Brodie Castle gardeners shine a light on shrubbery as nights draw in

The Shrubbery at Brodie Castle is being transformed from a horticultural mix of plants and trees in the daytime into a multi-coloured light show as darkness falls.

Brodie Illuminated is a six-week event that will take visitors along lit pathways through the 19th-century shrubbery, showing its stunning plant collection in a whole new light.

The ticketed event starts on 4 November and runs each Wednesday and Friday until 18 December, and promised to be an ‘illuminating experience’ for the whole family.

The Shrubbery was originally planted to screen the working areas of the garden from the castle, like the walled garden and bothy. In the mid-19th century it was quite a formal area, but by the early 20th century it became an informal mix of trees, conifers, and shrubs. And it is in this area of the Brodie estate that we are introducing an exciting new experience and perspective this winter!

The visual experience of a walk around the Shrubbery during the daytime is a wealth of beautiful vegetation but often it can be difficult to appreciate individual plants. At night, careful application of small amounts of light gives us the chance to reveal these plants in a way that is impossible during the day.  We hope this newly created experience will inspire visitors to look more closely at the fantastic range and diversity of foliage, flowers, colours, shapes, and sizes of plants within the Shrubbery.

Developed by the gardening team, the light shows will run (Wednesdays and Fridays) from Wednesday 4 November to Friday 18 December from 15.30 until 20.30 with the last tour being at 19.00. Add to the visual experiences by finishing the tour with warming and welcoming refreshments, including delicious hot chocolate, from our Castle Cafe for a truly memorable visit.

Tickets can be booked at

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