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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.
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Reviews
TripAdvisor
  • Brodie Castle was constructed 400 years ago for the Clan Brodie, but is now a National Trust for Scotland attraction, so members go for free. You are required to visit by tour guide only, whom was del...  more »
  • We had a good tour around Brodie Castle, which is the only way to see it. Our guide had good knowledge of the family history and of all the artefacts in the castle. The grounds are nice to walk in too...  more »
  • It isn't your usual castle but it is a real view of the local lords who lived in the area. The restoration on the building is very good and shows the care it receives from the volunteers. the only reg...  more »
Google
  • 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!