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Armadale Castle, Gardens & Museum of the Isles
Armadale, Sleat, Isle of Skye, Scotland IV45 8RS

Telephone: 01471 844305 (from outside the UK: +44 1471 844305)
Email: office@armadalecastle.com

Getting here

We are located in Armadale, south Skye, on the A851. We are easily accessible from the Skye Bridge and from the Mallaig–Armadale ferry.

Opening times

Click here for opening times.

Armadale Castle

  • Driving

    From the mainland

    Take the Skye Bridge at Kyle of Lochalsh. We are 22 miles from the bridge, approx. 35 minutes’ drive, on the A87 and A851.

    Or

    Take the ferry from Mallaig to Armadale (25-minute crossing). The Castle entrance is 2 minutes’ drive from the ferry terminal at Armadale.

    From north Skye

    We are 16 miles south of Broadford, approx. 25 minutes’ drive. Follow signs to Broadford / Skye Bridge then turn right at the A851, signposted Armadale/Ferry.

    We have a large free car park.

  • Train & Bus

    You can travel by train from Inverness to Kyle of Lochalsh, or from Glasgow via Fort William to Mallaig.

    Local bus services (Stagecoach buses) connect with some train and ferry services. Check bus timetables before travelling as rural services are limited.

    National bus services to Kyle of Lochalsh and Mallaig are operated by Citylink.

    Taxis services are available in Kyle of Lochalsh and Armadale (pre-booking required; search online).

  • Ferry

    The ferry from Mallaig to Armadale is a 25-minute crossing, operated by CalMac Ferries.

    The Castle entrance is approximately 10 minutes’ walk or 2 minutes’ drive from Armadale ferry terminal.

Accessibility

We want everyone to be able to enjoy Armadale Castle, Gardens & Museum. Our friendly and welcoming staff are always willing to assist.

  • More Information

    We have two dedicated disabled parking bays near the entrance (between the café and the ticket office). Staff in the ticket office can assist with additional parking spaces if needed. Accessible toilets are situated in the Museum and café.

    All our indoor visitor facilities (Museum, shops and café) are on one level.

    The main routes in the Gardens are wheelchair and pushchair friendly. On arrival you will be given a map showing accessible routes, or you can download here.

    Seating is provided at regular points throughout the Gardens.

    We have one wheelchair and one electric wheelchair available to borrow free of charge, subject to availability. You are strongly advised to book this in advance; please contact us on 01471 844305 or office@armadalecastle.com.

    An audio guide describing the museum for visually impaired visitors is available in our Museum. Some of the exhibits are designed to be touched.

    Portable induction loops are available at all our main service points.

    We welcome guide and assistance dogs in the Gardens and Museum.

Families

We warmly welcome families at Armadale. The museum, gardens and woodlands offer a great day out for visitors of all ages – whatever the weather.

  • More information

    The main routes in the Gardens are pushchair friendly. On arrival you will be given a map showing accessible routes, or you can download here.

    Baby changing facilities are available in the Museum and café. We welcome children in the café, and offer high chairs and family-friendly menus.

    We have a choice of free children’s trails in the Museum (suitable for all ages and abilities) and, seasonal garden trails. We also run regular family events during the school holidays.  Kids can let off steam on our outdoor adventure playground, with adjacent picnic area.

    There are ponds and uneven surfaces in the Gardens so please supervise young children at all times.

Groups and travel trade

We love to welcome groups and have lots to offer. Pre-booked groups enjoy special discounts, and coaches park for free in a dedicated area.

  • More information

    Pre-booked groups of 10 visitors or more qualify for the special travel trade rate of £6.95 per person.

    Your driver and guide eat for free in the café and enjoy free access to the Gardens and Museum.

    You can also pre-book your lunch with us – even if you just want soup and a sandwich.

    Contact us to make your travel trade enquiry or advance reservation.

Visitor facilities and further information

We have a welcoming café with free WiFi, and two lovely gift shops. Dogs on leads are welcome in the Gardens (assistance dogs only in the Museum).

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    You are welcome to bring a picnic to enjoy at the picnic tables next to the playground area.

    We are happy for you to take photographs for your personal use and to share on social media. Please contact us if you wish to take photographs for commercial purposes.

    During periods of severe weather it may be necessary to close the Gardens for safety reasons. Please contact us to check.

    We close for the winter from November to Easter. During that period access to the Library and Archives for research purposes may be possible by appointment; please email Library@armadalecastle.com.

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