Brodick Bay, Arran

Brodick Bay, Arran, Scotland 

This evening, I am focusing on Brodick, principal town on the Isle of Arran. The name ‘Brodick’ is derived form the Old Norse for Broad Bay and points to the period up to the mid 13th century when large tracts of the West of Scotland were under Norwegian control.
Arran is often called ‘Scotland in Miniature’ and attracts large numbers of visitors who arrive at Brodick via a short ferry ride from Ardrossan on the mainland, in turn relatively close to Glasgow. The key attractions and facilities at/near Brodick include:
  • Scenic bay.
  • Shopping: the widest range of shops on Arran.
  • Brodick Castle: dates from the 13th century and together with extensive grounds is open to visitors.
  • Goat Fell: a mountain which dominates the local scenery. This is accessible to most hikers. The named derives from the Old Norse for ‘goat hill’. The rugged peak shown in image above is a function of frost shattering during the last ice-age when Goat Fell and some other peaks on Arran remained above the ice sheets.
  • A wide range of lodgings including hotels, B&Bs and Guest Houses.
  • Golf: an 18 hole links course.
  • Some well preserved examples of prehistoric rock art.
  • Arran Heritage Museum featuring social history, genealogy, archaeology, archives, Viking heritage and geology.
  • Beach.
  • Restaurants.

Here is a landscape view of Brodick Castle

Brodick Castle, Arran

Brodick Castle, Arran, Scotland.

Here is a close-up of Brodick Castle
Brodick Castle, Isle of Arran

Brodick Castle, Isle of Arran, Scotland. 

Here is the principal ferry linking Arran to the mainland.
Ardrossan-Arran Ferry, Brodick Bay

Ardrossan-Arran Ferry, Brodick Bay, Isle of Arran.

Brodick is a good location to use as a base for touring Arran.

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