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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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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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Got to be the first place you visit on the Isle of Skye plenty to see and do and lots of history, it's no wonder the Scots hated the English , great gardens to wonder around and a... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed October 18, 2015
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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2015

The museum itself is very well laid out and the long history of Clan Macdonald is divided into different periods of time. Armadale Gardens are stunning. It was a beautiful day when we went and very informative. The gardens are a bit steep, but there are seats for the weary every so often.

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Black Hawk, Colorado
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2015

Clan Donald Centre is a beautiful site. The grounds are absolutely beautiful. My favorite part of this visit was the ruins of the old castle. The walls remain intact, but the roof and flooring are long gone. There is a sense of melancholy about the entire estate. You womder about the lives of those long departed. There is a reasonabley... More 

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Thank Lynn B
Ottawa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2015

The MacDonald museum was one of the most interesting museums we saw in Scotland. Essentially, the museum offers a history of the Scottish clans through the perspective of the MacDonalds, which at one point led a petty kingdom in the Hebrides. Starting with the history of the clan's progenitor, Somerled, and continuing through to the Jacobite rebellion and the highland... 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 detailed, positive and helpful review. I just wanted to reassure you that there are certainly no plans to 'dumb down' any part of the museum, or indeed, any part of the work we do here at Armadale Castle & Gardens! I am not sure if you spoke directly with the Museum Manager during your visit? Please... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2015

Walking on the path that leads to the castle, you can see many unusual plants in a well-cared-for botanical garden. Take a short walk from the castle to the museum and you encounter many more plants and even a peacock. The history museum explains Scottish history and has many interesting artifacts. There is a small restaurant adjacent to the parking... More 

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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2015

So much rich history in this place and so sad that only ruins of the castle remain. The museum should not be missed as it provides so much wonderful history!

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Thank CindydeBonTripAdv
Waconia, Minnesota
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 30, 2015

The museum was very informative about our Scottish heritage. We spent quite a while looking at the exhibits. Well worth the entrance fee. The Castle and grounds were interesting but the museum was well worth the fee.

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 30, 2015

The garden is very beautiful and the castle is amazing from outside, but unfortunately no one cares for the castle so it is a ruin that is to dangerous to go inside. The museum is not very interesting for people who do not belong to the MacDonalds. Furthermore, the museum seemed to forget the cruelness done by this clan in... More 

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El Paso, TX
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2015

After arriving on the Isle of Skye on the Calmac ferry, we drove just several minutes to the Clan Donald Museum. Well maintained museum with varied displays and lush grounds for walking. Lunch at the tearoom was a fun experience, with the staff with their Scottish accents and us with our Texas accents working hard to communicate.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2015 via mobile

Got to be the first place you visit on the Isle of Skye plenty to see and do and lots of history, it's no wonder the Scots hated the English , great gardens to wonder around and a little gift shop for the odd souvenir and then back to the cafe for a brew ..... 👍👍

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Bridgeport, West Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2015

at first you see the remaining wall structure of Armadale Castle and having been the first destroyed Castle seen up close, it's rather sad. . . then you turn around & the VIEW is unbelievable!! and you can only imagine it in it's original days with the parties and gatherings going on . . . The Museum pieced together a... More 

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