Castle Stuart is a restored tower house on the banks of the Moray Firth. The land the castle was built on was granted to James Stewart, 1st Earl of Moray by his half-sister, Mary, Queen of Scots, following her return to Scotland in 1561. The successive murders of Stewart and his son-in-law, James Stewart, 2nd Earl of Moray, meant that the castle was finally completed by his grandson, James Stuart, 3rd Earl of Moray, in 1625. Though the castle initially flourished, it fell into disuse as the fortunes of the House of Stuart sank during the English Civil War and Charles I was executed. The castle lay derelict for 300 years before being restored; it is currently used as a luxury hotel.



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Founded: 1619-1625
Category: Castles and fortifications in United Kingdom

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Ernest Chaplin (9 months ago)
Played 13 courses in 16 days in May '22 in the St. ANDREWS area and the Highlands. Castle Stuart/(Castle Highlands) was tops. From arrival through departure, everything was simply perfect. I will return.
Jason Kerr (11 months ago)
What an experience. I was gifted a 2 ball at Christmas and recently played here. Honestly felt like we were treated like pros, welcomed the minute we arrived, got to use practice area just as you see the pros then we were issued a yardage book and card with pin placements, also got free tees and pitch mark tool. The course itself was stunning. Immaculate tees, fairway and greens. The views of the Moray firth a stunning. I cannot recommend a visit here highly enough. I WILL be back. Wonderful experience and day.
Gavin Heath (13 months ago)
Everything that a Golf Club and Course should be. Outstanding course, layout and design, Club house beautiful aesthetically, and staff and hospitality 100% guaranteed. I never tire of being invited to play here. If you haven't played here.....get it on your Bucket List.
Jay Estrela (14 months ago)
Amazing golf experience, well worth the money! Castle Stuart offers challenging golf for all skill levels, with amazing overlooking views and fantastic amenities. If I ever come back to Scotland, I will definitely play this course again.
Brian Beacom (14 months ago)
Outstanding. The course is a joy to play, even if my golf wasn't up to the standard. Clubhouse facilities are fantastic, food was good, staff were exceptional. I can imagine a completely different proposition if the weather wasn't as perfect as it was yesterday, but I'd still have loved it!
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