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Brodie Castle

Address: 4.5 miles west of Forres and 24 miles east of Inverness on the A96 main road.
Town: Brodie
County: Moray
Postcode: IV36 2TE
Telephone: 01309 641371
Fax: 01309 641600
Email: brodiecastle@nts.org
Website: http://www.nts.org.uk
Opening Times: Castle: 31 March to 30 Apr, daily 10.30-5; 1 May to 30 Jun, Sun-Thur 10.30-5; 1 Jul to 31 Aug, daily 10.30-5; 1 Sep to 31 Oct, Sun-Thur 10.30-5 (last tour starts 4.30) Tearoom and Shop: 31 March to 30 Apr, daily 11-4; 1 May to 30 Jun, Sun-Thur 11-4; 1 Jul to 31 Aug, daily 11-4; 1 Sep to 31 Oct, Sun-Thur 11-4 (last entry to tearoom 4) Grounds: all year, daily
Description
Brodie Castle is a fine example of a 16th Century fortified tower house.   It is situated 4.5 miles west of Forres on the A96 main road to Inverness, in a beautiful setting among peaceful parkland.

The castle was built in 1567 by the 12th Brodie of Brodie to a typical Z plan design of the times.  He built the castle on land bestowed upon the Brodie family by Malcolm IV in 1160 and the Brodie family continued to live there until the late 20th Century.   The castle and grounds are now held in trust for the nation by The National Trust for Scotland.

The original structure was damaged during an attack by Montrose's army in 1645 and was later rebuilt.   Other building works over the centuries include the addition of a west wing in the 17th Century and an east wing in the 19th Century, commissioned by William Brodie, 22nd Brodie.

The castle today contains fine French furniture; English, continental and Chinese porcelain and a major collection of paintings, including 17th century Dutch art, 19th century watercolours, Scottish colourists and early 20th century works.   There is also a magnificent library, containing around 6,000 volumes.
Other facilities include a shop and a tearoom in which you can be served with light snacks or light lunches.

The castle grounds are extensive, where you can walk through beautiful parkland or woodland walks.  You can stroll by the lake, observe wildlife or watch your children playing in the adventure playground.  There is also a picnic area and if you visit during the Spring, you will be treated to the sight of a unique collection of daffodils which carpets the grounds..

There are excellent parking facilities as well as toilets and provision for disabled access.