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“Wonderful Family Day Out”
Review of Clan Donald Skye

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Clan Donald Skye
Reviewed 6 August 2014 via mobile

My wife and I decided to take our two boys to the Clan Donald Estate for a day trip while visiting Skye. I initially thought the £16 for two adults was a bit steep but felt better when told my kids were free as they were under 5. After walking in I found a wonderful haven for my boys. We all thoroughly enjoyed the walks, the castle ruins, the museum, and last but not least the play park. All were exceptional. The views were awesome. We had lunch in the restaurant and it too was great. I must make a special mention about the museum. We have been to many but this was the first one to include an activity for children. My nearly 4 year old instantly became facinated with everything in the museum and he wasn't alone. Many other kids were the same. Great day out. We will most certainly go back and we can't recommend it more.

Stayed: August 2014, travelled with family
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Reviewed 31 July 2014 via mobile

We spent half a day in this place and it was a lovely visit. The restaurant has a good variety of food reasonably priced. The gardens are great. We did the treasure hunt and it was good fun for children and adult s alike although it was a bit over priced. The museum of the isles was interesting.

Stayed: July 2014, travelled with family
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Reviewed 30 June 2014

The lodges at Clan Donald Skye are self-catering units set on the beautiful Sleat peninsular with views across the Sound of Sleat. The lodges are just to the east of the Clan Donald Centre itself with the Museum of the Isles and ruin of Armadale Castle. They are accessed by a single track lane and sit about a third of the way up Armadale Hill. As well as the lodges, accommodation options include Foresters Cottage which looks to be a small house, and two suites above The Stables Restaurant.

The lodges look to be the prime location. They are wooden cabins that seem to have stood the weather test Skye throws at its buildings better than other structures have. From the outside they look good having the appearance of the cabin in the woods. The only disappointment is that some of them are only semi-detached. That they are all in a row makes them a little less spectacular.

The views are stunning. Immediately in front of the lodges is a sloping lawn that is apparently mowed every so often. It is a bit like a communal garden. Beyond the garden is a large sheep field, presumably part of the crofting land here. Looking further than the field takes the eye to the Sound of Sleat and a view across to the mountains on the mainland including the savage beauty of Knoydart.

The Clan Donald lodges are located right next to a woodland trail including one over Armadale Hill. It is a five minute walk to Armadale pier and a further ten minutes or so to Ardvasar. For more provisions including a supermarket it is about a twenty minute drive to Broadford.

The lodges are surprisingly well appointed. The Clanranald lodge can conceivably host seven people at a squeeze. It has bunk beds, twin beds, a double bed, and another bunk.

Sleeping is comfortable. The beds are easy to sleep in. One drawback is that there are no shutout blinds so the very long summer days can make it hard for some to sleep. The curtains are a little too flimsy to keep out the late night light.

The bathroom was clean and tidy. The shower worked with no problem, easy to use and easy to find the right temperature.

Kitchen includes a fridge, freezer, dishwasher, cooker, microwave. All work fine and are in good order. There is a large range of utensils though for a full sized saucepan it was necessary to put in a request.

The sofas in the living space are possibly ending their lifespan but everything else worked well. TV reception was perfect. Wifi worked quite well though occasionally took a long time, presumably when others in the lodges were also accessing it.

Wildlife is terrific. A dozen different bird species made their presence known including a buzzard flying high overhead one evening. Deer pass by very occasionally.

The Sleat peninsular is a magnificent part of the world. The lodges at Clan Donald are an excellent place to experience it.

  • Stayed: June 2014, travelled with family
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4  Thank Malarchy
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Reviewed 7 April 2014 via mobile

Lodges are really clean and tidy! Really safe environment for the kids, excellent walks and cycles, and rock pooling right on doorstep! Only disappointment is the restaurant and cafe not opened as yet! Have been in here before when it has been opened and it was great! If you are an outdoors type family, this is an ideal base for Skye!

  • Stayed: April 2014
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Thank JudeSpence
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Reviewed 3 November 2013

9 of us stayed in two log cabins on the grounds of the Armadale Castle. We had an off season rate, which was terrific, but even on normal rates, I think they are great value. They cabins are cosy, warm, well equipped, with stupendous views out of the living area and most bedrooms. The only thing we all could think of that would make them more perfect would be open fireplaces. We brought candles so it added a nice feeling to all that wood and the view to the sea in the dusk. The cabins were also super clean, with good shower facilities, unlike some properties of this nature. We brought breakfast supplies so at least on one of the mornings cooked breakfast together at one of the cottages. They had everything we needed for cooking purposes, even salt and pepper. A juicer may have been nice (since there is little to enjoy for breakfast around).

The beds were very comfortable, and even the rooms with two singles, were nice, we had to sleep with open window as the heater was too much for the night for such small room for two, but that is the least one would be concerned about. The access to Armadale Castle ruins, very cute museum which we all enjoyed and splendid gardens in all their autumn colours, are free if you stay at the cabins. We had morning tea at the Stables restaurant before heading back to Aberdeen, and it was nice, efficient and friendly. Highly recommended especially if you are a large group, it's splendid to have adjoining cottages.

  • Stayed: October 2013, travelled with friends
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3  Thank l-globetrotter
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Reviewed 12 September 2013

When we were touring South of the Isle of Skye we came across this place and as it had a visitors centre, plenty of parking space and a restaurant it seemed a good place to stop. The restaurant was quite big with windows overlooking the gardens. As it looked quite a posh restaurant we wondered if it would be overpriced but having ordered two scones with jam and cream, a coffee and a tea we found that the total was quite acceptable. The place was buzzing and it was obviously a popular place for touring buses to stop since there were a few parked in the car park.
The little visitor centre sold cards, soap and the usual touristy things but I like looking at these. I was tempted to buy some of the lovely scarf rings which were unusual and attractive. Great little place to stop off at and wind down over a cream tea.

  • Stayed: September 2013, travelled as a couple
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2  Thank Lynne N
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Reviewed 21 August 2013

A nice feature on the Isle of Skye landscape. The garden was well kept and makes for a nice walk. But the museum is the main feature. There is much in the museum for everyone; not just MacDonald clan information (Don't let the name put you off). The museum breaks down convoluted Scottish history nicely and simply. It's world class. There is also free audio available with nice extras. The setting is simply stunning, but do you expect anything else on the Isle of Skye ?.

Stayed: August 2013
4  Thank Peter H
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Address: Armadale IV45 8RS, Scotland
Region: United Kingdom > Scotland > The Hebrides > Isle of Skye > Armadale
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