Armadale is small village which is located on the North coast of Scotland and forms part of the parish of Farr, in the county of Sutherland. The village consisted of around 7 houses which were built in the 1800’s and was considered as a clearances settlement in the past. The northern coast of Scotland is considered as the most remote places in Europe, it is rugged with little beaches in between and when the sun comes out, the water in the area is icy cold. However Armadale is considered as one of the most peaceful places in the world and it has a fascinating beauty. Armadale is considered as an important yacht charter base in Scotland and is often called the ‘’Skye back door’’ due to its proximity t o the Isle of Skye which is also a few nautical miles away. Armadale itself has grown beyond the ferry terminal that first focused development in the area. To the north of the ferry terminal is the beautiful Armadale Bay which is home to most of the active moorings and marinas. The Armadale Bay is also home to a respectable beach at low tide, again with superb views. For most of the visitors or yacht charterers in the area, a highlight to their visit is The Shed , which is a tiny cafe close to the landward end of the pier offers a surprisingly wide range of good food and drink and some excellent ice creams.
You can also enjoy some interesting shopping at Ragamuffin which is a clothes and gift shop on the shore near the terminal, and by the Bay Pottery and Armadale Pottery, where you will find some high quality pottery, jewellery, gemstones and more. If you choose to travel to the village and you will pass a white building with a castellated tower that was originally built as stables for Armadale Castle. Armadale Bay is considered as an ideal starting point to visit the Skye Island and also the Inner and Outer Hebrides. If the weather conditions are good, you will also have the opportunity to sail towards St Kilda, the Orkney Islands and the famous Shetland. During your sailing route, you will find numerous Puffins, seals, dolphins, whales, basking sharks, porpoises, otters and many sea birds, which can be observed and photographed. If you would like to spend time ashore you find plenty of hill walking opportunities and a number of castles and other places of interest to visit during your sail in the area. You can also enjoy some long walks barefoot in the sand where you will find some beautiful and remote beaches. Near most of the classic remote anchorages on the islands, you will also find a large variety of wonderful restaurants and pubs to choose from. Your sailing route around the Skye Island will lead you towards the Glen Shiel which is one of the most breathtaking experiences in the Highlands. You can also sail towards the beautiful Loch Duich which is the gateway to a unique and inspiring landscape.
On your route you will find the stark rise of the jagged Cuillin ridge drops to the gentle white of a soft sand beach. Inlets, bays and islands create a complex lacework pattern with the sea. Tiny villages and historic keeps are familiar and fascinating. A place where time means nothing, and beneath every footstep lies 500 million years of history. You will also have the opportunity to explore the picturesque village of Kyleakin which is also a perfect starting point for any holiday on the Isle of Skye. At the Pier, beside the pontoons, you will find the Bright Water Visitor Centre. You can seize the opportunity to visit the Gavin Maxwell “/longroom”/ Museum, or Climb the Stevenson Lighthouse and Watch wildlife from the island hide. Sailing further afield, you will have the opportunity to visit the island of Bute which is a pretty little island about 15 miles long and less than 5 miles wide just off the west coast of southern Scotland. It was a popular holiday destination during Victorian times when the Clyde was booming. You may also visit the island of Harris which is a beautiful island dotted with spectacular scenery and a unique unspoilt atmosphere. In the west of the island, there are vast expanses of white sand whilst the north and east are rugged, rocky places which make you think you have reached the moon. There are very few trees so look out for those in Tarbert, Borve, Horgabost and Luskentyre and make the most of them. In the Bays area, the lunar landscape is indented with hundreds of little lochs and on a clear day you can see over to the Isle of Skye.