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Brodick Castle, Isle of Arran

Brodick Castle’s history can be traced back as far as the Vikings. The setting is staggering – fronted by the sea, surrounded by beautiful gardens, surrounded by hills and overlooked by the majestic mountain of Goatfell.

Inside, the castle is a treasure house of fine paintings, antique furniture and precious objects, all of which you can see. The castle is in the care of the National Trust for Scotland, and there is an admission charge for the gardens and the castle.

The gardens are well worth a visit, especially in spring when the internationally acclaimed rhododendron collection is in full bloom. Venture out into the country park and discover wildflower meadows where Highland cows graze, woodland trails and tumbling waterfalls. The property has native woodlands with a superb network of trails.

For more information see: www.nts.org.uk