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21 Oct 2020

The wonderful world of Brodie illuminated

Written by Jacky Brookes
A castle is lit up at night time, along with a large tree to the right hand side.
Beyond daylight hours, the castle and the shrubbery are transformed into a magical wonderland.
Brodie Castle is preparing to welcome visitors to the shrubbery beyond daylight hours, where we’ve created an exciting new feature – and it’ll be an illuminating experience!

‘Brodie Illuminated’ starts on 4 November and will run each Wednesday and Friday until 18 December. This bookable event will take visitors along illuminated pathways, highlighting individual plants that may go unseen during daylight hours and will show the shrubbery’s stunning plant collection in a whole new light. The light show will also colour the external walls of the castle, which will also be a memorable and magical experience!

The walls of a castle are coloured red as they are lit up at night time.

The shrubbery was originally planted to screen the working areas of the garden from Brodie Castle, like the walled garden and bothy. In the mid-19th century it was quite a formal area, but by the early 20th century it became an informal mix of trees, conifers and shrubs.

The visual experience of a walk around the shrubbery during the daytime is a wealth of beautiful vegetation, but often it can be difficult to appreciate individual plants. This winter, the careful application of small amounts of light at night gives us the chance to reveal these plants in a way that is impossible during the day, giving an exciting new perspective. We hope this newly created experience will inspire visitors to look more closely at the fantastic range and diversity of foliage, flowers, colours, shapes and sizes of plants in the shrubbery.

As well as the myriad of shrubs, trees and plants in this peaceful part of the estate, there’s also a new group of wood carvings, including a fun Dragon’s Egg Trail. All the carvings have been created by the skilful hand of First Gardener Jonathan, from estate-grown soft and hard wood from wind-damaged trees and areas of woodland management. They can now be experienced both in daylight and during this night time ‘illuminated’ experience.


Developed by the gardening team, the light shows will run on Wednesdays and Fridays from 4 November to 18 December, from 3.30–8.30pm with last entry at 7pm. For a truly memorable visit, finish your tour with warming refreshments, including our delicious hot chocolate, from the castle café.

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