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Armadale on Skye

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Armadale is a Village on the southeast of the Isle of Skye, 21 miles south of the Skye Bridge, 42 miles south of Portree, largest town on Skye. The Village is popular for a number of unique Shops around the Pier, Armadale Castle with the Museum of the Isles, and the Ferries from Mallaig on the Scottish Mainland, as many people visiting Skye want to do so by boat. Postcode: IV45 8RS

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The top images are of the Skyelark Gift & Craft Shop at the entrance to the Pier. The shop has a number of amazing Canvas Prints of Skye.

The third image is of Under the Rowan arts & crafts shop looking over the Pier.

The fourth image is of Ragamuffin knitwear & clothes also with views over the pier.

The Shed Cafe and Ferry Booking Office are at the Pier with views across to mainland Scotland.

Isle of Skye Leather Co is at the end of the Pier, with this image showing the larger of the two ferries, Lord of the Isles, that run between Armadale and Mallaig, about a 6 mile crossing, taking around 30 minutes.

Skye Leather specialize in handmade bags, belts, sporrans and more for tourists and online orders around the world.

The smaller Ferry named Loch Fyne also operates on the Armadale to Mallaig route with the two ferries being busy most of the summer. Ferry Website.

Armadale is a very small Village with the main attractions being Patricia Shone Ceramics, Cafe /Diner at the entrance to Armadale Castle, Museum of the Isles at Armadale Castle, and Torabhaig Distillery 4 miles north.

Armadale History

1400s - Clan Donald arrive on the Isle of Skye with Castles castles around the Island.

1650s - Clan Donald Chiefs began living on a large estate at Armadale, under one mile north of Armadale Pier.

1746 - Flora MacDonald from Armadale Castle helped Bonnie Prince Charlie escape by boat to Skye after the Jacobite defeat at the Battle of Culloden by Inverness. Charlie then made his way to safety in France.

1884 - the Skye Boat Song is published with the section - Speed bonny boat like a bird on a wing, Onward the sailors cry. Carry the lad that’s born to be King, Over the sea to Skye. Many people visiting the area want to travel to Skye by boat, as in the song.

1901 - the Train Station opened in Mallaig with the trip up from Fort William described as one of the top Rail Journeys in Scotland, over the largest Viaduct in Scotland.

A number of Steamers then began operating out of Mallaig, providing a ferry services throughout the Western Isles for locals and tourists. The main route out of Mallaig is to Armadale on Skye.

1925 - Armadale Castle was abandoned by the Macdonald's after it fell into disrepair.

1971 - Armadale Castle and 20,000 acre estate were acquired by the Clan Donald Lands Trust to serve as a tourist attraction.

1995 - the Skye Bridge was completed 21 miles north of Armadale. The Ferries from Armadale have since remained busy, as many people still prefer to travel to Skye by boat.

Fort William to Portree on Sky by the Bridge is about 108 miles. Fort William to Portree using the Mallaig to Armadale Ferry is about 90 miles.

2002 - The New Museum of the Isles was completed on the grounds of Armadale Castle.

2017 - Torabhaig Distillery opened 4 miles north of Armadale, next to the main road leading north.

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