A vibrant programme of musical events will take place in the new café, Gasta at Armadale Castle.

In partnership with SEALL (Skye Events for All), Gaelic ‘supergroup’ Dàimh will perform on Saturday 26 May.

Taking their name from the Gaelic word for ‘kinship’, Daimh (pronounced Dive) have taken their contemporary take of Highland and Gaelic music to over 20 countries over the past two decades, setting audiences alight from Moscow to San Francisco. This intimate gig is bound to sell out early so people are advised to book early to avoid disappointment. Tickets are available through SEALL.

On Friday 15 June, Armadale hosts the annual Donald MacDonald Quaich Piobaireachd Competition. Five pipers from across Scotland will perform in the annual competition named in honour of the revered 19th century piping pioneer. The following day sees a recital by finalists from the Princess Margaret of the Isles Clarsach (Scottish Harp) Competition. Performances will include traditional and contemporary music, and will be judged by a panel of experts.

Traditional music is on the menu throughout the season as local musicians, including students from Sabhal Mòr Ostaig, will be performing regular live sessions in the Gasta café-bar. 

Family activities also feature highly on the programme for the Castle, Gardens and Museum. These include an Easter Treasure Hunt; regular family fun sessions in the Museum; and a programme of special family activities over the Spring Bank Holiday weekend.

Events programme at a glance
Thursday 29 March – 1 April, 10am – 5pm. Easter Treasure Hunt. Family fun in the gardens and museum, with prizes. £1.50 per child plus normal admission.
Thursdays 5 April, 12 April, 31 May, 10.30 – 12.00. Holiday and half-term family fun.
Drop in for art & craft activities, games and more. Free with Museum entrance ticket, donations welcome.
Saturday 26 May, 7.30. Dàimh, 20th anniversary tour concert
The Gaelic Supergroup perform a cosy set in Gasta café-bar. Tickets £15, concessions £13. Booking at www.seall.co.uk
Spring Bank Holiday family fun
Activities for all the family. Further details to be announced.
Friday 15 June, 7.30 pm. Donald MacDonald Quaich Piobaireachd (Piping) Competition
Tickets £8 (£4 concession), including buffet. Booking opens soon at www.armadalecastle.com
Saturday 16 June, 2 – 4.30 pm. Clarsach (Scottish Harp) recital
With competition judging. Tickets free. Booking opens soon at www.armadalecastle.com
PLUS regular live music sessions – for updates see Gasta at Armadale Castle Facebook page.