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Clan Donald Skye & The Museum of the Isles

Armadale Castle, Armadale, Scotland
01471 844 305
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Ranked #2 of 4 Attractions in Armadale
Type: Castles, History Museums, Museums
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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.
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Portland, Oregon
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95 reviews 95 reviews
57 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2014

If you have Clan Donald ancestry, as we do, you simply must go to the The Museum of the Isles. Armadale Castle is a wonder to behold, haunting and majestic with an incredible view overlooking the sea. Mounted plaques provide interesting information about its history. The gardens are gorgeous and very well maintained. You can take a wonderful leisurely stroll... More

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Edmonds, Washington
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32 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2014

If you are not up to walking, do not put this stop on your list. However, if you love to walk, this is a great visit. Parking is at the visitor center. From there, it is up hill to the castle itself. The views alone are fantastic!! However, leave plenty of time for walking the gardens and also visiting the... More

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Fort Worth, United States
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21 reviews 21 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2014

The Clan Donald Skye site has a number of breathtaking views along with the ruins of the castle. The highlight of the site is the Clan Donald library where you can not only research the history of the Clan Donald, but also research other Scottish clans. The library staff was most helpful - but do keep in mind they offer... More

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Zephyrhills, Florida
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30 reviews 30 reviews
8 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2014

This place was beautiful - seriously, breathtakingly beautiful. Everywhere I walked there was a new landscape to admire. I could've spent a few hours just relaxing on a picnic blanket here and enjoying the scenery. The museum was a treat - well-kept and loaded with interesting bits and facts. The castle ruins were beautiful and ethereal. I just loved my... More

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2014 via mobile

This refers to the tearoom part. I know that there was a wedding on in the main restaurant, but come on: really? Small selection of food, and tea served in a polystyrene cup. I ask you! Surely they had decent crockery cups left over despite the wedding! I must say also that the gift shop was very disappointing compared to... More

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Kendal, United Kingdom
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3 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2014

we came here to do the adventure area archery, shouting and axe throwing and what a place for it lovely well looked after gardens stunning view, castle remands what more could you ask for what theres more museum, restraint not just one but two and a gift shop with good prices will be back

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2014 via mobile

The Clan Donald Museum is well worth a visit. The exhibits include a large number of pictures, old weapons and other artefacts of interest. The displays are good too and there is a useful time line explaining how the various stages of history fit together. An audio guide is also available. The grounds are also beautiful and the ruins of... More

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Hebden Bridge, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2014

Very well set out, fascinating display in very pleasant surroundings - there was even a fiddler playing in one of the galleries. A huge amount of information but because of the creative way it is set out it doesn't overwhelm. Lovely gardens too - big old trees.

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Brisbane, Australia
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22 attraction reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2014

The Clan Donald estate was our main reason for the visit to the Isle of Skye and the assistance from Maggie in the Library was of great help. Everyone we met who worked there was very friendly and helpful. The grounds were great, we didn't see them all as we were limited with time but what we did see was... More

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Melbourne
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12 attraction reviews
45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2014

We were a bit time constricted and this attraction needs time to digest and enjoy what is on offer. Avoid the coffee in the cafe (horrible) and just view the ruins, the grounds and soak up the history in the museum. Take you time as there is so much to see, it is really well managed and presented far better... More

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