Castle Stuart
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Castle Stuart

Castle Stuart
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Castle Stuart is a 17th Century Tower House in the Highlands of Scotland, a 10 minute drive from Inverness.Restored privately from a derelict ruin, the Castle has 8 bedrooms available for overnight accommodation on an exclusive use basis or for individual use.Step back in time and enjoy the history and charm of a bygone era, alongwith the luxury of remote control gas fires/wifi/hot water and heating in your private chambers!Ideal for intimate weddings, a romantic escape, a family retreat, or indeed a birthday or anniversary party with style.
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Free parking
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Wifi
Free breakfast
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Non-smoking hotel
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Non-smoking rooms
Family rooms
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Eastwood E wrote a review Sept 2020
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
Just back from 2 days playing Castle Stuart with friends and have got to say what a fantastic experience. The course was superbly manicured, layout fantastic and service from all the course/ catering staff was second to none.This is a must play if you are keen golfers like ourselves.
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Date of stay: September 2020Trip type: Travelled with friends
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marlowstew wrote a review Mar 2023
Colorado31 contributions15 helpful votes
4.0 of 5 bubbles
I want many years ago and I want to go back. How does one actually contact this property?! I cannot find a contact anywhere. The castle was amazing and the hospitality was very special. Mrs M was in charge of breakfast and the porridge oats were such comfort food!
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Date of stay: April 2022
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Susan D wrote a review Jul 2023
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
From the Scottish banquet to the lesson on kilts and clans, the Stuart family has restored this place beautifully !
We chose the Murray room and were thrilled. My hubby read Burns to me , as we sipped port in front of the fire, after dinner.
Worth the splurge in every sense. Highly recommended.
World travelers Susan & Richard Bridge
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Date of stay: September 2022
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
Trip type: Travelled with friends
Room Tip: Read the history of Stuart Castle first.
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Chas G wrote a review Sept 2021
Arlington, Virginia51 contributions53 helpful votes
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Beautiful course with lovely views. But way overpriced compared to the hidden gems and other links courses of Scotland. Prefer Nairn, Cruden Bay, Tobermory and Montrose which was just 55£ after 15:00. Caddy was just ok and nothing like Nairn. Seems when Americans build in Scotland they forget that the local community is an essential part of a facilities sustainability. Castle Stuart has no local members and with prices like these one can understand why even it it had membership with the local community in mind.
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Date of stay: August 2021
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Cosmopolitan18698 wrote a review Aug 2004
Murray, Utah 841071 contribution16 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
I spent one terrifying, unforgettable night in the Stweart of Appin room in Castle Stuart. We arrived in the early evening, in May of 1999. It was so beautful, so remote. I had dreamed of visiting my Scottish roots since I was a young girl. this was my 50th birthday present to myself. I was with a group of friends: five in all. We were taken on a tour of the castle and allowed to choose our rooms. I picked the Appin because our guide said it had never had reports of "hauntings". Ha! tho't I was safe! The evening was marvelous & elegant. We were the only guests booked that night. As we retired, the gas fire place went out as promised. We all said good-night & went to our rooms. I suddenly felt apprehensive, but climbed into bed and tried to sleep. Ghosts? well, something was in that room, that night, and it was out for me from the start. around three in the a.m., was the worst. I felt as though i were being smothered, like I was under 50 feet of water or trying to breathe through cotton wool. I couldn't struggle loose. I knew I was trying to scream; to "swim " to the surface. Finally, after what seemed an enormous effort, an animal sound tore through my throat, but it released whatever was holding me. I came fully awake, completely drenched in sweat & fear. I calmed myself down & started to doze...suddenly I felt an actual physical pull on my ankle, and I was jerked off the bed. By then I felt completely crazy...sleep deprivation, etc., but also angry. I yelled something like, come & get me or leave me alone! Then I lay down again & finally fell asleep for about an hour. Then the sun started to show through the window. I got up & showered & went down to breakfast where my friend Dave, said, "well, did anyone get haunted, besides Maddie? I heard you scream, and it was so horrible, I couldn't get out of bed. I figured you were either dead or alive, and we'd find out in the morning. Nothing I could do anyway" That's my story. It was the most ALIVE experience of my life. Plus, the bagpiper was fabulous, (we had our own private bagpiper), the food superb, the atmosphere, of days long gone. A true piece of history. Looking back, I wouldn't trade this experience for the world. I can't wait to return!! Anyone want to go?
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Stay28468 wrote a review Oct 2005
New York, NY6 contributions28 helpful votes
4.0 of 5 bubbles
My husband and I spent part of our honeymoon in Castle Stuart's haunted honeymoon turret room, the Murray Room. It was a lot of fun-great combination of real history and hokey Halloween type atmosphere. The spiral staircases were pretty narrow so it is a good idea to take minimal luggage. Caroline Stuart, the owner's daughter, was delightful. She showed us the roof and many of the secret passageways. Mr. Stuart told us about the legends of the area and the castle's history. The furnishings are appropriately heavy and historic. They welcome guests 14 and older so it offers a more adult, laid-back atmosphere.
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TaraBB wrote a review Oct 2004
South Elgin, IL14 contributions122 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
We found this castle on an internet castle booking site and it was a real find! Initially I was disappointed when we made a reservation and the honeymoon suite was already booked. We ended up with the Mc Intosh room and it was a blessing in disguise...For the honeymoon suite, you have to go out of your room, into the tower, to get to the bathroom, whereas the McIntosh's bathroom was in the room. The honeymoon suite is very cool though. Since this is an ACTUAL castle, the stairwells are narrow so you have to pack accordingly.... Its a great location near the Culloden Battlefield and fairly close (45 mins?) to Loch Ness if you are heading that way. The light dinner Castle Stuart provides turns out to be a huge meal with all the trimmings. Then there is coffee/tea and light dessert in the Library. Very neat hidden doorways, etc. Very beautiful grounds and gracious hosts who know the history and area very well. It was by far one of the coolest places we have ever stayed at and we have "been around". I believe the castle does not let children stay there, however, and we could see why (one reason being the stairwells). Also, we did not encounter any ghosts (see Castle website)
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Date of stay: October 2003
4.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
4.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
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ghostseeker wrote a review Feb 2008
Fife1 contribution12 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
My husband booked the castle for a house party to celebrate my 40th birthday for two nights. Prior to us arriving, we had regular contact with Caroline, one of the Stewarts who own the castle, to ensure she had all the details of our requirements, i.e. meals we required etc.

As soon as we arrived at the road entrance to the castle, we all knew this was going to be an experience of a lifetime. The status of the castle took all of our breaths away. We were greeted by Caroline as soon as we arrived and led into the castle. She gave us a fantastic tour and everyone could see all of the rooms and get the "feel" of the castle, which, we could sense had an "eerieness" about it.

Once we were allocated rooms and settled (my husband and I were put into the "haunted three turret bedroom") we relaxed into the Drawing Room where were given afternoon tea which was all homebaked solely by Caroline. Next came a fabulous dinner, also prepared solely by Caroline which everyone agreed could have been prepared by a world class chef!

Caroline and her staff anticipated every need and could not have been more helpful. The rooms were exceptionally clean, as was the whole castle. As it was a house party, it really felt as if it was an extension of our own homes, it was so comfy.

As far as experiences in the castle went, there were many. Whispers were heard in our haunted room, perfume smelt in a room that had not had anyone in it for hours, screams were heard in the stairway, the doorbell rang with no-one there, snooker balls were being knocked together which various people heard when no-one was in the billiard room!

The bathroom belonging to our room was one of the eeriest places there and the hairs stood up on the back of everyones neck whenever they visited it! There is definitely something there!

The most shocking experiences were that one of our friends saw a "white mist/person" crossing over the doorway from the Billiard Room to the Drawing Room, when investigated, there was nothing there. Also my husband's aunt and uncle had just HIS toiletries taken from the shelf in their bathroom and dropped into the sink where HERS stayed on the shelf! That spooked everyone! Also when retiring to bed on our first night, we noticed our bathroom door was tight shut when we had left it open - any draught would have opened, not closed it!

All in all it was a fantastic place to stay. It is a credit to the Stewarts and all their staff. We, and probably some of our friends will definitely be giving Stuart Castle another visit.
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Date of stay: February 2008
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
5.0 of 5 bubblesCheck-in / front desk
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
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Departure20155 wrote a review Feb 2006
Northern Suburbs, Illinois5 contributions12 helpful votes
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
Stayed at the fully restored Stuart Castle and it was Wonderful!! Driving up to the Castle, you can see the Castle off in the distance. Once you drive into the private driveway, it is magnificent! Caroline Stuart welcomed us with open arms. The rooms are private, and beautifully decorated, down to the last detail.

We retired to the huge living area and were called to dinner with a bagpipper, brought tears to my eyes! The food was exquisite, the dining room with large tapestry pictures which tell a story.

A large game room (chess, snooker, cards) with a secret entrance. Had a wonderful breakfast. Walked on the private grounds and it was breathtaking. This was a lifetime experience. As Americans, we could not have asked for a better place to stay in Scotland, felt like a 'real' castle. Worth every penny!
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Date of stay: September 2005
3.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
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bfiguray wrote a review Oct 2006
Woodridge, IL22 contributions23 helpful votes
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
Just a couple of weeks ago my husband and I stayed a night at Castle Stuart. It was amazing. We stayed in the MacLachlan Room which is at the very top of the West tower. Another couple was staying the night as well but they were at the very top of the East tower in the honeymoon suite. First of all, the grounds are absolutely gorgeous with a tree lined drive as you make your way up. My husband and I were worried that we would be in a place that "says" it's a castle but when you get inside it's just a modern B&B. We were so wrong. They tried to keep the feel of the castle as close to the Jacobean times as possible, from the furniture to the artwork. For the MacLachlan suite, you have a small bathroom in the room itself. Very small, toilet and sink, really, but perfectly useful for those middle of the night trips! When you walk out of the room, you go down about 5 steps and through another room before going down about 4 more steps into a full bathroom, complete with full size bath (a rarity in Scotland, we found). On the stairs going up to the room itself there is a privacy gate, so that you can block off other guests from getting any higher than that spot, effectively creating a private suite despite the fact that you go through the main stair to get to the large bathroom. Add to that the MacLachlan suite has a private view of the battlements. JUST GORGEOUS. And even more special since, if you have this room, the view is yours and yours alone. The Honeymoon suite did not have this view. The room itself was very large with a gas fireplace and chairs, your typical tea/coffee setup, white and red wine, chocolates and treats everywhere, nail kits, sewing kit, shoe care kit. All complimentary. A lovely setup. Please note that if you visit the website, the pictures of the rooms and entire castle do NOT do it justice. There is a whole section behind and to the left that is not shown in the picture. Since we were the only ones in that tower, Caroline left the rooms open so we could look at them as well. All of the rooms were wonderful with similar setups.

The rest of the house was SO much fun. A secret doorway to get to the diningroom, which was gorgeous. The dinner was superb and the company was great. Getting piped in by the bagpiper was an experience! Both couples sat at at the main table, which allowed for some group conversation but private conversation as well. Breakfast was served in the same room, only at the side nook tables. We spent several hours before dinner playing chess and snooker in the billiard room, with a few drinks, and a few hours after dinner reading in front of the huge fire in the drawing room. My only complaint was that I ate SO much at dinner that it was uncomfortable to sit down afterwards! The secret entrances to these rooms were so interesting too!

All through the drawing room are books, snacks and treats, as well as music playing. A wonderful honesty bar was set up as well. You had choices of cookies, chocolates, fresh fruit, tea, hot chocolate, coffee, etc. There were genuine Stuart Family pictures scattered about, letting you know this wasn't just a tourism spot, this was a family home. There were a range of books and magazines on Scotland and Scottish topics. Had I not brought my own book, I would not have suffered!

The great hall was not something we "used" although we did spend some time in there looking around. This would be perfect for a wedding or a large party.

Caroline, our hostess was so wonderful. She was very knowledgeable and very gracious, however she was not stuffy and made us to feel very welcome and comfortable. The grounds were great and we can only imagine how they would look in the summer or spring.

We got there as early as we could for check-in and stayed until the last possible minute as we did NOT want to leave. All in all a wonderful castle stay and we will definitely go back. You felt transported in time with all of the modern ammenities!

note: We visited Culloden Battlefield before the castle, that morning. Much of the artwork in the castle pertains to the Bonnie Prince Charlie and having visited Culloden to hear the story brought the artwork home. We'd recommend doing that so you are more familiar with the story.
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Date of stay: October 2006
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
5.0 of 5 bubblesCheck-in / front desk
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Susan D wrote a tip Jul 2023
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Read the history of Stuart Castle first. "
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Nieta63 wrote a tip Mar 2017
New York City, New York24 contributions11 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Book Early and not during holidays for a better rate. Stay in the Murray Suite at least once if you can!"
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Rod M wrote a tip Apr 2015
Reston, Virginia2 contributions12 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Ask for the bedroom that had not been slept in for 300 years, supposedly the most haunted."
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Steve B wrote a tip Oct 2013
Farnham, United Kingdom47 contributions22 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Go for the wedding suite..the most haunted!"
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Jessie M wrote a tip Sept 2013
Sandy, Utah65 contributions7 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"The room at the top of the West tower was the best!"
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Which popular attractions are close to Castle Stuart?
Nearby attractions include Culloden Battlefield (3.0 miles), Clava Cairns (3.5 miles), and Fort George (4.5 miles).
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Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, free breakfast, and a lounge.
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Guests can enjoy free breakfast and a lounge during their stay.
Is parking available at Castle Stuart?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
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Conveniently located restaurants include IV10 Café Bar Deli, The Star Inn, and Saffron Indian Restaurant.
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Many travellers enjoy visiting Clava Cairns (3.5 miles) and Fort George (4.5 miles).
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