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23 Aug 2023

Conservation project on track at Brodick Castle

Written by Paul Williams
The front facade of Brodick Castle is covered by scaffolding, seen from the garden path below.
Scaffolding around Brodick Castle
A programme of conservation and maintenance work to protect Brodick Castle, and ensure its longevity for future generations to enjoy, is on schedule and expected to be complete by the end of September.

We started the programme of work on Brodick Castle in January this year to repair and restore its roof, windows, stonework, water, guttering and drainage. The work is being carried out by specialist skilled contractors and supports our goal to care for, protect and share Scotland’s natural and cultural heritage. We mapped out a nine-month programme of building work on the fabric of the building to help it withstand the effects of time, rain and climate change.

Some paths in the gardens have been closed to visitors while the work is ongoing, but we are working closely with our building contractors to minimise disruption.

A drone view of Brodick Castle, with scaffolding covering the front facade. Behind the castle rises the pyramid-shaped peak of Goat Fell, seen against a bright blue sky. The castle is surrounded by a green country park.
Specialist work has included roofing and stonework repairs, helping to protect the castle from the elements.

Sally Gandon, the National Trust for Scotland’s Operations Manager for Brodick Castle, said: ‘We’re pleased with the progress being made on the restoration work to the castle building, its external features and interior, which is on schedule to be finished by the end of September. One of the main challenges was to protect Brodick’s important collection of historic artefacts while the work took place. Thankfully, we had the expertise of our regional conservator on hand who helped with the major logistical task of packing, protecting and moving the collections within the castle throughout the maintenance and conservation programme.

‘The work has gone smoothly, with the high-level maintenance now complete. Throughout the nine-month programme we’ve tried to minimise disruption for the local community and visitors to the wider estate – for example, carrying out a lot of the restoration to the windows over the winter period, while the property was closed.’

“It’s thanks to the continued, generous support of our members and donors that we’ve been able to invest £1.5m in Brodick Castle.”
Sally Gandon
Operations Manager, Brodick Castle, Garden & Estate

Sally continued: ‘This work supports our conservation objectives to improve and stabilise the condition of our heritage buildings and estate to deliver our vision to provide access to nature, beauty and heritage for everyone, as outlined in our strategy, launched in 2022.’

Read more about our ten-year strategy: Nature, Beauty & Heritage for Everyone

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Isle Be Wild play park in Brodick Country Park

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