Brodie Castle: 10 Reasons To Choose This Scottish Wedding Venue
Brodie Castle, the ancestral home of Clan Brodie, is now open to the public and can be used as a wedding venue.
Now under the care of the National Trust for Scotland, members of the Brodie family lived at the castle right up until 2003.
So how does this place compare to other country wedding venues in Scotland?
Well after some careful research, a full tour of the property, and discussions with the NTS, I think I am in a good position to answer that question?
Let’s take a closer look at what a Brodie Castle wedding would be like.
Brodie Castle Location
Located only 24 miles from Inverness, Brodie Castle enjoys both the beautiful Scottish countryside and close proximity to the sea.
The setting is one of relaxed isolation, and yet coach journeys from Inverness are short and pleasant.
Forres is also only 5 miles away, and has a good selection of hotels suitable for your guests.
The estate has plenty of parking for cars and coaches too.
If you are looking for wedding venues in Moray, then this one is definitely worth your consideration.
Brodie Castle Setting
As mentioned earlier, Brodie Castle is open to the public.
However the castle itself is only open at certain times of the year, for guided tours.
This should mean that you get exclusive use of the property for your wedding.
No tourists getting in the way.
The grounds are open all year round, but with so much space, there’s plenty of room for everyone.
Brodie Castle History
The age of the Brodie Clan is uncertain, as the castle was set alight in 1645, and most of the records were burnt.
However it is thought that they are of Pictish descent, with their lands granted to them by Robert the Bruce in 1311.
The family certainly made a name for themselves, getting involved in clan conflicts in the 15th and 16th centuries, the wars of the three kingdoms, and the Jacobite uprisings.
Brodie Castle itself was built in 1567, and each successive generation either added to the building or its contents.
It makes for a very interesting place to host your wedding.
Brodie Castle truly is an iconic, rose coloured stone, Scottish tower house.
The charming interconnected public rooms, will allow your guests to roam freely throughout the castle.
Around every corner they will find, antique French furniture, Chinese porcelain ceramics, and 17th century Dutch art.
Be sure to look up and admire the intricate plasterwork on the ceilings.
For the book lover, there is also a 6000 volume library.
It really is a unique place for both ceremonies and receptions.
Brodie Castle Accommodation
Fancy living like a Laird for your wedding weekend?
Well this is a real possibility at Brodie Castle.
There is a spacious and luxurious, seven bedroom apartment, located in the Lairds wing.
This would be ideal for the wedding party, and a real treat to stay the night at the castle.
Further accommodation is also available in the Cormack Lodge, and the South Lodge.
These are two self catering cottages on the estate, which can sleep up to 8 guests.
Brodie Castle Ceremony
As you can imagine, given the size of Brodie Castle, there are a few options for your ceremony.
The bright and spacious Drawing Room, with its stunning views over the parkland, is an excellent choice for up to 60 guests.
The Brodie family library is also a possibility.
A short stroll from the castle, is the converted Stable Block.
This is a pretty little building, and can also accommodate up to 60 guests.
Civil, religious, and humanist ceremonies are all welcome.
Brodie Castle Reception
If your reception is small, you could make use of the oak panelled Dining Room for dinner.
Feast as generations of Laird’s did, with up to 20 of your closest family and friends.
Looking for something larger, then the Drawing Room with its capacity for 40 people, is also a possibility.
Finally the converted Stable Block can comfortably host up to 56 guests, for dinner and dancing.
And if none of that takes your fancy, a marquee on the lawn is another option.
You can link the marquee to the Library, by means of a covered walkway, so your guests can still enjoy the castle.
Brodie Castle Grounds
The grounds at Brodie Castle are extensive.
Nearly 70 hectares of peaceful parkland to enjoy and explore.
There’s a large pond, walled garden, and woodland walks through nature trails.
If you are interested in wildlife, then look out for the red squirrels and woodpeckers.
There is also a new adventure playground located behind the castle.
Most of this is not particularly important for a wedding day, but perfect for the inevitable return visit.
It’s also nice to know your guests can enjoy some fresh air and beautiful scenery, assuming the sun is shining.
Brodie Castle Photographs
I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again; always take into account your photographs, when considering a wedding venue.
Even the most experienced professional photographers, will struggle to get great images, if the conditions are not right.
You really want beautiful gardens and picturesque backdrops, plus light an airy indoor spaces, as a bad weather back up.
Fortunately the extensive grounds at Brodie Castle offer plenty of outdoor photo opportunities.
Especially during spring and summer, when over 400 varieties of daffodils are in bloom.
There are some excellent indoor options too.
Brodie Castle Wedding Prices
For accurate Brodie Castle wedding prices, you should contact the venue directly.
Their wedding packages can be tailored to meet your specific needs.
However to give you an approximate Brodie Castle wedding cost:
- Laird’s Wing + Cormack Lodge + South Lodge (sleeps 22), price £2,095 for 3 nights.
- Brodie Castle (ceremony & drinks reception), price £1,600.
- Stables (ceremony & drinks reception), price £800.
- Brodie Castle (ceremony & reception), price £2,800.
- Stables (ceremony & reception), price £2,300.
- Lawn Hire (marquee), price £2,000 (marquee not included).
- Marquee (seats 150+), prices from £4,560.
- Wedding Breakfast, prices from £54 per person.
- Drinks Package, prices from £15 per person.
The prices above are for a summer weekend.
Winter and midweek weddings could cost less.
Brodie Castle Conclusion
So those are my 10 reasons you should consider Brodie Castle as your wedding venue.
Of course everybody has different tastes and opinions.
However if you are looking for your own private castle, complete with accommodation, intriguing Scottish history, and stunning gardens and grounds; then Brodie Castle just might be the place for you.
Whilst you are here, you should take a look at some of the other wedding venues in Scotland, featured on White Rose.
You can also find Brodie Castle’s website here.
Good luck with your wedding planning.