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Brodick Castle

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Brodick Castle Forest Notices

COVID-19 has changed lots of things we do. And as we re-open the majority of our facilities and welcome more of you back in Phase 3, we need your help to do it safely. Please check what’s open before you travel; enjoy your visit safely by following NHS and Scottish Government guidance; take your litter home with you; and follow the Scottish Outdoor Access Code.

At this location:

  • The car park is open and normal charges (if any) now apply.

Please bear with us and check back regularly for updates. You can also find more information by visiting our COVID-19 page and our FAQs.

Explore the castle grounds and forests with views over Brodick Bay

There's a rich variety of walks and bike trails in the forests around Brodick Castle, from a picturesque gorge to easy forest roads. The hill path to Goatfell starts from here too, emerging from the shelter of the forest into open, rugged mountain country.


Brodick Castle’s beautiful grounds are very popular with visitors and islanders. The Castle and Gardens are owned by the National Trust for Scotland, while the surrounding forests are looked after by Forestry Commission Scotland. Together they manage over 10 miles (16 km) of trails through gorgeous mixed woodland and forest, with sparkling views over Brodick Bay.

All the trails are accessible from Cladach car park. Use the NTS trail map for guidance and begin by following the Goatfell forest trail out of the car park.

National Trust for Scotland's Brodick trail map

Climbing Goatfell

A popular route to Goatfell starts at Cladach car park and follows a forest trail to the lower slopes of this amazing mountain.

Stay safe on the hill. Goatfell isn't as big as Ben Nevis, but it still feels like a proper mountain – especially on the exposed summit. So dress warmly and carry a map, compass, torch, waterproofs and spare food, even if the weather looks fine. Some people may find the last 200 metres steep and tricky.

Facilities & access


There are toilets and places to eat in Brodick and also at Brodick Castle itself. 

Getting here

Travel by ferry from Ardrossan in North Ayrshire to Brodick. Turn right out of the ferry terminal and head north on the A841. Cladach car park is on your right, 2 miles (3.2 km) from the ferry terminal, at grid reference NS 012 376.

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Nearest postcode: KA27 8DE

Public transport

There's a bus stop (Gardener's Cottage) on the A841 close to Cladach car park. You'll find information on routes and timetables at Traveline Scotland.

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