The handsome ruin of Armadale Castle, evocative of bygone eras, sits within a large Highland estate on the Sleat peninsula in South Skye.
The magic of the site unfolds as the visitor enters the gates and proceeds up Lord Macdonald's Drive into the historical gardens. Here, between cultivated lawns and beautifully planned terraced gardens, stand towering trees giving way to enchanted woodland walks, carpeted in seasonal wild flowers and enriched with bird song.
The Drive ends at the imposing ruins of Armadale Castle, designed by James Gillespie Graham and a monument to the dreams and aspirations of the 19th century Lords of Sleat.
Within the gardens is the fully accredited Museum of the Isles. The museum's six interconnecting galleries, each with their own theme, take you through 1500 years of history and culture of the region once known as the Kingdom of the Isles. The Macdonalds – or Clan Donald – were Lords of the Isles and our museum follows their story and that of the Highlands and Islands. A seventh gallery houses a changing exhibition.
The museum offers free audio guides in several languages and for the visually impaired. Young visitors can enjoy exploring the museum with our treasure trails or spend time on our activity table or experiencing life as an émigré sailing across the world on our replica 1837 ships bunk. During school holidays the museum runs family activity sessions based on stories from the museum.
Visitors are welcome to browse the Clan Donald Library within the museum; a collection focusing on all aspects of this region and the history of Clan Donald. We hold the Lord Macdonald Estate archives and if your family originated from those estates we are likely to hold unique information about them. Separate charges apply for in-depth research.
Other facilities include a popular childrens' adventure playground, a café offering a range of tempting refreshments and two gift shops stocked with goodies to take home as souvenirs or gifts.
We also offer clay pigeon shooting and tours of the 20,000 acre estate where you may see our resident deer, golden eagles, otters and pine martens.
For those wanting to stay longer and explore the area more fully we have a number of self-catering apartments and lodges with fabulous views over the Sound of Sleat. In season we offer deer stalking alongside accommodation.
Please visit our website for further information – www.armadalecastle.com
Armadale Castle, Gardens & Museum of the Isles
Isle of Skye
Tel: +44 (0) 1471 844305