Eating - Cawdor Castle - A five star visitor attraction near Nairn in the Scottish Highlands.

The Courtyard Café is the perfect spot to begin and end your visit to Cawdor Castle.

Open daily from 10am until 5pm, the Courtyard Café is situated in the South Courtyard of the Castle with views on to the Flower Garden. The cafe displays contemporary art in a welcoming setting in what was once the Factor’s house.
Cakes, homemade scones and soup are served daily along side a light menu for those requiring something a little more.

Hot food is served until 4pm daily, with hot & cold drinks and cakes available all day.

In addition to the organic produce grown in the vegetable gardens at the Castle and Auchindoune House and wild game and Beef sourced from the Cawdor Estate. We are proud to work with a range of local suppliers to use the very best ingredients from across Scotland. Try our very own traditionally pressed Apple Juice, made from a variety of over 60 apples including heritage varieties grown organically both at Cawdor Castle and Auchindoune House.

The Cafe has seating for 70 covers plus outside tables in the South Courtyard should the weather allow. The Cafe is fully accessible to wheelchairs and mobility scooter, our baby change facility and accessible toilet are all located in the Cafe area, please see our access statement for more information.

Our Catering Team work very hard to offer an enjoyable experience onsite, combining both value and quality for all our visitors.

We welcome groups and can service both set group lunches, soup & sandwich options or free flow lunches. Please email to find out more.

Please see some sample menus below.


Courtyard Cafe Menu

Group soup and sandwich

The Castle
Local Produce

Alongside our own home baking we stock selection of cakes from the resident Kiwi in the Cairngorms – KJs Bothy Bakery, formerly the Mountain Café in Aviemore.

We have also been working with Pure Highland, a plant-based bakery based in Nairn who provide us with the most delicious, modern vegan baking.

Useful Info
  • Hot and Cold Drinks, Sandwiches, Cakes, Soup and Light Lunches
  • Hot food will be served until 4pm
  • An admission ticket to the Castle or Gardens is required to visit the Courtyard Café
Member Benefits

Did you know that becoming a Friend of Cawdor Castle and Gardens allows you to enjoy a complimentary tea or coffee in the Courtyard Café on every visit. Click here to find out more.

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