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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Andy Robertson (2 years ago)
Excellent golf course and GREAT food and hospitality
Eddie Morris (2 years ago)
Fantastic golf course and club house.
tommi reiman (2 years ago)
Such a great golf course. Views are fantastic and gives enough challenge to play, especially from back tee
Phil Barlow (2 years ago)
Quite simply a great weekends golf experience. Course and staff were excellent. Book it ....you'll love it
Rob Chaplin (2 years ago)
Visually stunning and a superb golf club. Staff all professional and friendly. A not-to-be-missed experience
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