Brodick Castle

Brodick Castle from the ferry

Brodick Castle on the Isle of Arran information, history and large images.

Brodick Castle is situated about 2 miles north of Brodick on the Isle of Arran with regular buses between the two in summer.

An ancient Irish tribe is believed to have built the first fortified building on this site in the 5th Century. That building was probably rebuilt many times over the years.

The original castle, and Earldom of Arran, were granted by James IV to his cousin Lord Hamilton in 1503. The castle from that time was extended in 1544, with work on the tower begining in 1588 for the second Earl of Arran.

The castle was occupied by Cromwellian troops after the first Duke was executed during the Civil War in 1648, and the second died in battle three years later.

Brodick Castle eventually passed into the hands of Mary, Duchess of Montrose (daughter of the 12th Duke of Hamilton). Her death in 1957, saw the castle taken over by the National Trust for Scotland. Brodick Castle grounds are now open all year round from 09.00 till sunset, castle tours are available throughout the summer.

The gardens are typical of many Scottish country house estates, with large trees and plants imported from the 1800s. There is a kids play area by the castle, and a Bavarian summerhouse in the woodlands.

You can also hike Goat Fell mountain from Brodick Castle, as there is a trail from up behind the kids play area that takes you onto the main mountain trail. Goat Fell Photo Tour.

View a large image showing images of the castle as it was re-modeled over the centuries, and its history: Large Image.

For the National Trust website for information on entrance prices, visit: www.nts.org.uk/Property/Brodick-Castle

For the other main attractions around the island, view the Arran Attractions Map or Tour of Arran.

Castle from the gardens

Brodick Castle from the gardens. Large Image

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Castle first view
Brodick Castle first view Large

Brodick Castle front
Brodick Castle front Large

Castle interior
Brodick Castle interior

Castle sundial Brodick Castle sundial Large

Bavarian Summerhouse
Bavarian Summerhouse Large

Entrance
Brodick Castle entrance Large

Brodick Castle side
Brodick Castle side Large Image

 

teeroom
Brodick Castle teeroom Large

kids play
Brodick Castle kids play Large

Castle staircase
Brodick Castle staircase