Armadale Castle, Gardens & Museum of the Isles
Stunning historic garden and Highland estate on Sleat, 'the Garden of Skye'. Discover 40 acres of tranquil gardens and woodland set around the imposing ruins of Armadale Castle, former seat of Clan Donald chiefs. Enjoy magnificent views to the sea and mountains of Knoydart, and explore the wider estate on wildlife trails. Admission includes entry to the award-winning Museum of the Isles.
Thanks to its sheltered coastal location on the Gulf Stream, Armadale has a relatively warm climate where trees, flowers and shrubs from around the world thrive. Terrace walks, ponds and herbaceous borders with colourful planting provide tranquil places to sit or stroll. Armadale’s tree collection is magnificent, with beautiful autumn colour as well as many old and interesting species. The gardens are also at the forefront of tree conservation, and are currently collaborating with the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh to plant over 100 endangered conifers throughout the grounds.
Families are warmly welcomed and there’s a playground area for children. Refreshments available.
How to find us
Armadale Castle, Gardens & Museum of the Isles is located in Armadale, 16 miles south of Broadford on the A851. It is easily reached from the mainland by taking the Skye Bridge, at Kyle of Lochalsh, or by ferry from Mallaig to Armadale (a 25-minute crossing). The Castle Gardens are just a short walk from the ferry terminal at Armadale.
You can travel by train from Inverness to Kyle of Lochalsh, or from Glasgow via Fort William to Mallaig.
Local bus services connect with most trains and ferry services.
For further information visit our website at www.armadalecastle.com
Visit Scotland 5 Star Attraction.
Museum Accredited by Museums Galleries Scotland
- Restored heritage garden
- Mature specimen trees and woodland walks
- Spectacular views to sea and mountains
- Romantic castle ruins
- Year-round interest
We occasionally run public tours of the garden - check the Events page of our website for details. https://www.armadalecastle.com/category/events/
We can also arrange bespoke small group tours (additional charges apply). Visit the Groups and Travel Trade page of our website or contact us.
We welcome group visits; pre-booked tours of 8 or more receive a Group Travel discount. Visit the Groups and Travel Trade page of our website for details, or contact us. We also run educational visits to the museum with local schools.
You can find our accessibility statement here.
Volunteering / internships opportunites
Our Friends enjoy free entry and discounts while supporting us - https://www.armadalecastle.com/community/friends/
We also have volunteering opportunities - https://www.armadalecastle.com/community/volunteer/
- Autumn Colour
- Bluebell Displays
- Daffodil Displays
- Herbaceous Borders & Plantings
- Rhododendron Displays
- Sculptures/Garden art
- Spring bulbs
- Tree Collection/Champion Trees
- Water Gardens
- Woodland Gardens
- Woodland Wildlife
Opening TimesWednesday: 09:30 - 17:30 Thursday: 09:30 - 17:30 Friday: 09:30 - 17:30 Saturday: 09:30 - 17:30 Sunday: 09:30 - 17:30 also:
Bothy Blend outdoor cafe 9:30 - 16:00 Wed-Sun.
Last garden entry 30 minutes before closing.
Times may change in low season; check website before travelling.
Close from 1st November 2022 - 1st April 2023
Admission pricesAdult: £12.00 Child: £7.00 (under 5s free) Concession: £9.00 Family: £25 (2 adults and up to 4 children) Group Adult: £7.50 Group Child: £7.00
FacilitiesAccessible parking Accessible toilets Accommodation Assistance Dogs Car park Dog friendly Events Kids’ play area Picnic area Pushchair friendly Shop Toilets Wheelchair access
Museum: Included in ticket is entrance to the Museum of the Isles, where you can learn about the history of the Highlands & Islands through the eyes of Clan Donald.
Accommodation: We have 6 comfortable self-catering lodges on the hillside next to the gardens. The lodges enjoy spectacular sea and mountain views. Info: https://www.armadalecastle.com/stay/
Walks and wildlife: Outwith the gardens we have created over 5 miles of nature trails into areas of beautiful mixed woodlands, with plenty of opportunities for wildlife-spotting.
Cafe: The Stables Cafe is temporarily closed in 2022 but there is an outdoor cafe / coffee van selling delicious light refreshments: https://www.armadalecastle.com/explore/eat-drink/
Isle of Skye