Armadale Castle, Gardens & Museum of the Isles

About this Organisation

Armadale Castle is the former seat of the Macdonalds of Sleat, in south Skye. The site is now a visitor attraction with fascinating Museum/Archive as well as historic gardens and castle ruin.

The Museum of the Isles is a Museum Galleries Scotland Accredited Museum where visitors can discover the history of the Highlands and Islands through the story of Clan Donald, its most powerful clan. Six interconnecting galleries take visitors through 1500 years of history and culture in the area once known as the Kingdom of the Isles. A seventh gallery is dedicated to an annual changing exhibition.

A Library holds thousands of reference books on Highland and Clan history, and staff can assist with family history research where possible (see website for details). The Archive collections include 17th and 18th century material on the Jacobites as well as an extensive range of antiquarian and modern maps relating to Skye and the Highlands. It also houses the Macdonald Estate Papers and Correspondence. This collection is available online through the National Records of Archives for Scotland; the catalogue reference number is NRAS3273.

The site is open March - October and entrance charge applies - check website for details. The library can be contacted in the winter season for research enquiries - see website.

Organisation Type

Historic Building Library or Archive
Museum Library or Archive


Armadale Castle
Isle of Skye
IV45 8RS

Other Information

Entry last updated: October 30th, 2018

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