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

Discover a unique blend of traditions at the gardens of Auchindoune House

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The Tibetan Garden

Over eighty years ago, 5th Earl Cawdor brought a collection of rare Tibetan plants back to his Highland home. Auchindoune gardens, his Tibetan treasury of shrubs and flowers were planted along the banks of the Cawdor Burn.

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The Kitchen Garden

The Kitchen Garden Laid out in a traditional design by Arabella Lennox-Boyd, Auchindoune’s vegetable garden is especially interesting for its once pioneering commitment to organic and now biodynamic principles and practice.

Cut flowers are also grown here, including antique varieties of Sweet Pea, such as Cupanis which date back to 1669, and Painted Lady of the 18th century.

Opening times

Due to essential groundworks we are unsure if we will be able to open The Auchindoune Gardens to the public this season. Please check back at a later date for any update on this.

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The Arboretum

Planted to mark the Millennium, the specimen trees in Auchindoune’s arboretum include several from Tibet. Acer, Sorbus, Salix, Nothofagus and Malus are just some of the trees that are maturing here. Additionally, the Arboretum’s system of traditional hedgerows includes native species. These are naturally attracting to the local wildlife.

Cawdor Castle is now closed to the public until Spring of 2023