Cawdor Castle and Auchindoune Gardens
July 6 : 10:00 am – 4:30 pm£18.00
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PGG visit to Cawdor Castle and Auchindoune Gardens
Uniquely, for a Scottish castle Cawdor boasts three very different gardens. Each with their own history that generations of owners have over the years, transformed and extended. As a result these ideas are represented by the Walled Garden, the Flower Garden and the Wild Garden.
The Walled Garden, is the oldest dating back to the Renaissance. Re-designed in 1981 the top half of the garden was developed into a maze using 1200 holly plants. At the centre of the maze stands a sculpture of the minotaur. Situated at the lower half of the garden is the orchard planted with standard apples, pears and plums.
The Flower Garden, lies to the South of the Castle and was laid out in 1710. It contains a few of the original fruit trees and clipped yew hedges, long herbaceous borders and contemporary sculptures.
The Wild Garden, the steep wild garden lies between the Castle and the rocky Cawdor burn. Set amongst the tall trees of Big Wood and accessed via a discreet door in the wall of the Flower Garden. It is a ramble through a wealth of azaleas, rhododendrons, bamboo and willows.
With its living links to Tibet, Auchindoune has a Tibetan garden, a formal and vegetable gardens, an orchard and arboretum. There is much to be discovered and enjoyed in the gardens of Auchindoune House. The kitchen garden was laid out by Arabella Lennox- Boyd and is man-aged on biodynamic principles. Auchindoune is the summer house of the Dowager Countess Cawdor.
Visit www.cawdorcastle.com for more details about Cawdor Castle and Auchindoune Gardens.
10am – 10.30am Meet at the Courtyard cafe, Cawdor Castle for tea/coffee and a scone (with jam/clotted cream).
10.30am – Self guided tour Garden.
1.00pm – Lunch at the Courtyard cafe (pay for your own or bring a picnic to enjoy in the gardens.)
2.00pm – Auchindoune Gardens, is a 2 mile drive, or a good half hour walk through the Big Woods from the castle. Self guided tour.
4.00pm – 4.30pm Awa hame for tea.
Address and directions
Directions to Cawdor Castle are well signposted on all major routes. Cawdor Castle, Nairn, IV12 5RD.
Postcode: IV12 5RD
Cost for day: £18.00 which will cover tea/coffee and a scone on arrival and entrance to both gardens.