Brodick is the largest village on the island, and offers visitors the best selection of services on Arran. Brodick is strung out along the landward side of the main road forming the village promenade. Here you will find shops, cafes and hotels. Brodick also home to the main ferry terminal and the tourist information centre which is located close to the ferry terminal.
The shore itself comprises a fairly narrow band of mixed grass, sand, rock and shingle looking out over Brodick Bay.
Magnificent views can be had in Brodick although most are dominated by the imposing stature of Goatfell, Arran's highest peak at 874m. You can see every inch of the mountain as it rises steadily from the sea to reach its classically sharp summit. Equally impressive is the view just west from Goatfell, to the lower jagged ridges and peaks surrounding Glen Rosa.
Brodick Castle is a tall stately building built from red sandstone, fronted by a Brodick bay, surrounded by gardens and overlooked Goatfell. The walled garden dating from 1710 has been restored as a Victorian garden. The country park has waymarked trails, woodlands, waterfalls, gorges, wildlife ponds, a nature room and wildlife garden.
Once the ancient seat of the Dukes of Hamilton, Brodick Castle houses a glorious collection of furniture, with some pieces dating as far back as the 17th century. The garden, created in 1923 by the Duchess of Montrose, has been lovingly restored and the grounds contain numerous paths offering great views of the island, and the chance of seeing red squirrels.
The beach, a wide sandy strip of ever-changing dunes, stretches across the mouth of Glen Rosa to the imposing Castle (owned by the National Trust for Scotland and a «must-see» on your visit).
A superb 18-hole golf course, attractive sports facilities, visitor centres and extensive shopping opportunities add to the appeal of this small village. Accommodation varies from group lodging to luxurious country houses set in landscaped gardens.
There is also a good variety of eating places. To the north, the peaks of Cir Mhor and Goatfell offer a wonderful backdrop to the village. These mountains (just less than 900 meters) are popular destinations for walkers and nature lovers of all ages and abilities.