The beautiful Brodie castle is a must visit when exploring the Moray area. The 16th– century castle has something for everyone – history, a wonderful art collection, beautiful gardens and a nature trail.
Brodie Castle was home to the Brodie clan for over 400 years, originally being built by the clan themselves in 1567. Upon visiting the beautiful rose coloured building you can see how it has been shaped by history, with the original 1500s architecture having 17th century and Victorian additions.
When you have finished taking in the outside of the building, you can then venture inside to experience a unique insight into the past. Stepping inside the castle is like stepping back in time, with priceless art work, antiques and other quirky historic artefacts. The art gallery contains beautiful work from many artists, varying from Dutch Old Masters to modern watercolours.
On the outside, Brodie Castle is surrounded by beautiful gardens spanning over 71 hectares of ground. The beautiful gardens boast incredible displays of a variety of flowers in the springtime, including bright blooming daffodils. These gardens are great for a relaxing walk and for breathing in the tranquil surroundings.
There is also an adventure playground for the children, as well as a natural trail with observation hides for catching a glimpse of wildlife. Therefore, there is something for the whole family!
The history at Brodie Castle doesn’t stop at the building itself – there is also a Pictish monument located on the close as you approach the castle. Known as ‘Rodney’s Stone’, the two-metre high stone slab has some beautiful images carved into it.
Originally found in the grounds of the old church of Dyke and Moy, the stone has a large cross on one side and intricate engravings on the other, including two fish monsters, a “Pictish Beast”, a double disc and z-rod.
The castle is also located near Macbeth’s Hillock, where it is claimed that the hero of the Shakespearean tale had his encounter with the Weird Sisters.
The castle and estate’s opening times vary per season, right now in June Brodie Castle is open from 10am to 5pm daily, but from July until the end of August it will have extended hours of 9:30am until 6pm.
Ticket prices are: £11 for an adult, £35 for a family, £29 for a family with one adult, £9.50 for concessions and £6.50 for children. For more information about ticket prices, visit the Brodie Castle website.
Brodie Castle is only a 20 minute drive from Carden Cottages.