Cawdor Castle

Inverness & the Great Glen

This castle, 5 miles southwest of Nairn, was once the seat of the Thane of Cawdor, one of the titles bestowed on Shakespeare’s Macbeth. The real Macbeth – an ancient Scottish king – couldn’t have lived here though, since he died in 1057, 300 years before the castle was begun. Nevertheless the tour gives a fascinating insight into the lives of the Scottish aristocracy.

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3. Culloden Visitor Centre

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5. Fortrose Cathedral

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6. Brodie Castle

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8. Hugh Miller’s Cottage & Museum

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