Brodick Castle, Isle of Arran

Brodick Castle, Isle of Arran, Scotland

 
This evening, I am focusing on Brodick Castle, Isle of Arran, Scotland which I visited earlier today.
 
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 a ice house.The outer environs comprise an a 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.
  • The castle was formerly the seat of the Dukes of Hamilton and latterly Duke of Montrose.
  • Passed to the National Trust for Scotland ( a heritage body) in 1958 under whose control it remains.
Brodick Castle, Isle of Arran

Brodick Castle, Isle of Arran, Scotland

 
A very popular visitor attraction on Arran and deserving of a visit.
Be Sociable, Share!