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Darnaway Castle

The seat of the Earls of Moray, Darnaway Castle lies 3 miles (5 km) southwest of Forres in Moray in the midst of an extensive forested landscape. It was once the centre of the powerful Province of Moray, the original castle being associated with the Dunbar, Gordon and Douglas families before being acquired by the Stuarts in 1562. The new house, built in the style of a Gothic French mansion, was designed by Alexander Laing for the 9th Earl of Moray in 1802. The castle has a fine collection of family portraits and the story of the Darnaway Estate is told in the Visitor Centre at Tearie, 2½ miles (4 km) west of Forres.

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