|Scottish Gaelic: Breadhaig/Tràigh a' Chaisteil|
The Paddle Steamer Waverley lies in Brodick Bay in front of Brodick Castle.
Brodick shown within North Ayrshire
|Population||621 (2001 census)|
|– density||6.54 (persons per hectare)|
|OS grid reference|
|– Edinburgh||96 miles|
|– London||443 miles|
|Council area||North Ayrshire|
|Lieutenancy area||Ayrshire and Arran|
|Sovereign state||United Kingdom|
|UK Parliament||North Ayrshire and Arran|
|Scottish Parliament||Cunninghame North|
Brodick (Scottish Gaelic: Breadhaig or Tràigh a' Chaisteil ("Castle Beach")) is the main settlement on the Isle of Arran, 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".
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.
- "Comparative Population Profile: Brodick Locality". Scotland's Census Results Online. 29 April 2001. Retrieved 1 May 2011.
- "Population - North Ayrshire Settlements" (PDF). Ayrshire JSU. 2001. Retrieved 1 May 2011.
- "Kilbride, Buteshire". GENUKI. 16 November 2010. Archived from the original on 6 November 2010. Retrieved 1 May 2011.
- "Brodick". VisitScotland. Retrieved 1 May 2011.
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