Archives & Library
The Clan Donald Library is housed in one wing of the Museum building. With over 7000 books it has one of the best reference collections in northwest Scotland. Covering all aspects of Scottish culture and history, the Library specialises in Highland history, clan genealogies and family history. Collections also include 17th and 18th century material on the Jacobites as well as an extensive range of antiquarian and modern maps relating to Skye and the Highlands.
Visitors to Armadale are welcome to make use of the Library during their visit, which also houses archive collections including Lord Macdonald’s Estate Papers. These papers, which comprise charters and land grants, rent lists, correspondence, estate maps and financial accounts, provide a framework for local history and genealogy research, particularly for Skye and North Uist. A charge is made for consulting this archive, which contributes towards the cost of conserving and developing it.
From Easter to October the Library is usually open 10am-12.30pm and 2.10pm-4.30pm, seven days a week. The Library may close for short periods when the Museum Manager is offering tours or other activities within the Museum. If you wish to consult the Library resources and are visiting on a schedule you are advised to book with the Library in advance.
Library contact details
Telephone number: 01471-844305