A Ancient Castles in Arran
Brodick Castle and Country Park is unique in being the only island country park in Britain. The Castle offers 600 years of history, a fabulous collection of valuable artefacts, and stunning views over Brodick Bay to the Ayrshire Coast. The Castle Gardens provide an unrivalled experience from the formal walled garden to its woodland walks. Brodick holds three national collections of rhododendron that flower in almost every month of the year. The Park extends from seashore to mountain top with over ten miles of way-marked trails and abundant wildlife. With its backdrop of mountain peaks, its terraced lawns and luxuriant gardens, Brodick Castle and Country Park is the very image of a Victorian 'Highland' estate. Opening times: Castle: 1 Apr to 31 Oct, Sun-Thurs 11-4.00 (closes 3.00 in Oct). Country Park: all year, daily 9.30-sunset.
Isle of Arran
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The Isle of Arran the most southerly Scottish island and sits in the Firth of Clyde between Ayrshire and Kintyre. Arran is 19 miles long by 10 miles wide but has a remarkable diversity of landscapes and seascapes.The pretty villages on Arran's beautiful coastline are complemented by a rugged and mountainous interior in the north and green rolling hills and woodland in the south. From Ardrossan the ferry leaves to Arran which was inhabited by the Vikings for centuries but also has associations with the early Christians and abounds with stone circles, pictish carvings and burial cairns.