Clan Donald Skye – 20,000 acres of Skye
Clan Donald Skye is a large Highland estate on the Sleat peninsula in South Skye.
At the heart of the estate is its Visitor Centre. Opened in May 1976, the ever expanding facilities of the Centre has been enjoyed by increasing numbers of national and international visitors over the subsequent years. As a testimony to its drive for excellence, Visit Scotland awarded the Centre its fifth star as a Visitor Attraction in August 2013.
The magic of Clan Donald Skye unfolds as the visitor enters the gates and proceeds down Lord MacDonald's Drive into the historical gardens of the estate. Here, between cultivated lawns and beautifully planned terraced gardens, stand towering trees giving way to enchanted woodland walks, carpeted in seasonal wildflowers and enriched with bird song. The Drive ends at the imposing ruins of Armadale Castle, designed by James Gillespie Graham and a monument to the aspirations and dreams of the 19th Century Lords of Sleat.
Within the gardens, is the fully accredited Museum of the Isles. The museum's six interconnecting galleries, each with their own theme, take you through 1500 years of history and culture of the area once known as the Kingdom of the Isles. The MacDonalds – or Clan Donald – were Lords of the Isles and our museum follows their story and that of the Highlands.
Audio guides in several languages and for the visually impaired are available. Young visitors can enjoy exploring the museum with our children's trails. If you are researching your Scottish ancestors, then plan a visit to the library/study centre, which is housed in the museum.
As well as the ever-popular children's adventure playground, which is suitable for all ages, in 2013 Clan Donald introduced Armadale Activities offering visitors the opportunity to engage in a range of exciting target sports. This year, this popular addition to Clan Donald will be offering clay pigeon shooting as well as archery, tomahawk throwing, air rifle shooting and even a treasure hunt.
Clan Donald also offers a range of self-catering holiday accommodation for both short breaks and longer visits. The Visitor Centre boasts gift shops and a wonderful family restaurant.
Disabled facilities are provided by the centre and full information can be found on our website, www.clandonald.com.
Clan Donald Skye
Isle of Skye
Tel: 01471 844305