Armadale Castle is situated on the
Isle of Skye, under 1 mile north of the
ferry port of Armadale, 20 miles south
of the Skye Bridge. Open 1 April – 31
October daily, 9.30 – 17.30 with an
entrance fee. View the website for winter
opening days / times.
View a Click on Map for the Area
Attractions and Mountains.
The images top are of the entrance Visitor
Centre and Gift Shop.
The third image is of the first view of
Armadale Castle from the drive.
The fourth image is of Armadale Castle from
the lawn. From here, you get good views over
Armadale Pier where the Ferries from
Mallaig on the Scottish mainland
dock. The crossing takes about 30 minutes.
In the Castle grounds is the Museum of the
Isles, a modern museum giving information on
the history of the Islands, Island Clans, and
By the entrance to Armadale Castle is
Gasta at Armadale
Castle, a Cafe / Diner, in the former
Stable Building of the Castle.
Armadale Castle History
800s - Vikings began taking control of Skye
and most other Scottish Islands.
1100s - Scots Kings began forcing the
Vikings out of the Islands. Scots Kings from
that time used Scots Clans to help them gain,
and keep control of all Scotland.
Many Scots Clans had long running feuds with
neighbouring Clans, often lasting hundreds of
years. Many of these feuds only ended through
marriage, or laws in the 1500s to 1700s being
enforced more vigorously, leading to people
murdering their neighbour being sentenced to a
gruesome execution in a public place. The
Guillotine in Edinburgh was used to execute
a number of prominent Clan members.
1200s - Clan Donald is a prominent Clan in
the Western Isles of Scotland, descendants of
Vikings that claimed to be Kings of the
1200s - Clan MacLeod took control of
Dunvegan in the north of Skye. This Clan was
probably descended from Vikings.
1400s - Clan Donald arrive on the Isle of
Skye with Castles on the south of Skye named
Dunskaith and Knock. Their Duntulm Castle was
in the north of Skye. These three Castles are
now in ruin.
Clan Donald and Clan MacLeod had many
battles fighting over Castles and land.
Marriage was used to try and unite the two
Clans but failed, leading to more battles.
Intervention by the Government led to peace
between the two Clans from 1603.
1650s - Clan Donald Chiefs began living at
Armadale in a building named Armadalebeg.
1690s - Armadalebeg was destroyed by
Government forces after Clan Donald supported
an early Jacobite Rising. A new building was
built soon after for Clan Donald.
1728 - the widowed mother of Flora Macdonald
married Hugh Macdonald of Armadale.
1746 - Clan Donald and Clan MacLeod of Skye
supported the Government in the 45 Jacobite
Rebellion. Many other Clan Donald and Clan
MacLeod, from other areas, fought on the
Jacobite side at the Battle of
1746 - Flora Macdonald
helped Bonnie Prince Charlie escape to France
after the failed Jacobite
Rising of that year. This led to Flora
being locked up in the Tower of London until
the following year.
Clans that fought for the Jacobite's in the
1745 rebellion were then persecuted by having
their homes destroyed, cattle killed, and
encouraged to emigrate.
Clans that supported the Government, held on
to their Castles, Land, Titles and Wealth.
1750 - Flora Macdonald was married to Allan
MacDonald at Armadalebeg.
1790 - a new Mansion House was built on this
site to replace the original building.
1815 - a Scottish baronial style Castle was
built next to the Mansion House to designs of
James Gillespie Graham.
1855 - part of the Castle was destroyed by
fire. It was replaced with a design by David
1925 - the Castle was abandoned by the
Macdonald's as it fell into disrepair.
1971 - the Castle and surrounding 20,000
acre estate were bought by the Clan Donald
1975 - the Mansion was used for the Museum
of the Isles. The Castle Ruin and Gardens have
since served as a visitor attraction.
1981 - the unstable Gothic Wing of the
Castle was demolishing, leaving just the Grand
2002 - The New Museum of the Isles was
completed a short walk up behind Armadale
Castle. The Mansion was then converted to serve
as a Wedding Venue and Conference Centre.