Just east of Inverness is Cawdor Castle. Tour of part of the castle is well done. However, highlight of the show are the gardens, which are dazzling. Two distinct garden areas and several miles of paths through deep woods. Hedge maze and every type of flowers imaginable. Next to Cawdor Village, which is also a pleasant walk.
Bit of a sore point this one. We arrived a few days before the castle was open for the season, and some joker had taked down all the road signs so you could not find it. After driving around and wasting petrol, we finally caught a brief glimpse, but were very p*****d off by this time, so we will not be returning!
Cawdor Castle dates back to the 14th century and is often linked to Shakespeare and Macbeth. It is still inhabited today by its owners who open it up to visitors during the day to help raise money for the keeping of the castle. It is really strange to be walking through the rooms and to see the TV hidden away in a cupboard and the books and magazines on the table that the inhabitants have been reading.
The surroundings are also very nice with three big gardens, one of them featuring a holly maze, and there is a large woodland area along a river where you can go on nature trails.