Wednesday, December 19, 2018
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New plans for the Armadale Castle, Garden and Museum of the Isle's future development are revealed today (Thursday 22 March).

Starting mid-April, a newly appointed Garden Project Manager will help develop new initiatives in the Historic Environment Scotland Designated Landscape.  Details will be revealed on the Armadale Castle website and Facebook soon.

The team has also been working on new plans for the museum. Consultants RAA, the team behind projects such as the revamp of the National Museum of Scotland, have been working with museum staff to review the offer and develop proposals for future development. Local residents, volunteers and partner organisations have all been involved in contributing ideas.  Building on these contributions, new plans will be drafted over the coming season to take the museum and visitor experience to the next level.

In addition, a feasibility study is currently being prepared for a joint venture with a specialist in historic property tourism. While in its early stages, the scheme has the potential to enable Clan Donald Lands Trust to significantly increase investment in the castle and gardens, and to undertake restoration of historic listed buildings on the estate. This is set to further enhance the venue’s role as one of Skye’s top visitor destinations.

Sue Geale, Museum Manager and member of the Management Committee, commented: "We have been working hard over the winter to put in place a number of exciting new initiatives. We’re particularly pleased to be partnering with local organisations such as SEALL and High Life Highland. It looks set to be another busy season and we’re looking forward to opening on Monday 26 March and welcoming both local friends and visitors from around the globe."

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