|Location Map ( geo)|
Brodick is the main ferry port on Arran, the largest of the Clyde Islands and often described as 'Scotland in miniature'. Lamlash, a few miles to the south is the larger village and Island Capital, with High School, Hospital and other services, but Brodick is home to the Supermarket, banks and other shops. The main part of the village lies along the southern shore of the curving Brodick Bay, with Brodick Castle on the north side of the bay. Above the castle is Goat Fell, the highest peak on Arran, and one of the hills which draw thousands of walkers to the island every year.
The main road on Arran is the A841. In the past, it made a full circuit of the island, but it was curtailed in the 2010s to just serve the more populous north and east coasts. After crossing the hill from Lamlash, it turns sharply by the ferry terminal and runs along the shore past the shops. It then runs further inland around the east side of the bay, where a golf course lines the coast, before returning to the coast near Brodick Castle. In the middle, it meets the only other classified road on the island, the B890, which crosses through the middle of the island to Blackwaterfoot on the west coast.
The main ferry service to Arran is the crossing from Ardrossan on the Ayrshire coast. This arrives at the pier in Brodick, and whilst in winter it is served by a single vessel, there are normally two ferries operating through the summer months. This also allows the seasonal sailing to Campbeltown on Kintyre, which operates a limited service over the weekend, sometimes calling at Brodick en route.
|NORTH, Auchrannie, Corrie Lochranza|
|SOUTH, Lamlash, Hospital, Whiting Bay|
|Ardrossan and the B780 in Ayrshire|
|Campbeltown and the A83 on Kintyre||very limited summer service|