Historic woodland gardens beside a castle ruin and museum.
About Armadale Castle, Gardens & Museum
Set on the southern tip of the Isle of Skye, Armadale Castle Gardens has panoramic views across the Sound of Sleat and beyond to the mountains of Knoydart. Formerly the home of the Macdonalds of Sleat, the estate is now operated by a charitable trust. There are over 40 acres of woodland gardens with specimen trees dating back to the 19th century and exotic shrubs making for a verdant display, especially in summer.
The beautiful ruins of Armadale Castle are surrounded by formal lawns, herbaceous borders packed with flowers and tranquil ponds, making this the perfect place to relax and enjoy the sunshine. The local area benefits from a unique microclimate due to the sheltered aspect and the influence of the Gulf Stream, so there is a rich variety of plants from other climes that are not normally found in Scottish gardens.
Visitors will be delighted to discover that their admission fee also covers entrance to the Museum of the Isles, which recounts the tales of the Highlands and Islands from the perspective of the Clan Donald. With an adventure playground, plenty of open space and children’s trails, the gardens are perfect for families, too, and there is a lovely cafe-restaurant in the former stables building for a tasty treat after exploring the grounds.
Toilets, Toilets with Wheelchair Access, Food Stall (Food and Drink), Cafe/Restaurant - Outdoor Seating, Cafe/Restaurant - Indoor Seating, Car Park (Free), Playground, Gift Shop, Castle, Museum
Spring: Daffodils, Camellias, Magnolias, Bluebells, Rhododendrons, Perennial Borders
Summer: Perennial Borders
Autumn: Autumn Colour
Year-Round: Formal Garden, Woodland Walk, Wildlife Garden/Nature Trail, Pool/Pond, Arboretum, Sculpture Garden
Tickets & Discounts
Day ticket prices: Adult £9, Concessions £7.50, Children (U16s) £5, Under 5s Free, Family £25.
Concessions: Disabled carer free; £7.50 for over 60s, people with disabilities and students (with card); £2.50 for local residents (£1 local child ticket).
Season ticket prices: Individual £20, Family £45.
Good to Know
Dog Walking: Yes - Dogs on leads.
Family Friendly: Yes - Children of all ages.
Wheelchair & Pushchair Access: Mostly accessible (many paths flat and paved).
Wheelchair Hire: Yes - 2 mobility scooters available.
Public Transport: Yes - 10 minutes walk from Armadale ferry. Occasional local buses.
Postcode for SatNavs: The garden recommends using IV45 8RS.
Last Entry: Half an hour before 'Closing Time'.
Size of Site: 40 Acres.
Profile Information: Last updated by Armadale Castle, Gardens & Museum in 2021.