Brodie Castle

The History of Brodie Castle

LocationForres, Moray, Scotland (Google Map)
Open for VisitorsYes
Owned byNational Trust for Scotland
Rooms AvailableYes (Outdoor and Indoor Events)

Brodie Castle is a Category A listed building with beautiful gardens under the Inventory of Gardens and Designed Landscapes in Scotland. This well-preserved castle is located in the West of Forres, in Scotland and is now preserved by the National Trust of Scotland. You can visit this castle and enjoy its unique rose colour and deep history.

History

Brodie Castle land is believed to be given to the Brodie family around 1160 by King Malcolm IV. They made the first structure of the castle on the land. After 400 years, in 1567, the castle was remodelled with the Z-plan by Clan Brodie.

Unfortunately, in 1645, the castle got destroyed under a fire set by Lewis Gordon of Clan Gordon, the 3rd Marquis of Huntly. Only a few parts of the castle survived the fire. Later, the castle was rebuilt between 1824 and 1845. The Brodie family commissioned William Burn, a famous architect, to convert the ruined castle into a Mansion house. He followed the Scots Baronial Style during reconstruction. However, the additions were never completed by him. Later, the work was completed by James Wylson.
The Brodie Family stayed in the castle until the early 21st century. They made many alterations to the castle throughout the time. The last resident of the family, Ninian Brodie of Brodie, died in 2003. Since then, the castle and the surrounding policies have been owned and managed by the National Trust of Scotland.

Architecture

Brodie Castle
Brodie Castle, by Andrew Macpherson, is licensed under CC BY-NC-ND 2.0

Brodie Castle has the Renaissance architectural style and a well-preserved Z plan structure. It is famous for its unique rose colour exterior. The interiors of the castle have a mix of 16th, 17th, and 19th-century styles. Each room contains antique furniture, oriental artefacts, and painted ceilings. Several rooms of the castle are open to visit, which will help you explore more about the castle.

The central keep and guard chamber you see in the castle today have been well-preserved since the 16th century. It also has two 5-Storey towers on each corner. There is a 17th-century wing and sprawling Victorian extension. The castle has an impressive library with over 6,000 volumes.

The 71 acres of Brodie Castle estate includes:

  • The famous Brodie Castle Playful Park, 
  • A natural trail of hidden wildlife, and 
  • A walled garden.

The Brodie Castle Play Park is full of excitement, and you can indulge in some exciting activities when you visit it. You can also find Rodney’s Stone, an ancient Pictish monument on the castle’s grounds. If you get a chance to visit this castle during spring, you can also explore the famous collection of blooming daffodils in its gardens. The Brodie Castle opening times are 10 am to 4 pm from Wednesday to Sunday.  

Frequently Asked Questions

Where is Brodie Castle?

Brodie Castle is located in Forres town, in Moray, on the Eastern coast of Scotland. It is a well-preserved castle that you can easily reach by road using Google Maps.

Can you stay at Brodie Castle?

No, you can’t stay at Brodie castle. However, you can hire the location for the special events.

Have you visited this castle before? If yes, why not share some beautiful pictures with us!
You can email us your pictures of the castle at castrumtocastle@gmail.com. Please use the name of the castle in the subject line.
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