Brodie Castle, Moray – Clan Brodie
Home to the Brodies, one of Scotland’s most prominent families, Brodie Castle is a well preserved 16th-century castle located around halfway between the towns of Nairn and Forres.
In fact, while the majority of the castle dates back to the 1500s, there is also evidence that a small portion of the building might be around 400 years older, dating back to the 12th century when the Brodies first took control of the area.
This is, of course, not confirmed but it does help to illustrate the hold that the Brodies had over this part of Moray as they managed to keep control of the castle for so many years. The family did, however, suffer the ignominy of having the castle burnt in 1645 by Lord Lewis Gordon – after the Brodies supported the covenanting movement. Luckily, the majority of the castle’s internal architecture would survive this fire and the family continued to live within its walls until the beginning of the 21st century, controlling the land surrounding the castle for almost a millennium.
Today, Brodie Castle is controlled by the National Trust for Scotland and is open to public visiting throughout the year. As well as the stunningly preserved castle and gardens, visitors can also take a look at Rodney’s Stone, an ancient Pictish monument located within the building’s grounds. Standing at 6-feet high, it features a knotted cross and is even older than the castle itself, making it an attraction well worth visiting if you are in the area.