Castle celebrates Christmas with community trees

The Eco Savvy tree invites visitors to make 'eco pledges'.

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Brodick Castle has been celebrating Christmas throughout the month and, for the first time, has asked local businesses and community groups to join in the festive fun by inviting them to decorate Christmas trees around the castle.

A total of six trees have been decorated around the National Trust for Scotland property. The tree from VisitArran has guidebooks and ArranCards, Arran Ice Cream has chosen to decorate its tree with mini tubs of its goodies, Lagg Distillery has festooned its tree with bottles of whisky and the Auchrannie Resort has had hundreds of baubles specially made for its tree. Arts collective Crafts & Company has gone for an upcycled theme while Arran Eco Savvy has used its tree to invite visitors to make ‘eco pledges’.

Castle staff have also decorated a number of trees themselves including one with a flamboyant crinoline, another with a train set running around the outside and a third with decorations made out of sheets of music paper.

In addition to the trees, the castle has had a full calendar of festive fun. There’s an elf scavenger hunt to find the cheeky elves hidden around the castle, a North Pole post box for writing letters to Santa and a Christmas photo backdrop in the Drawing Room for creating that perfect Christmas card family photo.

The castle has also been running Christmas-themed historical tours of the property that feature stories from the families that have called the beautiful building home.

Operations manager Dr Jared Bowers said: ‘It’s wonderful to be able to welcome visitors in to the castle at this time of year and show it off in such a magical way. It’s the perfect place to get in to the Christmas spirit and help our charity to protect Brodick and Scotland’s other special places too.’

Christmas at Brodick Castle is open this weekend, but closes after Sunday. All activities are included for free within the normal admission price and entry is free for National Trust for Scotland members.


The Achrannie Resort baubles which decorate their tree. NO_B50tree01

The tree created by Crafts & Company. NO_B50tree02

The Eco Savvy tree invites visitors to make ‘eco pledges’. NO_B50tree03

Little tubs of ice cream on the Arran Dairies tree. NO_B50tree04

A train runs round one of the castle’s own trees. NO_B50tree05

The VisitArran tree has pride of place in the Beckford Collection room. NO_B50 tree06