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Armadale Castle, Gardens & Museum

Historic woodland gardens beside a castle ruin and museum.

  • 4.4

  • from 917 Google reviews

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About the garden

Set on the southern tip of the Isle of Skye, Armadale Castle Gardens has panoramic views across the Sound of Sleat and beyond to the mountains of Knoydart. Formerly the home of the Macdonalds of Sleat, the estate is now operated by a charitable trust. There are over 40 acres of woodland gardens with specimen trees dating back to the 19th century and exotic shrubs making for a verdant display, especially in summer.

The beautiful ruins of Armadale Castle are surrounded by formal lawns, herbaceous borders packed with flowers and tranquil ponds, making this the perfect place to relax and enjoy the sunshine. The local area benefits from a unique microclimate due to the sheltered aspect and the influence of the Gulf Stream, so there is a rich variety of plants from other climes that are not normally found in Scottish gardens.

Visitors will be delighted to discover that their admission fee also covers entrance to the Museum of the Isles, which recounts the tales of the Highlands and Islands from the perspective of the Clan Donald. With an adventure playground, plenty of open space and children’s trails, the gardens are perfect for families, too, and there is a lovely cafe-restaurant in the former stables building for a tasty treat after exploring the grounds.

Opening times

26 April - 31 October 2021 Every Day 9.30AM - 5.30PM

Useful details

Garden area

40 Acres

Dog walking

Yes - Dogs on leads.

Cafe or restaurant

Food and drink facilities include a food stall and a cafe/restaurant with indoor and outdoor seating.

Family

Yes - Children of all ages.

Wheelchair access

Mostly accessible (many paths flat and paved).

Shops

Yes - There is a gift shop.

Wheelchair hire

Wheelchairs are available for hire. 2 mobility scooters available

IV45 8RS

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Find the garden

Armadale Castle, Gardens & Museum
IV45 8RS
Sat Nav Postcode
IV45 8RS
Public Transport
10 minutes walk from Armadale ferry.
Occasional local buses.
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Google reviews

  • 4.4

  • from 917 Google reviews

Hywel Roberts

4 months ago

5

Fascinating place to visit with extensive gardens to wander around. The museum holds a great collection of island history. Unfortunately the weather was poor and so didn't spend as much time as would have if it were fine. Worth a visit and the entry cost is reasonable.

Christine Hoyle

3 months ago

5

Beautiful gardens to wander around. Admire majestic specimen trees, some over 150 years old. Flower beds still attractive in September. The castle is a picturesque ruin. The museum was closed the day we went, which was disappointing because it would be interesting for everyone wanting to learn more about Scottish history.

Tom Whalley

4 months ago

4

Lovely gardens, with a couple of good peripheral walks offering nice views over the Sound of Sleat. The castle itself is pretty disappointing (with _all_ access having now been disallowed), so would only recommend going if formal gardens are your thing. Has a fairly modern museum on the history of the resident clan, and a modest but well maintained adventure playground.

Jack Lockwood

5 months ago

4

The Armadale Castle is situated in a nice location, that on a sunny day will provide you with great views. You can go on scenic walks along quite clearly labelled routes through nearby woods taking about an hour. There is a nearby restaurant at the car park, where you can get lunch. Altogether I would recommend visiting on a nice day.

Steve

5 months ago

5

Entry is £9 (2021). For this you get access to the gardens an interesting small museum and you can see the remains of the house (external walls only as the inside and roof was removed in the 1980s for safety reasons). There are some magnificent trees and the gardens are lovely to walk around. Easy to spend 3 hours here and some of the views are stunning looking over to Mallaig. I saw signs to a children's playground but didn't actually see it. There is plenty of parking on site, somewhere to eat (did not use) and a small gift shop at the entrance and also in the museum.

Contact the garden

01471 844 305

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