Former seat of the Macdonalds of Sleat, Armadale Castle, Gardens & Museum is a Visit Scotland 5 Star visitor attraction, with plenty to offer all ages. There are colourful gardens, an atmospheric castle ruin, family activities and an award-winning museum telling the story of Clan Donald and the Highlands & Islands. Located a few minutes from the Armadale ferry, in beautiful south Skye.
Where is Armadale Castle, Gardens & Museum of the Isles located?
Armadale Castle, Gardens & Museum is two minutes' drive or 10 minutes' walk from the Armadale ferry terminal, with ferry crossings to Mallaig on the mainland (30 mins). It's approximately 35 minutes' drive from the Skye Bridge.
Details on what activities are available at Armadale Castle, Gardens & Museum of the Isles?
A 40-acre garden with exotic plants, specimen trees and woodlands. Romantic ruins, the last ancestral home of the Macdonalds of Sleat, with views to the sea and mountains. At the Museum of the Isles, visitors can discover the history and culture of the Highlands and Islands through the story of the powerful Clan Donald. There is also a library and archive, with books on Scottish history and ancestry. In the restored stables building, visitors will enjoy the Gasta at Armadale Castle cafe, serving light lunches and refreshments every day, plus evening tapas Thurs - Sat.
Things to do in the local area?
The Sleat Peninsula is known as the 'Garden of Skye' and has some of the loveliest scenery to be seen on Skye, with heather-clad hills, sandy beaches and ancient woodland. Visitor attractions include the Torabhaig Whisky Distillery and an array of arts and crafts shops and galleries. It is also home to music festivals and Scotland's Gaelic College, Sabhal Mor Ostaig, which often hosts events.
Armadale Castle runs a lively events programme, including fairs, family activities and traditional music.