Brodick Castle on
the Isle of Arran information, history and
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
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
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
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.
Brodick Castle from the gardens. Large Image