Brodick Castle

Brodick Castle

Route: Brodick Castle

Area: Scotland, Isle of Arran

Date of walk: 17th October 2021

Walkers: Andrew, Gilly and James

Distance:  3.0 miles

Ascent: 200 feet

Weather:  Cloud and drizzly

A glance out of the window this morning convinced us to abandon our planned walk in the hills – the landscape of Arran was covered by a carpet of thick clag. It was time for Plan B – a walk around the gardens of historic Brodick Castle, which we’d been keeping up our sleeves for a day such as this

The island castle has a long and interesting history and is now owned by the National Trust for Scotland (membership of the English National Trust extends here, which saved us an entry fee)

A map of the gardens is available at the entrance and we used it to navigate our way to the red squirrel hide. The island is an important stronghold for these endangered creatures as there’s no competition from greys, which carry a disease fatal to reds. As we entered the hide a red squirrel was feeding just a few feet away from us but it scampered away before I could take a decent photo

We left the hide for others to enjoy and set off around the waymarked Plant Hunters’ Trail – the gardens are home to hundreds of rare plants from all parts of the world brought here by the early explorers. We then entered into the oldest part of the garden, the Walled Garden, built in 1710. The views over Brodick Bay were obscured by thick fog, but the late flowering perennials put on a good show

After the garden walk, we visited the castle interior which I’d highly recommend for its historical interest. It had been a wonderful visit despite the adverse weather

Click on icon below for a map which shows the location of Brodick Castle – I’ve not suggested a route as it’s best to wander around and choose your own course, using the map provided at the entrance

Scroll down – or click on any photo to enlarge it and you can then view as a slideshow

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