Photo: Christine Matthews

On the wonderfully wild island of Arran, Scotland, Brodick Castle has a history dating back as far as Viking times. Set against the dominating mountain of Goatfell and looking out towards the sea, it is easy to see why a fortress stands here, protecting the site since at least the fifth century from attacks and invasions.
What visitors can see today at Brodick castle is the result of years of expansion onto an earlier castle, following the year 1844, enriching and adding to the castles already colourful history. Visitors can see the castle dungeon, which was uncovered in 1977 during restoration works when a previously unknown staircase was discovered, leading to a room that had remained hidden and long forgotten. Hear chilling tales of the grey lady, and the ghostly figure of a man sometimes seen in the library.
Ownership of the castle has been passed through various hands prior to coming into the possession of the Hamilton family in 1503, and after a few battles and recaptures, remains the family home they made it. See the fantastic collection of exhibits on display, ranging from paintings, to sporting trophies, original furniture as well as 87 stags’ heads, all in their rightful home. Before leaving take a wander around the castle gardens and take in the beautiful scenery of Arran.

Brodick Castle, Isle of Arran, KA27 8HY
Tel: 0844 493 2152
Times: April-September, daily, 11am – 4.30pm
October, daily, 11am – 3.30pm