Brodick Castle, Garden and Country Park
Brodick Castle, its gardens and country park stretch from the shore to the highest peak on Arran. Crossing from the mainland, the journey alone is memorable with spectacular views of Goatfell from the ferry.
The castle, ancient seat of the Dukes of Hamilton, was the home of the Duke and Duchess of Montrose until 1957. Imagine what it must have been like to live in this fantastic location, surrounded by fine paintings, antique furniture and precious objects, all of which you can still see today. If you hear any mysterious sounds during your visit – don’t be alarmed. It could be one of the many ghosts who’ve reputedly shared the castle with the owners over its 800-year history.
At any time of year the gardens are well worth a visit, though especially in spring when the famous collections of rhododendrons burst into full bloom. To make the most of your visit, and pick up a few gardening tips along the way, join one of the estate’s gardeners for a guided walk.
Still in the mood for walking? Then venture out into the country park and discover wildflower meadows where Highland cows graze, woodland trails and tumbling waterfalls. Our trail guides can help you find hidden treasures such as the old carriageways and summerhouses of the Victorian age. And you can find out more about the park’s wildlife at the Countryside Centre. There’s also an exciting adventure playground for the kids to let off steam! Finally, after so much activity, stop to recharge your batteries at Brodick’s coffee house or restaurant.
Castle and ‘associated chattels’ accepted in lieu of estate duty by the Commissioners of Inland Revenue in 1958, and in turn accepted by the Trust at the request of the Treasury. The gardens and policies form a Country Park managed by the Trust on behalf of a joint committee representing North Ayrshire Council and the NTS