives a steady stream of visitors who come to marvel and the castle’s imposing towers and impressive grounds.

Cairn Beach

The building itself has been beautifully preserved and tours of its interior offer visitors the chance to explore its cavernous rooms, full of stunning furniture and unique pieces of Scottish history.

For Scottish food with flair, try the Cawdor Tavern , where you can settle down by the open log fire and choose from a menu which prides itself on using local game and meat. The Cawdor Tavern is an ancient and beautiful building which started life as a joiner’s workshop for the nearby castle. The oak-panelled lounge, chandeliers and taxidermy add to the rustic feel of this pub, and a visit would be incomplete without sampling one of the bar’s many single-malt whiskies.

The countryside which surrounds the village of Cawdor is perfect for a gentle stroll. A walk along the River Nairn will take you through ancient woodland which is full of flora and fauna which is unique to the Scottish Highlands.

“Cawdor started off as an estate for Cawdor Castle and consists of narrow lanes, pretty stone cottages and immaculately kept gardens.”

If you’re looking for a more challenging hike, numerous hills, mountains, lochs and glens are only a short drive away.

For a bracing walk on windswept sands, head for Cairn Beach, on the Moray Firth. Here you will find spectacular Highland views and miles of unspoilt beach. In the summer months, you can even put down a beach towel and catch some sun, or take an invigorating splash in the sea.

While you’re there

Nairn Beach

A beautiful stretch of sandy beach, perfect for walking, picnics and swimming in its clear waters.

Culloden Battlefield

The site of the last last battle of Jacobite Rising, with both a visitor centre and interactive exhibition.

Cawdor Castle

A magnificent building home to the Cawdor visitors and open for the public to explore.

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