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Top Choice Brasserie in Brodick

Brodick Bar & Brasserie

This is one of Arran's most enjoyable eating experiences. The regularly changing blackboard menu brings modern French flair to a Brodick pub, with great presentation, efficient service and delicious flavour combinat…
Castle in Brodick

Brodick Castle

This elegant castle 2 miles north of Brodick evolved from 13th-century origins into a stately home and hunting lodge for the Dukes of Hamilton. You enter via the hunting gallery, wallpapered with deer heads. The res…
Workshop in Brodick

Arran Aromatics

Near Brodick Castle is this popular shop and visitor centre where you can purchase any number of scented items and watch the production line at work (it runs Monday to Thursday). There's also Soapworks (£6.50; 10am …
Cafe in Brodick

Wineport

Located 1.5 miles from Brodick, next to the Isle of Arran Brewery, whose ales are offered on tap, this summer-only cafe-bar has great outdoor tables for sunny days and does a nice line in pleasing pub-style fare, su…
Bistro in Brodick

Douglas

Attractive and with upbeat service, the Douglas offers cleanly presented meals to complement its magic view from near the ferry dock. The bar zone serves upmarket versions of classic sandwiches and meals, while the …
Museum in Brodick

Isle of Arran Heritage Museum

This museum has a varied collection of historical and ethnographic items, from prehistoric stone tools to farming implements. There's quite a bit to see across several heritage buildings, with good background on the…
Cafe in Brodick

Fiddlers' Music Bar

A likeable little place with a really cheerful vibe, Fiddlers' is run by local musicians and does an all-round job as pub, venue, cafe and bistro. It hosts live folk music every evening and there's a range of tasty …
Brewery in Brodick

Isle of Arran Brewery

This brewery, 1.5 miles from Brodick off the Lochranza road, produces the excellent Arran beers, which include the addictive Arran Dark. Tours run daily: call for times as they vary by season. They last about 45 min…
Cosmetics in Brodick

Arran Aromatics

A mile from Brodick on the Lochranza road, this is one of Scotland's more successful island businesses; its soaps, gels and perfumes are found nationwide. The shop smells particularly good.
Music in Brodick

Arran Folk Festival

A three-day festival with concerts and great atmosphere in Brodick. Free daytime sessions are usually in the Douglas hotel, with evening concerts (tickets around £20) in Brodick Hall.