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Armadale Castle, Gardens & Museum

Historic woodland gardens beside a castle ruin and museum.

  • 4.4

  • from 985 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 985 Google reviews

Ann Crome

in the last week

4

The museum is excellent and very informative. We had a lovely walk round the gardens before the rain started. The tea from the bothy was okay and the coffee was a small one, however the cookie was lovely.

Nisha Yates

a month 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

a week 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.

Leah Ryan

6 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

a month ago

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!

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01471 844 305

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