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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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Sun - Sat 10:30 am - 4:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
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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This was a really nicely preserved castle and the guided tour is fantastic. There is a letter from Robert the Bruce which was found on the property and is kept under glass... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 30, 2015
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Seattle
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27 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2015 NEW

This was a really nicely preserved castle and the guided tour is fantastic. There is a letter from Robert the Bruce which was found on the property and is kept under glass. That's pretty cool! But the castle itself is very interesting and well maintained (as expected from The National Trust) and well worth a visit.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2015 NEW via mobile

Was there for a wedding ceremony. Lovely setting with the ceremony out in the castle grounds with the castle as backdrop. First time I've been there. A wee rain shower didn't stop proceedings (well it is Scotland). Staff very friendly and happy to answer any question we had. Didn't have time for the tour but I will hope to visit... More 

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PropertyManager51, Manager at Brodie Castle, responded to this review

Thanks for taking the time to review. Glad to hear you were able to enjoy an outdoor ceremony, though inside the castle is also lovely for weddings. The stables is a really atmospheric old building and can be decorated to give it your own special touch, Do come back and tour the castle when next in the area, you'll love... More 

Johannesburg, South Africa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2015

Set in park like surroundings this is a really interesting castle. We had a free tour with Eileen...who was brilliant. Her detailed knowledge of the faintly history and art works was amazing. The place is full of art and antiques .. Priceless works of art from all over Europe, all collected by the Brodie family over many generations. Sad story... More 

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PropertyManager51, Manager at Brodie Castle, responded to this review

Thanks for your excellent review. Eileen has a terrific knowledge of the paintings, glad you enjoyed the tour. Ninian, 25th Brodie of Brodie, was delighted that the castle and the family collection of art and antiques became NTS property and frequently used to guide himself. He loved sharing his home with visitors and continued to live there in a private... More 

Ayr, United Kingdom
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15 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2015

We visited here while on holiday in July and had an unforgettable day. The castle tour was just right - the young guide did a great job of delivering what was interesting succinctly and engagingly and we felt we learned a great deal about the history of the family and the castle itself. Everyone provided a friendly and warm welcome... More 

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PropertyManager51, Manager at Brodie Castle, responded to this review

Many thanks for your excellent review. Delighted to hear you enjoyed a great day out with a good experience of the castle tour, the tearoom, and the grounds. Our staff are always pleased to know that visitors love the castle as much as we do. More 

London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2015

Small but friendly and interesting. It was the home of the Laird until quite recently and all the furniture is that of the family, so it is not a ‘museum’. The tea room and cafeteria are also small with limited menu, but good quality and pleasant staff. There is a free guided tour every hour – which brings the place... More 

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PropertyManager51, Manager at Brodie Castle, responded to this review

Thanks for your comments, We do try to keep the feel of a family home, as it once was, rather than a museum, good to know you appreciate the homely atmosphere. Tours are normally every 30 or 45 minutes with areas you can see on your own before the tour. Though the menu is limited, it is all freshly made... More 

Bristol
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2015

If you like art, this castle has some absolutely stupendous ceilings and an excellent and varied collection of paintings including some Scottish Colourists. There seemed to be something unexpected and stunning at every turn. Guided tours are compulsory and, while I usually prefer looking quietly on my own, Tony led the tour with great enthusiasm and there was plenty of... More 

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PropertyManager51, Manager at Brodie Castle, responded to this review

Thank you, we do indeed have many fine works of art on display. Most visitors find the guided tour enjoyable, Tony loves communicating his own enthusiasm for the castle to our visitors! Photography policy is under review, though I believe only permitted in certain NT properties. Most events do not affect the tours, but occasional early closing for weddings can... More 

Forres, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2015

I recently got married here & it was amazing, from initial enquiry right through we could not fault the attention to detail & service we received.

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PropertyManager51, Manager at Brodie Castle, responded to this review

Thanks for your feedback, delighted to hear everything was perfect for you. We do try to make every wedding a special day to remember and help couples to have a great experience from booking their wedding to the day itself. Congratulations on your wedding and best wishes for your life together. More 

Mooresville, NC
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2015

During our visit we saw beautiful paintings and furnishings. The experience felt real and not forced or faked as sometimes these things can be. It was literally like we took a step back in time and the owners had just walked out the door. Of the six castles we visited, this felt the most authentic. The only downside was our... More 

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PropertyManager51, Manager at Brodie Castle, responded to this review

Thank you for your comments and in particular those where we can learn from and improve on. Brodie Castle keeps the authentic feel as the contents were collected by the Brodie family. We have many wonderful paintings, from 25 examples of Dutch art such as Van Der Vliet to 18th c. English watercolours including Cotman and Sandby, Scottish Colourists, Marquet... More 

Bath, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2015

My husband and I visited with friends who live in the area. We were greeted by a very friendly lady at the front desk who explained that we had to join a tour and the next one was 20 minutes away, but she pointed us in the direction of some areas we could visit without a guide, so off we... More 

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PropertyManager51, Manager at Brodie Castle, responded to this review

Thanks for your review, glad you enjoyed your day. Lots of stairs, unable to have a lift but a stairclimber to the first floor can be booked in advance. This goes to the first floor so you can see all the principal rooms. Otherwise we do have chairs in most rooms to make life a little easier. More 

Appin, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2015

Dating from 1567, this castle home was continuously occupied and added on to by the Brodie family until 2003 when Ninian Brodie died at the age of 91. He had bequeathed it long before that to the National Trust with the stipulation that he could live there until his death. The place is famous for being ablaze with daffodils in... More 

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PropertyManager51, Manager at Brodie Castle, responded to this review

Great to hear you enjoyed your tour of this lovely castle. The long family association as the home of the clan chief and the fact that our interiors are full of Brodie family artefacts does make it a special place, making it a true reflection of the family and their collection. Thanks for taking the time to review. More 

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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
Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  Scotland  >  Moray  >  Forres
Open Hours:
Sunday 10:30 am - 4:00 pm
Monday 10:30 am - 4:00 pm
Tuesday 10:30 am - 4:00 pm
Wednesday 10:30 am - 4:00 pm
Thursday 10:30 am - 4:00 pm
Friday 10:30 am - 4:00 pm
Saturday 10:30 am - 4:00 pm
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