Welcome to Black Isle Permaculture & Arts (BIPA), Clive and Julie’s ecological household, garden and woodland on the beautiful Black Isle, 13km north of Inverness in the Highlands of Scotland. As well as being our home, we offer eco friendly tourist accommodation, occasional workshops, creative residencies and volunteering opportunities focused on regenerative living and gardening with nature.

The household and gardens here are being nurtured using design and techniques to create a balanced ecosystem for people, plants and animals while also adapting to the unfolding climate and ecological crisis. We have a mosaic of meadows, forest gardens, mixed woodland, wildlife pond and bog garden, a kitchen garden growing vegetables, salads, herbs, fruit, polycultures of wild flowers for insects and pollinators, and some free range hens. We use organic and no dig methods to create healthy soil, working with closed loop systems so nothing is wasted, for example composting, wormeries, mulching, reusing/upcycling materials, and wood processing for firewood and construction.

OUR ACCOMMODATION

We invite you to stay in one of our unique woodland eco cabins. Combining environmentally friendly features, artistic touches and rustic charm, the Green Tourism Gold rated cabins are ideal for eco conscious travellers who want to experience simple living! We have two eco friendly cabins sited in our small woodland, called Siskin and Coll Cabin (pronounced ‘Col’) The names are derived from the place and nature around them. Siskin is a small bird which is common around the woods, and the title of the Edwyn Collins print hanging in the cabin (which was in a calendar given away when we were in Glasgow!). Coll is Hazel in the Ogham ancient medieval tree alphabet, and the name Kilcoy derives from the Gaelic ‘Cu coille’, meaning ‘nook/neuk of the hazel wood’. In Celtic mythology Hazel is associated with wisdom, creativity and knowledge.

SISKIN CABIN

Siskin Cabin sleeps two in a double bed, and is a compact, cosy space with a woodburner, dining/seating area, cooking facilties, a bucket shower and compost toilet, and a tranquil outdoor deck looking over the woods and fields.

COLL CABIN

Coll Cabin is our slightly larger space, also sleeping two in a comfortable double bed, but with a larger living space, woodburner and also a desk/workspace area if you are looking for a relaxing and creative space.

  •   Clive and Julies cabin is set in a beautiful permaculture full of thriving forestry and gardens! This place is serene... read more

    thumb Melissa
    28 July 2021

      We had an amazing week staying at the cabin while we explored the Scottish Highlands. Clive and Julie were super... read more

    thumb Naomi
    25 July 2021

      We enjoyed a lovely stay in the cabin. The area is so peaceful and relaxing with just birdsong and sheep... read more

    thumb Rachel
    2 June 2021

      The cabin was in a lovely private area and was very comfortable. We were doing the NC500 and it was... read more

    thumb Richard
    16 August 2021
  •   Clive and Julies cabin is a beautiful place to stay in a great location. Communication was fantastic and were there... read more

    thumb Emily
    18 July 2021

      We absolutely loved our stay at Siskin Eco Cabin - it was the perfect getaway for us. The site is... read more

    thumb Priya
    25 June 2021

      Such a beautiful cabin, with thoughtful touches. Perfect place to explore from, our use as a cosy cabin to hide... read more

    thumb Faye
    27 October 2020

      "Siskin", the woodland eco-cabin was charming, well equipped, comfortable, a perfect location for varied walking- hill, coast, river bank .Clive... read more

    thumb David
    12 April 2022
  •   Clive and Julie were great hosts, they thought of everything we would need and offered us recommendations of things to... read more

    thumb Andy
    4 August 2021

      Fantastic stay! So relaxing and plenty to do near by. Clive was a perfect host and kept in touch to... read more

    thumb Vicky
    5 June 2021

      Would recommend to stay here again, Clive and Julie were great hosts.

    thumb Mollie
    28 June 2021

      Everything was perfect. Thank you Clive!

    thumb Stefano
    17 April 2022
  •   A lovely rustic secluded spot, the cabin is wonderfully cosy with the easy to use wood burner. Nothing was too... read more

    thumb Debbie
    1 November 2020

      We had a great stay at the eco cabin. Wonderful wood fired stove and atmosphere. Easy access to Rosemarie, Inverness,... read more

    thumb Ross
    12 July 2021

      Clive and Julie's woodland cabin was exactly what we'd hoped for and more. Everything was so well thought out and... read more

    thumb Clem
    17 June 2021

      My boyfriend and I had an amazing time in the cabin! We stayed for a couple of days and didn’t... read more

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    9 August 2021

We’ve been a LAND (Learning Action Network Demonstration) Centre since 2018, a welcoming place where visitors can see how the ethics, principles, nature connection and design processes which make up ‘Permaculture’ have been applied to the physical site and how we try to live more lightly on the planet here.

We sometimes host volunteers through the seasons as part of the WWOOF scheme, if you are interested in volunteering please see our profile on the WWOOF UK website (although we are having a pause from hosting volunteers for the time being)

We also welcome visitors by appointment, and hold occasional open days and workshops, follow us on Facebook or Instagram to keep up to date.

Please contact us at hello@blackislepermacultureandarts.co.uk for more info or to find out more about a slow and sustainable Permaculture inspired holiday! You can also find us on sustainable holiday planner Holiable.com. Look out for details of events on our Facebook page @BIPASCOTLAND.