Armadale Castle ready for new season

With the relaxing of restrictions, Armadale Castle, Gardens & Museum of the Isles, on Skye, will open its doors to visitors on 26th April 2021.

The Scottish Highlands are predicted to be a top destination for UK travellers this year and with the Isle of Skye’s renowned beauty and spectacular scenery, visitors will be able to enjoy magnificent views back to the mainland and the mountains of the West Coast of Scotland.

Trees, shrubs and flowers, including many exotic specimens, thrive in the sheltered climate of south Skye and in the 40 acres of beautiful gardens surrounding the ruined castle. The castle sits in the centre of the gardens – the former home of the Macdonalds, whose story is revealed in the museum, where visitors can trace the epic story of Clan Macdonald, Scotland’s largest and most powerful Clan.

This year, the museum’s lead exhibition will be ‘Coastal Castles of Clan Macdonald‘ tracing the evolution of the Clan’s castles from the 10th century fortification to the 19th century manor house. From May, 2021, an outdoor market will take place each month, with plants, crafts and produce stalls. There will be garden tours and a family trail as part of the Discover Scottish Gardens spring flower festival.

Clan Chief and Trustee, Godfrey, Lord Macdonald comments: “Following a challenging year we delighted to open to visitors once again to enjoy the fresh air and tranquillity of Skye. We have all missed seeing our visitors exploring Armadale and to encourage them to discover more Scottish gardens we are pleased to be working with Attadale Gardens to offer discounted entry.”

Armadale Castle is one of Skye’s most acclaimed visitor attractions situated on the Sleat Peninsula and easily accessible by ferry from Mallaig and the Skye Bridge from Kyle of Lochalsh on the mainland. The garden will be open to visitors until the end of October 2021.

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