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A Rolly, but FREE, Night on a Mooring Buoy in Brodick!

After a few days on a mooring in Lamlash we were keen to see more of Arran, and Brodick seemed like the next obvious stop. Located just 5 nautical miles from Lamlash, Brodick is often referred to as ‘the island’s unofficial capital” and is approximately halfway along the east coast of the island.

Set in the foothills of Goat Fell, the tallest mountain on Arran, Brodick is a popular holiday destination for those visiting from the mainland and is the main commercial centre and ferry port with Caledonian MacBrayne (Calmac) running a regular ferry service from Ardrossan and Troon.

Mooring Buoys in Brodick Bay

Free Mooring Buoys!

We arrived after a short motor around the headland where we picked up one of the free 15 mooring buoys in the bay which North Ayrshire Council have kindly installed. The buoys are blue and all have a pick up. They are reported to be serviced annually and we must say the strop did look substantial and tough (June 2024). However as a precaution we did feed a back up line through the hoop on top of the buoy.

Going ashore you will find a concrete slipway where you can either tie alongside to one of the metal rings or land on the small bit of beach – do allow for the rise and fall of the tide! Alternatively take your dinghy out of the water and tie up at the top of the slipway. Here there is a fresh water tap and decent large rubbish bins. Diesel and petrol is available from the petrol station just a short walk away near the ferry terminal.

There are two co-op supermarkets and a small selection of local shops including Arran Active, a great outdoor clothing and equipment store!

Nearby is Brodick Castle, operated by the National Trust for Scotland. Set against the backdrop of Goat Fell, the castle dates back to 1250 and offers stunning views over Brodick Bay and the Firth of Clyde. 

Goatfell is the highest of the mountains on Arran at 874 metres and is one of four Corbetts on the island. Corbetts are Scottish mountains over 2,500 feet (762 metres) and under 3,000 feet (914.4 metres) and were named after John Rooke Corbett, who originally listed them. It is popular with many hill walkers and climbers who travel from all over to tackle this dramatic landscape.

The northwest wind makes Brodick very uncomfortable!

The location of Brodick would make it appear like an ideal place to shelter from a north-westerly. This is not the case! Overnight the wind picked up to around 20 knots, gusting up to high 20’s and us, along with the other five boats who obviously had the same idea, swung and lurched around the mooring field like erractic flies! Needless to say it was a tiring night.

We had hoped to climb Goat Fell and explore a little more of Brodick, after all it’s a beautiful little village. But with the wind predicted to stay as it was for at least another couple of days there was no way we wanted to endure the unpleasantness anymore, sadly it was time to leave….


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