The longtime home of Clan Brodie, this turreted 16th-century castle—now run by the National Trust for Scotland—is set amid more than 170 acres (70 hectares) of parkland. The restored interior offers a glimpse into Brodie family life in the castle, and features precious artworks, antique furniture, and a 6,000-book library.
Visitors can pre-purchase an admission ticket for the castle, which includes guided tours showcasing the art collection and the treasure-filled rooms. Take a guided tour, which run every 40 minutes; afterwards, explore the walled garden and nature trails, let the kids romp around in the adventure playground at the rear of the castle, and watch for wildlife from well-placed observation areas. Alternatively, opt for a ticket to the Playful Garden, a separate outdoor area with a miniature version of the castle and interactive, kid- and family-friendly exhibits. Combination tickets offer access to the castle and the Playful Gardens.
For those planning to explore more of Scotland’s historic attractions, consider a National Trust for Scotland Discover Ticket, a sightseeing pass that grants access to more than 90 top sights, including Culloden Battlefield and Culzean Castle.
Things to Know Before you Go
- Brodie Castle is a must for families and history enthusiasts.
- Food is available at the tearoom, a cafe with hot and cold drinks, soups, sandwiches, and desserts, in the castle’s Victorian kitchen.
- The ground floor of the castle is wheelchair accessible; the second floor can be accessed via a stairclimber (advance notice required).
How to Get There
Brodie Castle is situated 4 miles (6.5 kilometers) west of the town of Forres, and about 25 miles (40 kilometers) east of Inverness. The fastest way to get there is to drive. You can also take the train from Inverness to Forres, then the number 10 bus from Forres to the castle.
When to Get There
Brodie Castle is best visited on warm, dry days in spring, when the surrounding gardens erupt as more than 100 varieties of daffodil come into bloom. One note: The castle usually closes for much of January and February.
Exploring the Estate on Foot
After exploring the castle’s interior, make your way along the walking paths that weave through the vast estate. Trek along the Green Walk, which once served as a shortcut for anyone traveling from the castle to Brodie village, or set off to see Rodney’s Stone, an eighth-century Pictish monument consisting of a stone slab with a cross carving on one side.
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