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Brodie Castle, Forres
(4.2/5 based on 320+ reviews on the web)
Brodie Castle is a castle near Forres, in Moray, Scotland. This castle is currently owned by its legal heir Lord James Brodie who lives in London.The Brodie FamilyThe original Z-plan castle was built in 1567 by Clan Brodie but destroyed by fire in 1645 by Lewis Gordon of Clan Gordon, the 3rd Marquess of Huntly. It was greatly expanded in 1824 by the architect William Burn who turned it into a large mansion house in the Scots Baronial style.The Brodie family called the castle home until the late 20th century. It's widely accepted that the Brodies have been associated with the land the castle is built on since around 1160, when it is believed that King Malcolm IV gave the land to the family.Ninian Brodie of Brodie (The Brodie of Brodie) died in 2003, and his son shortly after. Unfortunately, as his family had been unhappy with the transfer of the castle to the National Trust for Scotland, no Brodie now lives in the castle. The former family wing is being prepared for holiday letting.Brodie Castle todayArchitecturally, the castle has a very well preserved central keep with two 5-storey towers on opposing corners. As with many fortified stately homes of the time it has no wall. It does, however, contain a guardroom and secret passages to help the occupants escape assassination attempts. The interior of the castle is also well preserved, containing fine antique furniture, oriental artifacts and painted ceilings.
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TripAdvisor
  • We have not visited the Castle but only Park. The place is quiet and conducive to a friendly walk
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  • We visited on the penultimate day of the season, and Susan Milne was our tour guide. Her knowledge of the family and castle's colourful history, was phenomenal. She gave an insight into the Brodie fam...  more »
  • Absolutely spell bound by the encyclopedic knowledge of the tour guide. This is a fascinating place to visit. Be warned though there are plenty of stairs to climb. The cafe also serves a very good ran...  more »
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  • Nice location. Short walks. £2 for parking as standard at National Trust locations. Didn't look inside but the walks were nice
  • Excellent guided tour to a very interesting castle. Nice cafe.
  • Nice place, holds good events
  • A lovely house with an excellent private tour.
  • It was amazing! I'm a Brodie so I got to see my heritage. The caretaker of the estate and museum asked my dad and brothers if we were Brodie because we looked like all the portraits. A surreal experience for sure!