Magnificently situated on the Moray Firth near Inverness, the 5 Star Castle Stuart is a sight to behold. A mere 7 miles from the heart of Inverness, and just 20 minutes drive from Loch Ness and Urquhart Castle, Castle Stuart is an ideally located base from which to explore the scenic and historic Highlands of Scotland. Fully restored and furnished in Jacobean elegance, you’ll soon realise that this is no ordinary hotel. Walk the battlements with the ghost of Charles I before he lost his kingdom and his head, or with Bonnie Prince Charlie the night before his tragic defeat at nearby Culloden Moor. The view of the Moray Firth and mountains beyond from the battlements is literally priceless. Surrounded by such natural beauty and historical significance, it’s impossible to leave Castle Stuart without being thoroughly enchanted!
Each of the eight guestrooms at Castle Stuart are named after the clans who fought and died for “Bonnie Prince Charlie” at Culloden, and are decorated in their individual tartans. Bathrooms are ensuite or adjoining. Throughout the house you’ll find open fires, fresh flowers, old paintings, armour and historic relics, tartan carpeting and polished floors.
Enter the portals of Castle Stuart and step back in time. You’ll soon realise that this is no ordinary hotel. Please note that Castle Stuart is a 17th century Tower House with spiral stairs, and no elevators. For short stays, your hosts suggest that you arrange a manageable overnight bag prior to arrival, to avoid lugging large suitcases!
A full Scottish Breakfast is included with your stay at Castle Stuart. A delicious and hearty breakfast, freshly cooked to order from the varied menu, is available each morning. Most dietary requirements are catered for, and any particular requests can be taken care of with advance notice.
Breakfast starts with fresh fruit juices, a selection of cereals, fresh fruit salad and yoghurts, before getting down to the cooked selection of sausages, bacon, eggs (however you like them), & pudding – in any combination you choose. All of the above accompanied by brown or white toast, and a freshly brewed cup of tea or fresh ground coffee.
The City of Inverness
On The Map: Inverness is located on Scotland’s central northern coast. The town is accessed via the A9 road from the southeast (Cairngorms National Park), A82 from the southwest (Loch Ness) , and A96 from the northeast (Speyside, Whisky Country)
Inverness is the true capital of the Highlands, and with 50,000 people, it is one of Scotland’s fastest growing cities. It is also one of the Highland’s oldest settlements. All roads still lead to the Highland’s center, Inverness. It feels like a compact town, but it has the bustle and air of a lovely city. Let your imagination run wild, and take a ghost tour led by an 18th century ghost, complete with period costume. Expect to hear tales of the city’s blood-chilling past, including ghosts, witches, murders, and spells! Stroll along the River Ness, or cruise on the Moray Firth, searching out bottlenose dolphins. It is very peaceful, especially if you’ve just been ghost-hunting… The River Ness flows through Inverness, and salmon fishermen come during the summer, even where the river runs right through the city’s center. High above the city is Inverness Castle, a unique Victorian built of red sandstone. Just below the castle is the museum and Art Gallery which runs exhibitions and workshops for kids. The main shopping area fans out from there in three directions, and includes a lively gathering place where pipers and other musicians get together and make music.