Armadale Castle, Isle of Skye
Armadale Castle Gardens consist of 40 acres of lush—sometimes exotic—plantings, winding woodland paths, and giant 200 year old trees among other things. The gardens sit on the protected Southern part of Isle of Skye known as Sleat (pronounced "slate"), which receives the benefits and warmth of the Gulf Stream.
|View from the edge of the gardens over the Sound of Sleat.|
|The extensive gardens contain several beautiful woodland paths to explore.|
|A replica of a Viking ship sits in the gardens. It is a symbol important to Clan Donald given their Norse ancestry.|
|This nice sitting area on the edge of the gardens overlooks the Sound of Sleat.|
MacDonald chiefs began staying at Armadale from 1650, although earlier, the clan occupied castles at Knock, Dunscaith and Duntulm, all on Isle of Skye. In the 1700s the mansion at Armadale was used as a dower house for the chiefs' widows. Around 1790 a new house was built here. In 1815 this was extended. A fire in 1855 destroyed most of this section and it was rebuilt as we see it today. In 1925 the MacDonald family moved and abandoned the castle.
Click here to see photos of Armadale Castle from the early 1900s.
|The gardens contain many mossy trees.|
|View over the Sound of Sleat with honeysuckles in the foreground.|
I hope you enjoyed this visit to Armadale Castle!