Baking on Dispaly at Living Food at Cawdor Castle

Cawdor Castle Host Living Food

As Cawdor Castle prepares to open its doors this weekend for the wonderful Living Food event, we take a look at what makes this castle so special – and what visitors can expect from this exciting annual event!

Living food at Cawdor Castle


Dating from the 14th Century, Cawdor Castle is a location steeped in history and intrigue.


With links to Shakespeare’s Macbeth, this imposing four storey rectangular tower house, has been home to the Cawdor family for six centuries and today provides a great attraction for those visiting in the Inverness Loch Ness area during it’s open season (this year the Castle will close to visitors on October 2nd and will reopen for the 2017 season in May)

Amazing Highland Castle Gardens


Visitors to the castle can explore the Drawing Room with its superb collection of family portraits, admire the hangings in the Tapestry Room and marvel at the stunning stone mantelpiece in the Dining Room or learn a little about Cawdor cuisine through the ages in the Old Kitchen.


As well as the imposing castle building, Cawdor also boasts three superb gardens: a walled kitchen garden dating from the 15th century, a flower garden planted in the 1700s and a more recent wild garden, dating from the 1960s – this is in addition to the Big Wood and the nearby dower house of Achindoune – complete with its own Tibetan Garden, Kitchen Garden and Arboretum*. (*Achindoune Gardens are open Tuesdays and Thursdays in May, June, July and August from 10am - 4.30pm subject to an honesty-box payment of £3. )

Events at Cawdor Castle


Cawdor Castle also plays host to range of events throughout the year, with treats such as open garden days, open air theatre and, of course, the upcoming Living Food – Art & Craft event.


Living Food is the Highlands original food and drink festival – offering an event with a real emphasis on artisan, organic, local and sustainable produce. The two-day festival brings together local food producers, artists and local craft businesses in a tented village, where they can showcase some of the best products and products that the area has to offer.

Family Fun Near Inverness

In addition to cakes, cheeses, chocolates and charcuterie (to name but a few of the delights that will be on offer!) the event will feature children’s entertainment, face painting, chainsaw carving, garden and wood tours and live music – making Living Food at Cawdor Castle an amazing day out for all the family!

Living Food Event at Cawdor Castle


• Cawdor Castle Living Food takes place on Saturday 17th and Sunday 18th September at Cawdor Castle. Entry costs £6 per adult (or £9 for both days!) and £2 per child, with under fives going free. Family tickets for two adults and two children cost £15. For more information visit The Cawdor Castle Living Food webpage