Plain Sailing

Our Guide to Armadale

Armadale Marina

Armadale marina is a secluded anchorage on the south of Skye which is primarily a private anchorage for the customers of the local yacht charter company - although there are a small number visitor berths which you should call or radio through to check availability.

Once you’re moored up, there are toilet and shower facilities, as well as complimentary wifi, electricity and water, which arrives courtesy of a huge floating hose.  In addition, fuel can be arranged by contacting reception.

The marina lies close to the CalMac ferry harbour which links Skye to Mallaig on the Socttish mainland – during summer there up to 18 ferries a day, so care should be taken when approaching.


Armadale is sometimes referred to as being the ‘back door’ to Skye, since it offers a ferry connection from the Scottish mainland – which is a more traditional (and exciting) way to arrive on the island than via the road bridge. 

Despite the ferry connection, Armadale is a coastal hamlet as opposed to a bustling port town - it’s situation on the southern reaches of the island mean that it feels remote and secluded, and the surrounding countryside and coastline offer spectacular and unblemished views.  Indeed, some say that the views at the Aird of Sleat are the most magnificent in Scotland!

Armadale itself boasts a decent beach and cliffs - where you may even find intrepid surfers and climbers during the summer months - and a castle (where you’ll find the Clan Donald visitor centre – see below) as well as a couple of gift shops principally for ferry passengers and The Shed, a great little restaurant offering everything from seafood to ice-creams.

Things to see and do

The Clan Donald visitor centre is one of the biggest and best tourist attractions on the Isle of Skye, and is based in Armadale Castle which overlooks the bay and is just a few hundred metres from the marina or ferry port.  As well as interactive history exhibits and woodland walks in the large manicured grounds, the centre offers a café, lodgings and can arrange shooting tours.

Aside from this, walking around the local area can reveal lots of rare wildlife, including red deer and golden eagles. Seals, otters and whales are common around the beach area and a definite treat for anyone to see.

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Eating and Drinking

The Shed is the best place in Armadale for food. A small, cosy little restaurant, it offers great café style food and fish and chips at a decent price. The staff are always super friendly and make sure that you get exactly what you ask for. The food here is fresh and of the best quality. Ice cream is a must!

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Getting to the Marina

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By Air

The nearest airport is Inverness.

From Glasgow International Airport you can get the shuttle bus to Glasgow Queen Street Station and the train to Mallaig. Prestwick Airport is a little further away and a same day transfer by public transport is not usually possible, so consider routing via Inverness as above.

From Edinburgh Airport take the train or bus to central Glasgow and proceed as above. The Airport/Edinburgh City centre will be served by the long awaited trams from May 14.

By Train

By train to Mallaig, via Fort William, and then by ferry directly to Armadale, just 100m from our boats.

By Car

By car directly, over the Skye bridge at Kyle of Lochalsh or by the relaxing and scenic ferry crossing from Mallaig. The A830,"Road to the Isles" is now a smooth and picturesque journey.Both routes take the same time (about 2 ¼ hrs.) from Fort William. Allow a minimum of 4 hours total driving time from Glasgow, 2 ¼ from Inverness


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