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“Beautiful castle”
Review of Brodie Castle

Brodie Castle
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National Trust for Scotland Discover Ticket: Scotland Sightseeing Pass
Ranked #2 of 26 things to do in Forres
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: 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.
Useful Information: Food available for purchase, Activities for young children, Activities for older children
Merthyr Tydfil
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“Beautiful castle”
Reviewed August 30, 2012

Built in 1567 by Clan Brodie but destroyed by fire in 1645 by Clan Gordon. Rebuilt and the Brodie family lived here until 2003 when Ninian Brodie died. He had already transfered the castle to the National Trust for Scotland and they allowed him to live out his days here. A family feud started after he has sold the castle to the National Trust and because of this the old family wing of the castle is a holiday let and no Brodie is allowed to live here - very sad. I read up about it all when I came home and it seems the castle was in a bad state of repair and no money so Ninian Brodie felt he had no choice but to sell to the National Trust, you got to feel for the family though losing their inheritance, I don't blame them being annoyed. You have to have a guided tour of the castle and our guide was brilliant, they are all volunteers but their knowledge and professionalism is amazing. Very enjoyable visit, fantastic history, would recommend.

Visited August 2012
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“well worth a visit”
Reviewed August 20, 2012

I visited here with my mum and mother in law. The tours of the inside are guided but you can wander around the grounds yourself. The tour was excellent and the guide was lovely. The rooms were stunning and the artwork and artifacts collected by the family were amazing. The tour wouldn't be suitable for anyone with walking difficulties as there are quite a lot of stairs involved but if you can manage I would recommend it.

Visited August 2012
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London, England, United Kingdom
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“Sunday Afternoon Meander”
Reviewed August 20, 2012

Beautiful setting, lovely house/castle, wonderful adventure playground, fabulous duck pond. Perfect for a Sunday afternoon meander and picnic

Visited August 2012
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“Pretentious rip-off”
Reviewed August 14, 2012

told on arrival, No Photography allowed, buy the guide book.  Everywhere are Don't touch signs, mostly for no good reason, many artefacts of no value other than being Victorian or pre-1950s.  
Guided tours only, listening to insufferable Sycophantic superficial sugar-coated history of the Brodie lineage. No mention of the criminal origins of wealth nor thenefarious means by which they held on to it.  
The guide made much of the numerous paintings on the walls, and that NTS were going to commence art tours of the place.  In fact the collection is of little merit, not one painting is worth a second glance.
We gained access by means of a free voucher, and would have been doubly disappointed had we to pay.
On the positive side,the new children's playground under construction looks good. And the broth was nice. The ceiling of the dining room is worth a look, but sadly the rest of the property fails to justify the entrance fee?
I suggest an alternative trip, go to Ardclach Bell Tower and Logie Steading, both nearby and more fun for adults and kids alike.

Visited April 2012
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Emsworth, United Kingdom
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“Excellent tour and lunch”
Reviewed August 12, 2012

Went to Brodie castle again today and had a lovely visit as usual. There was a classic car event on so the castle was just running guided tours. We had a brilliant chap called Tony who was very knowledgable and added bits of info that we hadnt heard before. We also had lunch in the tea room, excellent staff and the food was really tasty. If you just wanted a quick cup of something there is also outside seating and a tea/cake bar around the back. Certainly well worth a visit.

Visited August 2012
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