We spent nine whole, beautiful, glorious days on the Isle of Arran.  Each day filled with the exploration of new and exciting things.  One stop we made was to Brodick Castle.  Luckily for us, it wouldn’t be our last trip to a castle.

Brodick Castle is located in a stunning place on the isle.  It overlooks Brodick Bay while the slopes of Goatfell landscape the background. 

Walking up to the castle, we came upon a garden.  It was “a west coast garden on the east coast of Arran”.  According to the storyboard, this garden is the work of the Duchess of Montrose in the 1920s.  The Duchess brought many ornamental plants to Brodick, such as the towering rhododendrons and magnolias. 

Once inside the castle, we were required to put up our recording devices because there are no cameras allowed, a disappointing rule that halted us several times on our trip.

If you are expecting, say for instance, dragons and skulls, you are probably over fantasizing the castle-ness.  It was actually occupied by Mary, The Duchess of Montrose until her death in 1957.  It has since been owned by the National Trust for Scotland.

The décor of the castle was very Victorian.  There were crystal chandeliers, 18th century Scottish leather, a silver collection, brass beds (which I learned were used because they had less bugs than wooden beds) and the Hamilton coats of arms on the ceilings. There were so many brass and silver antiques, it would make a haven for collectors and theives. It was a very grand atmosphere.  A person may feel like royalty simply by being there.  

In the sitting room, there was a portrait of King George VI.  He was the king portrayed in the film, The King’s Speech.

There was a butler’s pantry, servant’s hall, cellar, wine cellar, a scullery, which is a room for washing dishes and laundering clothes, and a milkhouse and coalhouse. 

It was pretty amazing.    - Dameena Cox   


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