COVID-19 and Forestry and Land Scotland
FLS has reduced its operations to felling that is contributing to essential business requirements to help keep Scotland ticking over. Our staff are working from home where possible; staff who are working continue to practise social distancing rigorously following Government and NHS guidance to keep safe.
Fresh air and being outdoors benefits physical and mental health and well-being, and for local visitors the majority of walking trails on Scotland’s national forests and land remain open. Be aware that staff cannot maintain our standard checks and maintenance. All our mountain biking trails and all car parks are closed.
All visitors are reminded to maintain social distance at all times.
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.
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.
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.
Nearest postcode: KA27 8DE
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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