Daffodils in front of Brodie Castle in springtime
The Highlands

Brodie Castle & Estate

Getting here

Brodie Castle is off the A96, 3 miles east of Forres.
Address Brodie Castle & Estate Forres Moray IV36 2TE

Brodie Castle is 6 miles east of Nairn and 20 miles east of Inverness.

By car

The main driveway onto the estate is accessed directly from the A96 and leads to the main car park.
There is also a dedicated Blue Badge car park approximately 70 metres from the front door of the castle.

By bus

The Stagecoach bus stops in Brodie village. From the bus stop, it is approximately half a mile’s walk, either along the exit drive or the signposted footpath along an uneven grass path. If using the exit drive, please be aware of oncoming vehicles.

Contact information

Telephone: 01309 641700

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Opening times


Guided tours take place at 10am, 11.30am, 2pm and 3.30pm during opening hours.

Current period 1 Mar–27 Oct, Wed–Sun, guided tours only 28 Oct–28 Feb 2025, open for events only
Castle Café

Current period 3 Jan–27 Oct, Wed–Sun, 10.00–16.00
Playful Garden

Current period 1 Mar–27 Oct, Wed–Sun, 10.00–16.00 28 Oct–28 Feb 2025, closed

Current period 1 Jan–31 Dec, open daily

Entry prices

One adult family
Young Scot
Playful Garden (to celebrate our 5th anniversary of being open to the public, we’re giving free access to this joyful space this year)
One adult family
Car parking
Car park

Members go free

At all Trust places, admission is free for members.

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Planning your visit

Advance booking for castle tours

Tours are led by one of our knowledgable guides, taking in the main rooms of the castle and covering the history of the Brodie family. The tour lasts for one hour. Please arrive at the Welcome Centre at least 10 minutes in advance of your tour.

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New for 2024: Ivory exhibition

Over several generations, the Brodie family had associations with British India, the British East India Company and the Far East. A new exhibition – Money Can’t Own Ivory, Only Elephants Can – traces the family’s time in India and focuses on its collection of ivory objects.

The exhibition also touches on wider issues around the ivory trade and the conservation of elephants. It has been developed with the support of Conservation Scientist Molly Brown, a PhD researcher at the University of York, Leverhulme Centre for Anthropocene Biodiversity.

You can visit the exhibition on a special tour on selected dates. Tours are led by one of our trained guides, taking in the main rooms of Brodie Castle and covering the history of the Brodie family. The tour lasts for around 55 minutes.

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Please note that there is a one-way system around the estate.

Please see our drop-down Facilities below for helpful information about planning your visit. For more information about planning your visit, please see our frequently asked questions.

Facilities & access

We have an ongoing programme of accessible content development.

We have created a detailed Accessibility Guide for Brodie Castle & Estate to assist with your visit.

We’d love you to visit the Euan’s Guide website to review the accessibility of Trust places and tell us (and others) what’s good and where we need to do better.

3G/4G coverage
  • Disabled parking bays are situated in the middle car park (for the Playful Garden) as well as at the side of the castle.
  • Disabled passengers can be dropped off at the front door of the castle.

There are accessible toilets.

Baby changing
Bike facilities

There’s no buggy access within the castle, only at the Playful Garden.

The Playful Café serves hot and cold refreshments, a selection of bakes, soup, sandwiches and ice cream during our opening hours.

The Castle café is also open during advertised hours.

Children’s activities
Coach parking

Dogs are welcome on the estate. Dogs are also welcome in the Playful Garden but we ask that they are kept on a short lead. Assistance dogs only please in the castle.

There’s one 22kW electric car charging post in the car park.

Our fantastic guides will take you around the castle, telling you the stories of the Brodies of Brodie who lived in the castle. Tours last around 1 hour.


Cormack’s Lodge (sleeps 2/3). This romantic rural cottage is tucked away down a narrow road, a short walk from the castle. During the day, wander round the castle grounds then while away evenings in front of the wood-burning stove. The dining room has views of the estate and the cottage has its own private garden, perfect for alfresco breakfasts and impromptu picnics.

South Lodge (sleeps 4). South Lodge lies close to the castle and is secluded and perfect for families with children. A large garden for impromptu picnics and a warm wood-burning stove in the sitting room make this a great retreat at any time of year.

Garden House (sleeps 6). This magnificent detached cottage is set over two storeys and makes an idyllic, pet-friendly setting for a family getaway. Set on an estate with a rich history, you’ll enjoy easy access to the 16th-century Brodie Castle as well as the beaches of Findhorn and Nairn. Prepare for the day and head out to the Playful Garden through your garden gate, where you’ll find Scotland’s biggest bunny sculpture and the National Daffodil Collection, the perfect way to immerse yourself in nature right on your doorstep.

Laird’s Wing (sleeps 14). Fine art, antique furniture and centuries of history make this huge apartment a splendid place to celebrate family occasions or spoil your visiting guests. The late Ninian Brodie lived here until 2003, and it has all the comforts of a luxury modern home, while being spread across three floors of the magnificent turreted castle. When not enjoying the grand dining room or games room, guests can play croquet in the castle grounds or wander through acres of nature trails, spotting swans, ducks and red squirrels. There’s no better place to experience the life of a contemporary laird.

Booking a holiday with the National Trust for Scotland helps us to protect these places, now and for the future.

Large-print information sheets are available.

Parking is free for members and £5 for non-members.

Visitors are welcome to bring their own food into the Playful Garden or the grounds. Picnic benches are available in the Playful Garden and at the back of the castle.

See our Playful Garden highlight page for more information.

Both Brodie Castle and the Playful Garden have gift shops, selling bespoke and local gifts and crafts.

Toilets will be available during opening hours.

There are walks all around the estate, the pond and the shrubbery that are accessible and free to all.

Rodney’s Stone, an 8th-century Pictish monument, is situated on the castle entrance drive and is accessible on foot from the car park.

  • The Playful Garden is fully accessible.
  • The ground floor of the castle is accessible with assistance and chairs are available in most rooms.
  • The path around the pond and the woodland paths are suitable for wheelchairs and mobility scooters.
  • A manual wheelchair is available (pre-bookable).