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Scottish Gaelic: Breadhaig/Tràigh a' Chaisteil
PS Waverley off Brodick castle 1989.jpg
The Paddle Steamer Waverley lies in Brodick Bay in front of Brodick Castle.
Brodick is located in North Ayrshire
 Brodick shown within North Ayrshire
Population 621 (2001 census)[1]
   – density  6.54 (persons per hectare)[2]
OS grid reference NS014358
   – Edinburgh  96 miles 
   – London  443 miles 
Civil parish Kilbride[3]
Council area North Ayrshire
Lieutenancy area Ayrshire and Arran
Country Scotland
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town BRODICK
Postcode district KA27
Dialling code 01770
Police Scottish
Fire Scottish
Ambulance Scottish
EU Parliament Scotland
UK Parliament North Ayrshire and Arran
Scottish Parliament Cunninghame North
Website North Ayrshire
List of places

Coordinates: 55°34′34″N 5°09′04″W / 55.576°N 5.151°W / 55.576; -5.151

Brodick (Scottish Gaelic: Breadhaig or Tràigh a' Chaisteil ("Castle Beach")) is the main settlement on the Isle of Arran,[4] in the Firth of Clyde, Scotland. It is halfway along the east coast of the island, in Brodick Bay below Goat Fell, the tallest mountain on Arran. The name is derived from Norse roots meaning "Broad Bay".

The harbour receives the main ferry between Arran and the mainland via Ardrossan. Brodick Castle is a former residence of the Dukes of Hamilton.


Brodick has the Isle of Arran's main ferry terminus which connects Brodick to Ardrossan on the mainland and thence the national rail network. The ferries are operated by Caledonian MacBrayne. MV Caledonian Isles plies this route year-round, with MV Isle of Arran providing additional sailings during the summer. The crossing generally takes less than 1 hour. The route is one of the busiest crossings on the CalMac network, and dolphins and basking sharks can often be spotted en route. A second, smaller ferry - MV Catriona - sails from Lochranza to Claonaig on the Kintyre peninsula from March to October.


Brodick is a popular holiday destination and a base for hill-walking. Tourism provides much of the village's economic base. There are many family-owned and independent businesses, such as hotels, restaurants, shops, bed and breakfast establishments, guest houses and outdoor activities. There are a brewery, a sports and leisure complex and an 18-hole golf course.

Brodick Castle[edit]

Brodick Castle

Brodick Castle was previously a seat of the Dukes of Hamilton, but is now owned by the National Trust for Scotland.


  1. ^ "Comparative Population Profile: Brodick Locality". Scotland's Census Results Online. 29 April 2001. Retrieved 1 May 2011. 
  2. ^ "Population - North Ayrshire Settlements" (PDF). Ayrshire JSU. 2001. Retrieved 1 May 2011. 
  3. ^ "Kilbride, Buteshire". GENUKI. 16 November 2010. Archived from the original on 6 November 2010. Retrieved 1 May 2011. 
  4. ^ "Brodick". VisitScotland. Retrieved 1 May 2011. 

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