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Brodie Castle

Brodie, Forres IV36 2TE, United Kingdom

Brodie Castle

Brodie Castle. A National Trust for Scotland Property.

Brodie Castle.  This fine 16th-century tower house is packed with enough art and antiques to keep connoisseurs happy all day. The castle tells the fascinating story of the Brodie family.

Built in 1567 by the Brodies. It is widely accepted that the Brodies have been associated with the land and the castle since the 1160s, when it is said that King Malcolm IV gave the land to the family.

The castle has a central keep with two 5-storey towers on opposing corners. In common with other fortified homes of the time it has no castle wall. It has a guardroom and secret passages to help the occupants escape.

Brodie castle is known for its fine daffodil collection, and is owned by the National Trust for Scotland and open to tourists throughout the summer months.

Set in peaceful parkland, It contains fine French furniture; English, continental and Chinese porcelain; and a major collection of paintings, including 17th-century Dutch art, 19th-century English watercolours, and early 20th-century works. The magnificent library contains some 6,000 volumes. Brodie has unusual plaster ceilings.

There is a woodland walk with a large pond and a nature trail with access to wildlife observation hides.

An ancient Pictish monument known as Rodney's Stone can be seen in the castle grounds.

In springtime the grounds are carpeted with many varieties of daffodils for which Brodie Castle is rightly famous.

Grounds: Open all year, daily.

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