Number of Guests


Over 16 years



3 - 15 years



up to 2 years


Travelling with a Pet?

Arrival & Departure

Flexible by +/- 3 days?



Achneim Cottage

Accomodates up to 2 people

Whether you want to whisk your other half away for your anniversary or fancy a spontaneous summer weekend away, there’s nowhere better to rekindle romance than Achneim Cottage. By day, explore the Moray Coastal Trail, attend an event like the Nairn Games, or head to the fishmongers for locally sourced lobster. By night, sip champagne as the sun sets, or huddle near the fire with a newly discovered malt whisky.


Ivy Cottage

Accommodates up to 6 people

Tucked away in the peaceful west end of the village, Ivy Cottage is a cosy base for countryside adventures. As soon as you walk through the striking red door, you’ll be dazzled by charming character and original features. Although you’ll feel far away from everything, you’ll only be a short stroll from the friendly Cawdor Tavern and Cawdor Castle.





Lochanshelloch Cottage

Accomodates up to 6 people

Close to Cawdor village, Lochanshelloch Cottage is surrounded by woodlands, rare wildlife and winding paths. Fill the gloriously long Scottish summer days seeking thrills on the Tomintoul Mountain Bike Trail, a 24 mile ramble along the Dava Way, dolphin spotting at Chanonry Point and more. Once the children are in bed, watch the sunset slowly set with a glass of wine and selection of organic cheese from Connage Dairy.


Fisherman’s Cottage

Accommodates up to 6 people

On the banks of River Findhorn in the Drynachan valley, Fisherman’s Cottage looks like something you’d only expect to see in a watercolour painting. With the sun glistening on the river, it’s easy to imagine a fisherman passing his time here on a long summer’s day. Try birdwatching, forage for berries, or visit Loch Ness, then indulge in a game supper – we can provide grouse, partridge, roe deer and more.





Gardener’s Cottage

Accomodates up to 6 people

Luxury and comfort meet the wilderness and unknown at Gardener’s Cottage. With the Highlands on your doorstep, you can explore native woodlands by bike, visit for the annual Pipe Band Championships, or pick elderberries for cordial. Or you could just make the most of the peace and quiet, sitting by the restored Victorian fireplace with a good book, a cup of tea and some chunks of Scottish tablet.


Drynachan Lodge

Accommodates up to 22 people

For summer holiday gatherings, memorable New Year celebrations, short Easter adventures or even intimate Highland inspired weddings, look no further than Drynachan Lodge. With 12 bedrooms, it’s easy to fit everyone – grandparents, cousins, family friends and more. Adults can catch up in the Tartan Room while children explore and teenagers do their own thing. In the evenings, everyone can feast and drink together in the dining room.



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Cawdor's Heritage

Managing a highland estate can be a challenge. But thanks to our team we’re thriving.


Managing a highland estate can be a challenge. But thanks to our team we’re thriving.

Our cottages aren’t just holiday homes. They’re part of a living estate. Behind the scenes, our team work hard to make sure we preserve our heritage and make sure you get the most out of your stay.

We rely on people like our farm manager.  His team farm the 3,000 acres of arable land on the Estate. Gaze out a cottage window and you might see him cultivating crops.

Our moorland management means guests can hear the call of ground nesting birds in the spring, see a patchwork of purple heather in late summer and watch sheep and highland cows grazing.

We’re preserving the landscape and growing timber in a sustainable way. The Estate and its surroundings are naturally beautiful. We’re committed to conservation so it remains that way for all our future guests.

Because of our management of woodlands and purple heather moorlands, our visitors can see blackcock and capercaillie again. Our partnership with Findhorn Nairn and Lossie Fisheries Trust will keep the River Findhorn brimming with salmon and trout. Sustainability is key for us too. Working with Cawdor Forestry Limited, we sell mature timber to local sawmills where it’s chipped for biomass or used to create commercial timber products.



As part of the Cawdor community, we create local employment and help businesses grow. Our idyllic holiday homes and lodge help boost tourism in the area. They offer the ultimate retreat for couples, families and big groups. Every single year, we’re able to show visitors what the Highlands have to offer.

From local community groups to farmers, we work with a variety of stakeholders to strike a balance between our commercial viability, environmental sustainability and community responsibility. We want to boost the economy of the place we call home. We employ nearly forty permanent and seasonal staff, let out farmland on long-term and seasonal grazing agreements and lease cottages to many of our team.

The Location



Acres of estate grounds


Years of Cawdor Estate Heritage



Acres of arable land



Year forestry operations


Miles from Inverness


Beautiful holiday cottages

History of the Estate

Before there was an Estate, or Castle, there was a King.

When people hear “Cawdor”, Shakespeare’s tragedy probably springs to mind. The real Macbeth was Thane of Calder (before he defeated King Duncan and assumed the crown of Alba in 1040). The title “Thane of Calder” was passed down through many generations of Campbells. But in the 18th Century, the 10th Campbell in line took the title “Lord Calder”, breaking the ancient tradition. “Earl Calder”, the current official title, was coined in 1829.

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So why the change of spelling? The Bard of Avon used the English spelling of Calder when he made Macbeth the “Thane of Cawdor”. And, in the early 19th Century, Earl Calder changed the name of castle, village and clan to match Shakespeare’s fictional title.

The Estate Today

There is more to Cawdor Estate than meets the eye.

At first, Cawdor Estate might appear to be a heritage site boasting impressive views. But dig deeper and you’ll discover we’re an organisation making an impact. We work with people in the area to tackle issues like employment, housing and education. Looking to the future, we want to grow our team to provide more jobs and build new homes in the area.

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We’re also doing our bit to tackle climate change by helping a range of renewable energy projects happen such as Tom nan Clach Wind Farm and a hydro-power scheme in the Drynachan Valley.