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
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
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
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
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
View a large image showing images of
the castle as it was re-modeled over the
centuries, and its history: Large
For the National Trust website for
information on entrance prices, visit:
For the other main attractions around
the island, view the Arran Attractions Map or
Brodick Castle from the gardens.