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Brodie Castle

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Address: Off A96 | 20 Miles East of Inverness, 4 Miles West of Forres, Forres IV36 2TE, Scotland
Phone Number: +44 1309 641371
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Description: A clan chief's treasure house, generations of Clan Brodie have lived and...
A clan chief's treasure house, generations of Clan Brodie have lived and died within Brodie Castle. On the tour can be seen a letter from Robert the Bruce, the coronation robe worn by Queen Adelaide in 1831, antique furniture and ceramics and an extensive art collection, including three works by the Scottish Colourists. This 16th-century castle is a slice of Scottish history not to be missed. There's plenty to discover outside the castle too. The 71 hectare estate has landscaped gardens, a large pond, a walled garden, a woodland walk, an adventure playground and a nature trail with observation hides for watching wildlife.
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Laird's Wing - lived up to it's name

Just back from a 50th birthday four nights mid-week break at Brodie Castle near Forres. Very lucky with the weather at what was a great place to stay. Facilities were spacious... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed February 14, 2015
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Monifieth, United Kingdom
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Monifieth, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 14, 2015

Just back from a 50th birthday four nights mid-week break at Brodie Castle near Forres. Very lucky with the weather at what was a great place to stay. Facilities were spacious & comfortable with well equipped kitchen where everything has been thought of. All seven bedrooms were of a good size with the four poster Blinkbonny bedroom a memory to... More 

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PropertyManager51, Manager at Brodie Castle, responded to this review

So glad to hear your party had a wonderful time at the Laird's Wing. It's a great location for a family get together or special occasion with many of the contents original to the castle, giving a true sense of 'living like a laird'. Property Manager More 

Charlottesville, Virginia
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7 reviews 7 reviews
7 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 6, 2015

Well, I am biased because my Grandmother was of the Brodie Clan. However, there were many unexpected treasures on display here, such as the Coronation Gown of an early English Queen. the gift shop was fantastic, with many affordable, beautiful items. I hear daffodil time is the best time, for the Earl of Brodie, a recent owner before the National... More 

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PropertyManager51, Manager at Brodie Castle, responded to this review

Thank you for your kind review. We are delighted that you enjoyed your visit. Brodie does look wonderful in the spring when the daffodils are in bloom. There will be tours of the gardens with the gardener and her team in mid April when you can learn the history of the daffodil breeding and see many different varieties. If you... More 

Salt Lake City, Utah
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11 reviews 11 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 31, 2015

We were visiting distilleries nearby and our group was scheduled for Dinnerat the castle. We arrived to be greeted by a wonderful bagpiper, and given a tour of the castle by local authority. Great cocktails by The Glenfiddich and local fare driven dinner.

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PropertyManager51, Manager at Brodie Castle, responded to this review

Glad to hear you enjoyed your evening at Brodie. It's a great place for an authentic Scottish dinner, complete with whisky tasting, tour and bagpipes. I'm sure your group had a wonderful time. Property Manager More 

Hemel Hempstead
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
1 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2015

Visited on spec, lady on reception didn't want to bring the ramp for my wheelchair so I could gain admission to the castle. Result was that I left very disappointed that I couldn't view the castle and at her lack of helpfulness to a disabled guest.

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PropertyManager51, Manager at Brodie Castle, responded to this review

We are very disappointed to hear of your experience as we do strive to deliver a good customer experience at Brodie Castle. There is a wheelchair climber that can give access to the first floor. This requires advance booking. There is a single step down to the entrance, then a single step to the library and to the guardchamber, also... More 

Kingston, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2014

A super guide gave us background on the time period(s) and the family who has been here all along - there is still a Brodie of Brodie in residence! Watch for the Pictish stone on the drive in.

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PropertyManager51, Manager at Brodie Castle, responded to this review

Great to hear you enjoyed your tour. One misapprehension however, there is still a Brodie of Brodie (the 27th clan chief) but not in residence at the castle. You can however enjoy a holiday in the apartments where the late Ninian Brodie lived until 2003. Fine art, antique furniture and centuries of history make this huge apartment a splendid place... More 

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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2014

Visited Brodie Castle for the first time in mid October. Had to wait a bit for the tour to start and then because of numbers an "extra" tour was started so off we went with an exceptionally knowledgeable guide. He was interesting, knew the history of the castle very well, kept a good pace when going through the rooms and... More 

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PropertyManager51, Manager at Brodie Castle, responded to this review

Delighted you enjoyed your tour with one of our wonderful guides. We were fortunate to have a very busy October and try to respond with extra tours whenever possible. We would love to see you again in April, perhaps during our daffodil weekend when the gardens team will be leading tours of the garden. Ian Brodie was famed as a... More 

Scottish Highlands
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118 reviews 118 reviews
71 attraction reviews
173 helpful votes 173 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2014

Brodie Castle is a Scottish National Trust property, therefore admission fees are governed by the trust. Personally I think £11 a head was a little pricey, especially if you had to pay for a larger group. However, having said that, it was (on the whole) quite surprisingly enjoyable. As far as I am aware it is not possible to wander... More 

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PropertyManager51, Manager at Brodie Castle, responded to this review

Thank you so much for your feedback. We are as you say a National Trust for Scotland property, admission presently £10.50 for an adult and free to members. We feel our tour is value for money though we are always delighted when our visitors decide to support our heritage by joining as members. Should you join then your membership will... More 

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19 reviews 19 reviews
11 attraction reviews
47 helpful votes 47 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2014

We have visited the castle late October. The castle is very nice, unfortunately spoiled by the staff. We have waited half an hour before joined the 12:15 guided tour. The tour leader, Margaret told us to wait for the next tour( another 30 mins), because a big family came in with a lot of children, and therefore they will be... More 

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PropertyManager51, Manager at Brodie Castle, responded to this review

Sorry to hear of your disappointment. Tours are frequently 30 minutes apart, necessary to allow tours to clear rooms before the next visitors, especially on the upper floors where space is limited. However you should have been advised of your options before the tour. The guardchamber can be visited without a guide, also the tearoom, Victorian kitchen, scullery and shop... More 

Crossgates, United Kingdom
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9 reviews 9 reviews
4 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2014

Friendly and knowledgeable staff, quirky attractive castle and lots to see. The guided tour is really interesting and the tour guide kept our kids amused by a very clever treasure hunt. I would definitely pay this castle another visit because we didn't get to see the grounds or the adventure playground. Next time we'll make more time.

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PropertyManager51, Manager at Brodie Castle, responded to this review

Thank you for your kind comments. There is a lot to see at Brodie, many visitors return to tour the castle again to appreciate it all. Outdoors too has lots to offer with the adventure playground, shrubbery, walled garden, woodland walks, the pond walk and the Pictish carved stone by the entrance drive - something for everyone. Property Manager More 

London, United Kingdom
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75 reviews 75 reviews
8 attraction reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2014

Pleased to be able to use our National Trust passes and to be given such a warm welcome. We started in the tearoom while waiting to join a tour the people serving were friendly and enthusiastic about what they were doing but also passionate about there place of work. Our tour and guide was brilliant and made the place come... More 

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PropertyManager51, Manager at Brodie Castle, responded to this review

Delighted to hear you had such a wonderful experience. Everyone here loves Brodie and is keen that our visitors should too. We look forward to welcoming your friends to Brodie in the future. Property Manager More 

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