Brodick Castle: An impressive visitor attraction on the Isle of Arran, Scotland
This evening, I am posting information on Brodick Castle on Isle of Arran. Latter is located off Scotland’s west coast and can be accessed by ferry from Ardrossan or Claonaig Bay on the mainland.
The name Brodick is derived from Old Norse and means ‘Broad Bay’.
This castle is first glimpsed on arrival by ferry from the mainland. Adjacent to the castle are stunning gardens comprising a formal walled garden, woodland walks, three national collections of rhododendron, a Bavarian summer-house and an ice house.
The outer environs comprise an extensive country park with abundant wildlife and which extends from sea-shore to top of nearby Goat Fell mountain (874m.) and includes over ten miles of hiking trails to explore.
The castle interior comprises a magnificent residence with fine paintings, antique furniture and the famous Beckford silver collection.
Here is a summary of the historical background:
Built on the site of a former Viking stronghold, the castle dates in part from the 13th century but was extended in 1652 by Oliver Cromwell.
Renovated and extended in 1844.
- Passed to the National Trust for Scotland (a heritage body) in 1958 under whose control it remains.
The castle was formerly the seat of the Dukes of Hamilton and latterly Duke of Montrose.