National Trust for Scotland has announced plans to 'radically transform' the visitor experience at Brodie Castle, with extra provision for visitors within the castle and its grounds. Read our travel feature on top ten historic attractions within an hour of Edinburgh.
The castle, near Fores in Morayshire, is to be the subject of £2.8 million of investment as one of the Trust’s ‘priority properties’, which collectively will attract tens, if not hundreds, of thousands more visitors.
Visitors frequently comment that Brodie ‘is all about the family’ and that observation is at the heart of Brodie’s transformation. To celebrate that, a ‘Garden of Playfulness’ (plans show above) will be created to appeal to families. Inspiration has been drawn from the story of the castle as well as the Brodie family history
, most notably the connections between the late Ninian Brodie, the 25th
Brodie of Brodie, with the acting profession on stage and screen.
A visitor pavilion will be constructed at the entrance to the new garden, which will be located within the existing walled garden, and this will include high quality catering facilities and an indoor play area, as well as space for exhibitions and events that will be available for hire. The Garden will also host Ian Brodie’s remarkable National Daffodil Collection.
Alongside the extensive landscaping and features to create the new garden, there will also be 'significant changes' to the supporting infrastructure to accommodate more visitors, provide more parking and to create a new catering kitchen to prepare food using locally-sourced ingredients. If planning permission is granted, work will commence to ensure the new features are open to the public next year.
CREATING A NEW VISITOR EXPERIENCE
Simon Skinner, chief executive for National Trust for Scotland, said: 'We are creating nothing less than one of Scotland’s most significant heritage attractions in the heart of Morayshire.
'Brodie castle is packed with historical and architectural importance, and we are building upon its colourful story to create features that will offer a fantastic visitor experience. Families will come away having learned a great deal about Brodie but will also have fun in doing so.
'We expect Brodie Castle and its Garden of Playfulness to be a great boost for the local economy, attracting many more visitors and offering the regional community a wonderful place to enjoy on their doorstep.'
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