The Castles of Scotland by Martin Coventry | Goblinshead | A comprehensive guide to 4,100 castles, towers, historic houses, stately homes and family lands
The Castles of Scotland by Martin Coventry | Goblinshead | A comprehensive guide to 4,100 castles, towers, historic houses, stately homes and family lands
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Brodie Castle

Moray: About 4 miles west of Forres, on minor roads just north of A96, west of Muckle Burn, 0.5 miles south-west of Dyke, at Brodie Castle.

 

NTS   NH 980578   OS: 27   IV36 2TE

 

OPEN: Open Apr, daily 10.30-16.30; May-Jun and Sep-Oct, Sun-Thur 10.00-16.30; Jul-Aug, daily 10.30-17.00; last tour 60 mins before closing; grounds open all year, daily. Weddings and events. Accommodation in Laird’s Wing. Holiday cottage.
Tel: 01309 641371   Web: www.nts.org.uk 

Brodie Castle, a large and imposing medieval stronghold and later mansion, long held by the Brodie family and set in expansive gardens and grounds some miles from Forres in the Highlands in northern Scotland. Brodie Castle (© Martin Coventry)

A large and impressive building, Brodie Castle was mostly built in the 16th and 17th centuries, but may date in part from the 12th century, although this is disputed. The castle consists of a large 16th-century Z-plan tower house, with extensive additions, which was further enlarged in the 19th century by the architect William Burn.
  The old tower rises to four storeys and a garret within a corbelled-out parapet. A wide stair-turret, crowned by a conical roof, is corbelled out in the re-entrant angle.

Brodie Castle, a large and imposing medieval stronghold and later mansion, long held by the Brodie family and set in expansive gardens and grounds some miles from Forres in the Highlands in northern Scotland. Brodie Castle (© Martin Coventry)

The basement contains five vaulted chambers, including a kitchen with a great fireplace and bread oven. The only windows are slits and gunloops. The hall, on the first floor, is also vaulted. There is a fine library with some 6,000 books.
  ‘Brody Cast.’ is marked on Pont’s map of Nairn and Moray, and is depicted as a Z-plan tower in a courtyard and wooded policies.

Brodie Castle, a large and imposing medieval stronghold and later mansion, long held by the Brodie family and set in expansive gardens and grounds some miles from Forres in the Highlands in northern Scotland. Brodie Castle (MacGibbon and Ross)

The property was owned by the Brodies from 1160. It was burnt in 1645 by Lord Lewis Gordon, because the Brodies were Covenanters, although much of the internal work survived. It was damaged accidentally by fire in 1786. The house was renovated in 1980 after passing to The National Trust for Scotland.

Brodie Castle, a large and imposing medieval stronghold and later mansion, long held by the Brodie family and set in expansive gardens and grounds some miles from Forres in the Highlands in northern Scotland. Brodie Castle (old postcard)

The castle also has a ghost story, possibly regarding Lady Margaret Duff, who was the wife of James Brodie, the then chief. In 1786 she fell asleep in front of the fire and her clothes were set alight and she burned to death. The remains of a child were found when a turnpike stair was being renovated, and are on display in the Charter Room.

Brodie Castle, a large and imposing medieval stronghold and later mansion, long held by the Brodie family and set in expansive gardens and grounds some miles from Forres in the Highlands in northern Scotland. Brodie Castle (© Martin Coventry)

A fine Pictish cross-slab [NH 984577], known as Rodney’s Stone, stands on the avenue up to the castle, and was found in the burial ground of the old church of Dyke and Moy. A cast of the stone is on display in Inverness Museum and Art Gallery.

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