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Clan Donald Skye & The Museum of the Isles

Armadale Castle, Scotland
01471 844 305
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Ranked #18 of 32 attractions in Isle of Skye
Certificate of Excellence 2013
Type: History Museums, Castles, Museums
Owner description: Clan Donald Skye, the magnificent 20,000 acre estate in south Skye, operated by the Clan Donald Lands Trust. Here you can enjoy an outstanding holiday... more » Owner description: Clan Donald Skye, the magnificent 20,000 acre estate in south Skye, operated by the Clan Donald Lands Trust. Here you can enjoy an outstanding holiday experience in our self-catering lodges, explore the historic gardens and woodland trails around Armadale Castle, and learn about highland history in our fascinating Museum of the Isles.Visit us Visit our stunning historical Highland estate on Sleat, on the southern tip of the magical Isle of Skye. Wander through our historic gardens set around the imposing ruins of Armadale Castle, home of Clan Donald in the Isle of Skye. Explore our 40 acres of beautiful woodland walks. Learn about Highland history in our fascinating Museum of the Isles. Enjoy spectacular views over the sea to the majestic mountains of Knoydart. A day visit might not be enough. « less
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El Sobrante, Ca
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20 reviews 20 reviews
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2014 NEW via mobile

Easy access, spaces to run, wonderful views, beautiful gardens, activities for older kids, friendly staff, fantastic play area. Easily a good half day of running about.

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Aylesbury
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4 reviews 4 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2013

Visited Armadale in 2002 on an unplanned MacDonald trail. So proud of my family history after this holiday but sad to see the castle was just a shell. However, privileged to be able to walk all around it. This was before the visitor centre/museum was developed so I think we were lucky. I'd love to see the castle rebuilt to... More

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Elmira, NY
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134 reviews 134 reviews
29 attraction reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2013

On the Island of Skye stands the remains of the Clan Donald's Armadale Castle, one of many inhabited by the MacDonald clan Chieftains. There is much charm in the remain of the castle, but the grounds are amazing with terraced plantings and some of the strangest trees I have seen. The museum at the back of the property gives a... More

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London, United Kingdom
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91 reviews 91 reviews
12 attraction reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2013

My wife & I visited the Castle to do some family research. The Librarian/researcher was really friendly and immensely helpful - thank you! Sadly, the same can't be said for the staff & the food in the restaurant, which lets down badly the castle, grounds and research centre. There was very little food available, it wasn't delivered as ordered, and... More

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Zurich, Switzerland
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312 reviews 312 reviews
29 attraction reviews
514 helpful votes 514 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2013

This is a lovely place to visit, it has the ruins of Armadale Castle, beautiful gardens, a museum on the premises, and Clan Donald also offers log cabins for hire. We got into all those facilities for free because we stayed at Clan Donald cottages/log cabins, which allows one complimentary entree. The museum shop has some lovely Armadale Castle gifts.... More

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Zurich, Switzerland
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29 attraction reviews
514 helpful votes 514 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2013

The ruins of Armadale Castle and beautiful gardens lead to this small but very impressive and instructive little museum. There is also a little shop with lovely little gift ideas. 9 of us really enjoyed it and have learnt a lot about Scottish history and the clans. We ended up having morning tea at the Stables Hotel which is on... More

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Droitwich, United Kingdom
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38 reviews 38 reviews
14 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 30, 2013

We visited in October and there were very few other people around. The views are stunning, and seeing Skye in the sun was a bonus. Take time to chat to the staff they are very knoweldgeable and the venison for sale in the shop is lovely. The gradens go on for miles and there are numerous walks.The museum is very... More

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Kinross, United Kingdom
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2013

Modern, well appointed museum with a well laid out display showcasing the story of the McDonald's and the history of the Lords of the Isles. Informative, easy to understand and not overly academic or dull (my teenage son thought this was "actually ok"). Lovely helpful staff answered all my questions and made the experience all the more personal and rewarding.... More

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glasgow
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125 reviews 125 reviews
65 attraction reviews
116 helpful votes 116 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2013

We call in often at this really attractive complex of small castle, gardens ,nice visitor centre.But it is the area overall which gets my 5 star vote .If the weather is nice,you've got a car and you're up for a walk, head further south down to the end of the twisting public road, a fine drive in itself, to the... More

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UK
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9 reviews 9 reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2013

We almost didn't go past Isle Ornsay but eventually did decide to visit the Clan Donald Museum and castle and we were so glad that we did. Helped by reasonable weather for October we were able to take advantage of the pleasant gardens before visiting the castle and them moving onto the museum. The museum is fascinating, to be honest... More

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