Armadale is a Village on the southeast
of the Isle of Skye, 21 miles south of
the Skye Bridge, 42 miles south of
Portree, largest town on Skye.
The Village is popular for a number of
unique Shops around the Pier, Armadale Castle with the Museum
of the Isles, and the Ferries from
Mallaig on the Scottish
Mainland, as many people visiting Skye
want to do so by boat.
View a Click on Map for the Area
Attractions and Mountains.
The top images are of the Skyelark Gift &
Craft Shop at the entrance to the Pier. The
shop has a number of amazing Canvas Prints by
Skye photographer - Grumpy George.
The third image is of Under the Rowan
arts & crafts shop looking over the
The fourth image is of Ragamuffin
knitwear & clothes also with views over the
The Shed Cafe and Ferry Booking Office are
at the Pier with views across to mainland
Isle of Skye Leather
Co is situated at the end of the Pier, with
this image showing the larger of the two
ferries, Lord of the Isles, that run between
Armadale and Mallaig, about a 6 mile crossing,
taking around 30 minutes.
Skye Leather specialize in handmade bags,
belts, sporrans and more for tourists and
online orders around the world.
The smaller Ferry named Loch Fyne also
operates on the Armadale to Mallaig route with
the two ferries being busy most of the summer.
Armadale is a very small Village with the
main attractions being Patricia Shone
Ceramics, Cafe /Diner at the
entrance to Armadale Castle, Museum of the
Isles at Armadale Castle, and Torabhaig Distillery 4 miles
1400s - Clan Donald arrive on the Isle of
Skye with Castles castles around the
1650s - Clan Donald Chiefs began living on a
large estate at Armadale, under one mile north
of Armadale Pier.
1746 - Flora MacDonald from Armadale Castle
helped Bonnie Prince Charlie escape by boat to
Skye after the Jacobite defeat at the Battle of
Culloden by Inverness. Charlie then made
his way to safety in France.
1884 - the Skye Boat Song
is published with the section - Speed bonny
boat like a bird on a wing, Onward the sailors
cry. Carry the lad that’s born to be King, Over
the sea to Skye. Many people visiting the area
want to travel to Skye by boat, as in the
1901 - the Train Station opened in Mallaig with the
trip up from Fort William described as one of the
top Rail Journeys in Scotland, over the largest
Viaduct in Scotland.
A number of Steamers then began operating
out of Mallaig, providing a ferry services
throughout the Western Isles for locals and
tourists. The main route out of Mallaig is to
Armadale on Skye.
1925 - Armadale Castle was abandoned by the
Macdonald's after it fell into disrepair.
1971 - Armadale Castle and 20,000 acre
estate were acquired by the Clan Donald Lands
Trust to serve as a tourist attraction.
1995 - the Skye Bridge was completed 21
miles north of Armadale. The Ferries from
Armadale have since remained busy, as many
people still prefer to travel to Skye by
Fort William to Portree on Sky by the Bridge
is about 108 miles. Fort William to Portree
using the Mallaig to Armadale Ferry is about 90
2002 - The New Museum of the Isles was
completed on the grounds of Armadale
2017 - Torabhaig Distillery opened 4
miles north of Armadale, next to the main road