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Armadale Castle, Gardens & Museum

Historic woodland gardens beside a castle ruin and museum.

  • 4.3

  • from 1015 Google reviews

A view of a lush green forest surrounding a castle with sea in the background
A view of a lush green forest surrounding a castle with sea in the background

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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

Wednesday - Sunday from 13th April 9.30AM - 5.30PM Last entrance 5pm

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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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

  • 4.3

  • from 1015 Google reviews

Beni Megido

3 months ago

5

Very nice gardens even in a mostly rainy day. The ruins of the former castle are very impressive. The museum is nice although smaller than expected. The children's playground is very nice and the view is great.

Liam Barry

2 months ago

4

The gardens are fantastic. Unfortunately the castle was closed off due to being of unsafe structure which was annoying as there was no mention on this before buying a ticket which is often the case with attractions like this. It doesn't look like the castle will be open for some time so don't go expecting to be able to wonder around the ruins. The museum was the highlight of the trip and would of been even if the castle was open. The guide was very knowledgeable and passionate about the museums content and held some fantastic artifacts. Lots of interactive displays.

Nisha Yates

5 months ago

3

Whilst the ruin is nice it would have been nice to have gone inside but it's closed because apparently it's unstable 🙂. The cafe was also closed. It was a rainy day and I would have appreciated being indoors getting a hot drink. There's little guidance marking the nature walk particularly the long walk. I would phone ahead to find out what is actually accessible before making the journey and only go if the sun is shining.

Carrie Bonham

3 months ago

4

A good place to see, last visited nearly 30 years ago!! Shame so much had grown in and around the castle. The gardens and views are beautiful. A quiet time had by all. The museum had so much in it, lots of history, and well worth the time to go in there.

Nick Toms

5 months ago

5

After many years of driving past and not stopping, it was about time I visited I guess! Although many of the tourism dependent locals are somewhat exasperated at the reduced opening, the discounted entry fee was definitely the draw for me. The gardens are a nice mix of country estate and more modern formal planting with the ponds being a highlight for me. Sure, many tourists would probably prefer the museum to be open etc., but I think with the discounted pricing, many more won't be put off.

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01471 844 305

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