Managed by Clan Donald Lands, a Scottish charitable trust, Armadale Castle, Gardens & Museum spans 40 acres of mature woodland, temperate gardens and tranquil lily pad studded ponds.
Aside from the swoon-worthy ruins of the 19th-century castle, the real joy here is the gardens, where plants from around the globe thrive thanks to the area’s unique microclimate. Showstoppers include the flushed coral flowers of the Chilean Fire Bush, the silvery stems of the Himalayan Birch and joyful Giant Daisies, which are native to New Zealand.
Armadale Castle, Gardens & Museum isn’t just a sanctuary for people, it’s also renowned for its wildlife-spotting opportunities. White-tailed sea eagles soar overhead while red deer can be spotted through the dappled light of the mature forests. From gentle meandering pathways through a Victorian arboretum thick with bluebells to rolling farmland and open glades leading to instantly soothing panoramic views over Skye’s Sleat peninsula, there’s something to delight the senses whatever your fitness level.
After a hard day’s wandering, plan a pitstop at the charming bistro, which is located in a converted stable or pack a picnic and soak up the verdant surrounds.