During the Easter holidays we visited the new Playful Garden at Brodie Castle. It had only recently opened and, as we holiday frequently in Moray, we were all excited to visit somewhere new in the area. As we have family membership for the National Trust of Scotland, it was free for us all to visit. If you are local to the area and could visit regularly, it would be worthwhile getting a family membership as it is pricey for non-members (I think it was £11 per adult and £3 per child).
For the littles, running through the tunnel to find sculptured unicorns, a castle (the highlight for Flora), an island with a wooden boat, and more, must be like running from pages of one storybook to another. The garden became a backdrop to their adventures with pirates and giants.
Isaac loved the giant table and chair, and likened it immediately to the BFG.
I remember walking here last year, in what was then the walled garden, and it is a peaceful place for little legs to explore. I particularly enjoyed the gentle sounds of the musical instruments as the backdrop to play.
And of course, there is the giant rabbit sculpture. Although not intended as a slide, most of the children spent a great deal of time sliding down head first either side of the rabbit (perhaps dress them in clothes you don’t mind getting covered in mud/grass!). And, as you can see, the garden is just as much fun for those big kids…
The National Trust for Scotland has a new campaign called For the Love of Scotland, which looks at some of the best-loved things about Scotland and how the Trust works to protect them. For me, it is Scotland’s history, beauty and island-dotted west coast that really pull at my heart strings. And what I love about the National Trust properties we’ve visited, from Inverewe Garden to J.M Barrie’s Birthplace to this new addition to Brodie Castle, is that they are wonderful places for little imaginations to run wild.
We were gifted our National Trust for Scotland family membership but I believe that the annual membership is great value for money and the opinions in this post are entirely my own. For £10 a month, you can have access to some beautiful buildings, gardens, castles and stately homes, with their lovely grounds and walks.