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Clan Donald Skye & The Museum of the Isles

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Address: Armadale Castle, Armadale IV458RS, Scotland
Phone Number: 441471844305
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Description: Clan Donald Skye, the magnificent 20,000 acre estate in south Skye...
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.
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Nice museum and grounds

Sadly we didn't have much time due to our tour group but it is a lovely museum and the grounds are beautiful. Definitely set aside some time to spend an hour or two.

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 13, 2015
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2015 NEW

We were visiting Skye for the day and the children love visiting castles. However we were rather disappointed. We felt that it was over priced for what there was to see, the castle is just a shell and the woodland walk was disappointing too. The museum is interesting, however I felt this is a pricey afternoon out for a family... More 

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Lyndhurst, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015 NEW

MacDonald museum was so interesting, I could imagine all the history taking place in this area hundreds of years ago.

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Bonar Bridge, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2015

One of the best displays I have seen so far. If you expect something vaguely boring you will be very surprised. Attractive and very interesting writings about the whole of Scotland and its history, explained in a clear and appealing manner. If you have only one day in the South of Skye, go there. You won't be disappointed. Furthermore, the... More 

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Del Mar, California
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2015

Stopped here to see the castle on our tour of the Isle of Skye. The castle ruins are alright but there really is nothing much to see. The gardens behind the castle are a little better than average for a nice easy walk. All in all not much of a tourist stop and if we didn't stop here we wouldn't... More 

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JanWallwork, General Manager at Clan Donald Skye & The Museum of the Isles, responded to this review

Thank you for your feedback and I am sorry you didn't find enough to enthuse you further about our site. Perhaps you didn't have time to see inside the museum where there is a wealth of interpretation and objects of interest covering the story of Clan Donald and the history of its stronghold on Skye? We also have audio guides... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2015

We visited this place towards the end of the day and it was a good way to finish as it didn't really tie up too much time. The castle ruins were largely disappointing because there is not very much information about it and what remains looks quite modern. There isn't really anything special about the grounds either although they are... More 

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JanWallwork, General Manager at Clan Donald Skye & The Museum of the Isles, responded to this review

Thank you for your feedback and I am sorry you were disappointed with your experience of the Castle ruin - you find us in a transitional phase of the Castle history, poised to begin Conservation in Action on the ruins, with an animated interpretation planned for what you currently see and our plans for its restoration. Thank you very much... More 

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2015

Disappointing to visit the café at the seat of Clan Donald to discover that they don't support Scottish agriculture - Essex raspberry jam & Cornish cream with the scones

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JanWallwork, General Manager at Clan Donald Skye & The Museum of the Isles, responded to this review

I am sorry you were disappointed with your visit to the café. We serve home-cooked dishes of the day, snacks, sandwiches and cakes in our cafe, using fresh produce from the gardens when in season and our own estate venison, as well as the best of local produce from Skye/Scottish suppliers. So, for example, on the day of your visit,... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2015

We stopped here for a couple of hours, spent walking round the garden, including a view of the ruins of the castle, and some nice viewpoints overlooking the bay. The Museum of the Isles gave an interesting tale of the history of Scotland and some of the clans. There is a pleasant restaurant/cafe for the usual refreshments.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2015

Sadly we didn't have much time due to our tour group but it is a lovely museum and the grounds are beautiful. Definitely set aside some time to spend an hour or two.

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2015

Our family of 4 have stayed in both the flats above the Stables restaurant the Lodges at Clan Donald all of which are excellent. The view from our Lodge called Antrim is a breathtaking sea view (all the lodges have them) overlooking the mainland- a view that would be hard to beat. Fully equipped lodges with everything thought of and... More 

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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2015

Lovely gardens and play areas for kids. The museum was interesting and well laid out. Allow 2 hours.

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