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Castle Stuart in 2009
Castle Stuart in 2009

Castle Stuart is a restored tower house on the banks of the Moray Firth, about 6.5 miles (10 km) northeast of Inverness.[1]

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.[2] 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.[2]

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.[2] The castle lay derelict for 300 years before being restored; it is currently used as a luxury hotel.[2]

Golf links


The seaside links golf course at Castle Stuart along Moray Firth opened ten years ago in 2009, co-designed by two Americans: managing partner Mark Parsinen and golf course architect Gil Hanse.[3][4] It was voted as Best New Course for 2009 by Golf magazine.[5]

The course hosted the Scottish Open in 2011, 2012, 2013, and 2016.

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