The history of the castle - this building has many stories to tell and as guests you will be able to hear some of these.
The Stuarts tell their own story of bringing Castle Stuart back to life.
When Mary Queen of Scots came back to Scotland in 1561, after the death of her husband, the Dauphin of France, she gave this land to her half-brother, James Stuart, granted him the title 'Earl of Moray' and he ruled Scotland as Regent for her. Unfortunately he was murdered and the 2nd Earl of Moray was also murdered - stabbed to death 13 times. Thus Castle Stuart was finally completed in 1625 by James Stuart, 3rd Earl of Moray.
He married Anne Gordon - it was her father, the Earl of Huntly - who stabbed to death his father, the 2nd Earl of Moray. We think he built the castle for protection from his in-laws. The Stuart coat of arms.
Castle Stuart became a derelict ruin for almost 300 years. It remained empty - except for the ghosts.
No sooner was the castle built than it was attacked by 500 MacIntoshes who came down the drive and took over the castle. The Stuart family decided the best thing to do would be to pay off the MacIntoshes - they took the money and ran.

Some 20 years later, with the power of Oliver Cromwell in England gaining strength, the cultured and melancholy Stuart king, Charles the First, died beneath the headsman's axe outside his own London Palace of Whitehall. Castle Stuart suffered, fell into decline and gradually became a derelict ruin for almost 300 years. It remained empty - except for the ghosts.

Throughout centuries of Scotland's troubled history, Castle Stuart has stood a strong refuge and retreat for the Earls of Moray and the Stuart family. Within sight of this great house on high Culloden Moor, the Highland Broadsword rose and fell in the last futile attempt to restore the exiled Stuart kings to the British throne.

Charles Edward Stuart, the romantic 'might have been' of British history, shared with the Lords of Castle Stuart a proud descent from the Royal House of Albany, rulers of Scotland and, for a time, of the United Kingdom. The Stuarts and their kin wrote much of the bloody and poetic history that is Scotland's heritage.
This splendid 17th Century structure is now once more home to a Stuart family.
Who is the Murray room with Charles Stuart? In 1977 a Renfrewshire-born businessman and his wife ended their search for a permanent home in Scotland when they found Castle Stuart, near Inverness.

Having built a successful business in North America, Richard Charles Stuart and his wife Elizabeth took on the task of restoring the ancient home of the Earls of Moray to its former glory.
This splendid 17th Century structure is now once more home to a Stuart family and the Stuarts tell their own story of bringing Castle Stuart back to life.

'If I had been born wealthy 400 years ago, I may not have made a mark in history, but I would assuredly have left one thing for posterity - a house like Castle Stuart. The chance to create one's own home as a thing of beauty which would endure through the ages would have been my ultimate satisfaction, but time and circumstance did not favour me then.
The Great Hall makes a truly impressive setting for the ceremonial. It may be a corporate affair or dancing to the stirring tunes of Scotland. The Great Hall
Yet 400 years later, incredible as it still seems to me, my chance came to turn back the clock and recreate history in Castle Stuart. The house had been completed in 1625 by James Stuart, 3rd Earl of Moray and had flourished during his lifetime, but through disuse had fallen into decay till the day my wife and I first saw it as a derelict, ruinous ghost of the past.

The house was never meant to be a monument; it was built to be lived in and with eight bedrooms it can be enjoyed by more than one small family of Stuarts. The view from the battlements and each bedroom in the West Tower, of the Moray Firth and the mountains beyond are priceless and the Castle, like Brigadoon, should enchant our visitors and draw them back again and again to Scotland.

If our efforts in bringing Castle Stuart back to life give half as much pleasure to others as we have had in the work, we will be well rewarded. We have indeed been privileged to play a part in the Castle's rebirth and to enjoy the many, many friends that it has made for Scotland.'
The Drawing Room is panelled in oak with grand piano and harp and boasts an open fireplace large enough to roast an ox. Like the rest of the castle, it isfurnished for comfort and relaxation in the grand country house manner. The Drawing Room
The first wedding at Castle Stuart in 400 years took place in May 1993. If you would like to hold your wedding at Castle Stuart see our wedding information.
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