During my first week as an assistant tour guide, I joined Gordon on an Invergordon Shore Tour from The Caribbean Princess. As a local I greatly enjoyed being a tourist for the day, having the opportunity to see some fantastic sights including Brodie Castle, Clava Cairns, Culloden Battlefield and the beautiful scenery around the famous Loch Ness.
The first stop on the tour was Brodie Castle – one of the highlights of the day. As it lies just out of the Highlands in Morayshire, it is off the well- beaten cruise liner trail. This was fantastic as we had the whole castle to ourselves!
Our two guides, who were National Trust for Scotland volunteers, showcased their great passion for the castle’s history by revealing expert knowledge on the Brodie family. They navigated the beautifully restored rooms, passageways and the 16th century tower, highlighting what everyday life was really like for one of Scotland’s oldest clans.
If you are an art enthusiast then will appreciate the Brodie family’s impressive array of paintings; from 17th century Dutch art to 19th century English water colours, and including work from famed Scottish artists such as S. J Peploe. As well as having an extensive art collection there are many antiques to admire, from stunning Chinese porcelain to fine French furniture. After the tour there was time to wander around the secluded walled gardens and appreciate the impressive castle exterior.
Brodie Castle certainly gives its visitors an authentic flavour of a traditional Scottish castle in a relaxed and peaceful setting. Many on the tour mentioned how much they enjoyed visiting this unique sight away from the bustling crowds. (In fact they opened the doors early just for us!) What’s more they thoroughly enjoyed having a personal tour from guides who were clearly passionate and enthusiastic about the castle’s family and history.
Brodie Castle was just the first stop! As we got back on the bus everyone looked forward to seeing what else WOW Scotland had in store during this jam-packed and varied tour of the Scottish Highlands.
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This article was written by Eilidh Ramsay, Marketing/Assistant Tour Guide at WOW Scotland.