Brodie Castle, Forres
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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.For Brodie Castle and beyond, use our Forres itinerary builder to get the most from your Forres vacation.
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Being short on time, we were offered a half hour tour for a reduced price which we accepted. We were conscious of the time, our guide Margaret was lovely and stayed to chat about where we were from. B... read more »
We accidentally stumbled across this castle on our way to Aberdeen. The castle is fabulous with beautiful and original rooms, passionate guides and lovely food in the tearoom. We can absolutely recomm... read more »
If you are in the area, the Brodie Castle is certainly a place you can stop to see. I wasn't able to get to the location before it ended its tour service option but I was able to walk the ground. I su... read more »
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.
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!
A lovely house with an excellent private tour.
One of my favourite places to go for a walk. Lovely kids play area. Castle staff are great. Castle tours are really interesting. Worth a visit and you will go back again.
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