Armadale Castle is a ruined country house and the former home of the MacDonalds clan. A mansion house was first built here around 1790. In 1815 a Scottish baronial style mock-castle, intended for show rather than defense, designed by James Gillespie Graham, was built next to the house.

After 1855 the part of the house destroyed by fire was replaced by a central wing, designed by David Bryce. Since 1925 the castle, abandoned by the Macdonald family, has fallen into ruin. The gardens around the castle have been maintained, and are now home to the Clan Donald Centre, which operates the Museum of the Isles.

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Founded: 1790
Category: Palaces, manors and town halls in United Kingdom

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Central “Central Scrutinizer” Scrutinizer (2 years ago)
Nice place to stop for a brew when you get off the ferry.
Elizabeth Davison (2 years ago)
Table booked for 7.30, arrived in good time. Order taken for drinks promptly but waited 15 minutes to arrive. Ordered x1 starter and x2 main course. Starter arrived 20.15, apology offered,due to mix up in kitchen, and accepted. Told main course was imminent. Waited another 10 minutes, advised it would be a further short delay. Cancelled order as had been waiting almost an hour. Disappointed as we were the only customers after 19.50
Elizabeth Davison (2 years ago)
Table booked for 7.30, arrived in good time. Order taken for drinks promptly but waited 15 minutes to arrive. Ordered x1 starter and x2 main course. Starter arrived 20.15, apology offered,due to mix up in kitchen, and accepted. Told main course was imminent. Waited another 10 minutes, advised it would be a further short delay. Cancelled order as had been waiting almost an hour. Disappointed as we were the only customers after 19.50
Geoff Woolley (2 years ago)
We visited here whilst on tour in the region and were pleasantly surprised with the cleanliness and the simple but very tasty menu and we readily recommend it to you.
Geoff Woolley (2 years ago)
We visited here whilst on tour in the region and were pleasantly surprised with the cleanliness and the simple but very tasty menu and we readily recommend it to you.
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