Brodick Castle is a Victorian estate on the Isle of Arran off the west coast of Scotland. Set against the backdrop of Goatfell Mountain, the castle is made of red sandstone and built in a Scottish baronial style. The original tower house was destroyed but was later rebuilt and added to multiple times over the years. The castle today features 800 years of history, including collections of porcelain, silverware,paintings, sporting trophies and period furniture. The castle grounds include landscaped gardens, ponds, waterfalls and more than 10 miles of wooded trails, as well as three national collections of rhododendrons.
Brodick Castle is open daily from April 1 to October 31; from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. during the months of April and October and from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. during May, June, July, August and September. The last entrance is 30 minutes before closing time. The walled garden is open daily from March 27 to October 31, 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and on Saturdays and Sundays from November 1 to December 20, 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. The park is open all year round from 9:30 a.m. to sunset. Admission to the castle is 12.50 pounds for adults.
Caledonian MacBrayne runs a ferry service from Ardrossan to Brodick, which takes 55 minutes, and there is a connecting bus from the ferry port to the castle, about 2 miles away. An all-inclusive transport and admission ticket is available from Strathclyde Passenger Transport stations.