Discover the exquisite interior and treasures of the ancient seat of Clan Brodie.
Located near Forres in Moray, this grand castle was originally erected by Clan Brodie in 1567 and remained their ancestral seat until 1980 when the National Trust took over ownership. It underwent an extensive period of expansion and renovation during the 1830s and 40s which transformed this 16th century tower house in to the grand Scots Baronial-style mansion standing today.
Carefully restored by the National Trust, the castle’s rooms, passageway and towers are treasure troves of priceless antiques and unusual artifacts. Marvel at the magnificent vaulted guard house which retains the building’s original 16th century character, the splendid arched entrance hall and the library, the epitome of Victorian elegance.
Other highlights include the ornate plaster ceiling of the opulent drawing room and charming vintage toys in the in the day nursery. Light refreshment can be found in the tearoom on the ground floor of the 1800s wing with the Victorian kitchen just beyond it. A shop is located at the back of the castle and to the rear of the courtyard lies an octagonal dairy.
The 71 hectare estate boasts its own share of impressive features including dazzling displays of daffodils in springtime, an adventure playground, a natural trail with observation hides for watching wildlife, a walled garden and a Pictish monument known as ‘Rodney’s Stone.’ The castle is also located near a small hill known locally as ‘Macbeth’s Hillock’ where the Shakespearean hero is said to have encountered the Weird Sisters.
We do now have a large new adventure playground, opened one year ago, with play equipment from sand play and toddler swings for tinies to zip slide, mountain tower and board ride to cater for older children. There is also a large, newly created outdoor seating area immmediately opposite the play area where parents can enjoy snacks and drinks from the servery in the shop adjacent to this.
Last tour one hour before closing.