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The trails of Clan Donald Skye take you on a gentle wander through the woodlands and farmland surrounding Armadale Castle. There are stunning views both out over the Sound of Sleat and westwards towards the Small Isles and the Outer Hebrides.There are over 5 miles of mostly gentle walking on good paths, but we would still recommend some sturdy footwear. If you are feeling fit we can suggest another couple of routes that give you an even greater overview of Sleat within the 20 thousand acres of the Estate of Clan Donald Skye.

First, might we recommend you pick up a good packed lunch to fortify yourself on your chosen route. The Café at Clan Donald Skye can provide an excellent selection of sandwiches, drinks, home-baked cakes, quiches, and fresh fruit to keep you well topped up. As you leave the Café why not make the first part of your day an exploration of the elegant gardens of Armadale Castle at Clan Donald Skye, remarkable for their existence at this northerly latitude. This is mainly due to the benign influence of the Gulf Stream.

The Trail Guide [pick up a copy at the gatehouse] will take you through the Red and Blue Route woodland trails, leading out of the formal gardens, giving you directions plus some very useful history, geology and botany to help interpret your route and understand how the Estate developed over the centuries. The Guide will also give you approximate walking times for you to judge when you might need to stop and refresh yourself with a nice cup of tea back at the Café.

If you are feeling reasonably fit why not make the effort to walk up to Armadale Hill where you will be rewarded by one of the most spectacular panoramic viewpoints on Skye - stretching from the majestic Cuillin ridge in the west to the magnificent Knoydart peninsula on the mainland – the most remote part of the United Kingdom. The path is generally good and should not present someone of average fitness a problem to reach the top.

If these walks have whetted your appetite for more why not head for the delightful beach at Camas Daraich at Point of Sleat [link to interactive map] or the beautiful ancient woodlands of Coille Dalavil, a designated Site of Special Scientific Interest. [link to interactive map]

If the weather is not co-operative why not visit the fascinating Museum of the Isles at the back of the gardens where you can learn about the history of the Highlands and Islands, and even do a spot of genealogical research.



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