Armadale Castle Gardens
Armadale Castle Gardens sit in a magnificent setting on the southern tip of the Isle of Skye, with sweeping views over the Sound of Sleat to the mountains of Knoydart. The estate was once the seat of the Macdonalds of Sleat and is now run by a charitable trust. Visitors can enjoy 40 acres of historic woodland gardens featuring 19th century specimen trees and exotic shrubs. Formal lawns, tranquil ponds and colourful herbaceous borders are set around the romantic ruins of Armadale Castle.
This area, the Sleat Peninsula, is known as the ‘Garden of Skye’ due to its sheltered aspect and the mild climate created by the Gulf Stream. As a result, plants from around the world thrive at Armadale.
Entrance ticket also includes admission to the award-winning Museum of the Isles, which tells the story of the Highlands and Islands through the eyes of Clan Donald. There’s plenty for families, too, including an adventure playground and children’s trails. While you’re here don’t miss the welcoming Armadale Bar and Bistro, located in the castle’s former stables building.
Opening times: 1 April – 31 October, daily, 9.30am – 5.30pm. March & November, Mon-Fri, 10am – 3pm. Last entry 30 mins before closing.
Admission Rates: Adult: £9.00, Senior (65 or over), Disabled and Student: £7.50, Child 5-15: £5.00, Child under 5: Free, Family (up to 4 children): £25.00, Friends of Armadale: Free.
Group Rates: £7.50. Minimum group size 8; booking required.
Facilities: Museum, gifts shops, café, picnic area, children’s playground, regular events
Disabled Access: Two electric wheelchairs available to borrow. Main garden routes and all buildings are wheelchair accessible. Free entrance to disabled carer. For more information see website ‘plan your visit’ pages
Toilets on site: Yes
Car Parking on site: Yes
Coach Parking: Yes
Guided Tours: No
Length of visit: 1.5 – 2 hours
Booking contact: Armadale Castle, Gardens & Museum, Armadale, Sleat, Isle of Skye, IV45 8RS
Booking Tel no: 01471 844305
Booking email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Location: On A851, 0.5 miles from Armadale Ferry Terminal, 16 miles south of Broadford, 20 miles from the Skye Bridge.
Updated: December 2019