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Armadale Castle, Gardens & Museum

Historic woodland gardens beside a castle ruin and museum.

  • 4.4

  • from 950 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

  • 4.4

  • from 950 Google reviews

Nick Toms

3 weeks 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.

Leah Ryan

4 months ago

5

Have just checked out today of our short break at the castle lodges. The castle museum was closed its self but if the lodges are anything to go by then it surely will be amazing! Before travelling, Elizabeth was incredibly helpful over the phone and email while dealing with our booking. We arrived following the east guidance, directions and signs to find a beautiful picturesque view from the drive way of the lodge. Going into the lodge you immediately noticed the smell of how clean they were, carpets and upholstery very clean and a kitchen that provided you with everything you needed, even a bottle of wine and the makings of tea, biscuits, fresh flowers and goodies and a spare bowl and blanket for the dogs 😍 Small things that really made a difference were things like salt and pepper and cleaning products which usually aren’t included in self catering. The kitchen was fully equipped with a great range of pots, pans and crockery. The sofas and beds were incredibly comfortable. The woodland walks gave lots of exploring to our dogs who loved their experience too. They especially loved looking out of the big sliding doors watching the sheep in the field opposite. The gardens were well kept and area around very clean and looked after. The list of cleaning in the guest file really shows how well the place is looked after and cleanliness is to a very high standard which is very reassuring given the current pandemic. I’m already looking at when I can come back again!

Garry Kennan

in the last week

2

The grounds, Castle an museum were brilliant. The one thing that let our visit down was the food we had on the way out. Far too expensive for what was on offer. £6 for a sandwich with very little on it. Designed to fleece tourists!

Bernadette Yare

3 weeks ago

3

Disappointed to be told after purchasing tickets at full price that the museum was closed. Also two main walks were also closed. Perhaps a reduced fee would have been appropriate… Enjoyed the gardens which were open & the historical information.

Masha Sam

2 months ago

5

Absolutely gorgeous castle and gardens. Although we paid the entry price to explore the gardens; the kids (10yr old and 7 Yr old) were glued to the playback and spent the whole afternoon there. Toilets are nearby and there are picnic benches if you fancy brining your own lunch. Great day out!

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01471 844 305

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