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Clan Donald Skye & The Museum of the Isles

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Address: Armadale Castle, Armadale IV45 8RS, Scotland
Phone Number: 441471844305
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Mon - Fri 9:00 am - 5:30 pm
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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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Been her a couple of times now. The museum is very interesting with many facts about Scottish history. Slightly boring for younger kids so recommend 8+ if you want to get the most... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
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Tucson, Arizona
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We were on a coach tour and stopped here for lunch and a self guided tour. The castle is just remains, so you don't go inside. However the lush grounds with beautiful ponds and nature trails are lovely. Take the audio phones when you go through the museum, where you'll have the option of clicking for more detailed information at... More 

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Scotland, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Been her a couple of times now. The museum is very interesting with many facts about Scottish history. Slightly boring for younger kids so recommend 8+ if you want to get the most experience from it. Shop is nice with touristy items for sale. Cafe has tasty food and staff are lovely. Gardens are huge with many foreign plants and... More 

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Des Moines, Iowa
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We went to investigate my husband's heritage and possible relation to the Clan MacDonald and were able to talk with a librarian at the museum . She helped look up information on our last name and was so helpful. The museum was not huge but it was interesting. The grounds were nice and the there are remains of the original... More 

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Vancouver, Canada
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

You basically arrive and go for a walk on the grounds. It's nice, but not fascinating. Just paths through lawns. The old castle is just a ruin. You can't go in or explore at all. It looks like they've spent some money on the museum. It's well laid out. We had fun playing the kids' search game and earned ourselves... More 

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Saint Louis, Missouri
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Good place for a walk with lovely drive along the coast to get there and great cafe nearby in town (we didn't eat on site but up the road a bit, there's only one, you'll find it 😉). Museum was informative.

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Cambridge, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

While we enjoyed the castle and grounds we were very very disappointed with the cafe. The restaurant was closed due to a private function. The selection in the very busy cafe was poor. We all chose baked potatoes - they were revolting! Fillings were OK. This meal for 3 cost £30 which I thought was very expensive for what it... 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 positive comments on your visit and I am sorry you were disappointed with your experience in the café. I think my colleague did try to offer you some time to rectify things? I thought it would be best to explain that we don't actual have a restaurant - the area that was in use by a... More 

Gambrills, Maryland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

There are 40 acres of impressive gardens and wonderful woodland walks as well as the museum which spans the 1500 years of history of the Highlands and Islands. The ruins of Armadale Castle were the seat of the Lords of the Isles...you can just imagine it all happening. The centre has three gift shops and the food in the cafe... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We all loved the gardens, old trees beautiful ponds, irritatingly uneaten hosta collection, and a sadly decaying house. The museum was well laid out and informative. There was a very tame peacock which obligingly posed for photos. Thoroughly enjoyed the walks thought the gardens were charming. Good value for money. I would go again and spend more time in a... 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 positive feedback and we are so pleased you enjoyed your visit. I can certainly understand your comment about the Hosta! Those of us with experience of growing this plant in England are stricken with lace-like leaves! Pleased that Percy, our Peacock, made an appearance. Thank you once again for your kind comments. More 

Belfast, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Beautiful gardens around the old castle and wonderful walk through the woods and up Armadale hill with great views over the Sound of Sleat to the mainland. Excellent cafe serving good variety of food. Visitor centre very informative with history of the MacDonald clan. Well worth a visit.

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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 very welcome comments about your visit. Love the photos, too! Surprised to see Percy (our peacock) sitting so quietly! More 

Ipswich, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The castle ruins are inaccessible and not very interesting. Not much of interest in the gardens. Museum informative

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