We are Black Isle Permaculture & Arts (BIPA), an ecological household, garden and woodland. Situated on the beautiful Black Isle, 13km north of Inverness in the Highlands of Scotland. Run by Clive and Julie, we offer off grid tourist accommodation, workshops and volunteering opportunities covering a variety of topics focused on growing food, gardening with nature and living lightly on the planet.

Our aim is to create a welcoming and accessible place where visitors can see how the ethics, principles, nature connection and design processes which make up ‘Permaculture’ have been applied and how they relate to the physical site and the way we live here, and hopefully take something away that will inspire them to make positive actions! By sharing our story and our journey we hope to contribute to the change towards a regenerative and sustainable future.

OUR ACCOMMODATION

Siskin Cabin

We invite you to stay in our bespoke timber cabins. Combining environmentally friendly features, artistic touches and rustic charm the cabins are ideal for eco conscious travellers who want to experience simple living! Siskin Cabin is available to book here, or message us to book direct. You can also find us on sustainable holiday planner Holiable.com

SHARING AND LEARNING

In 2.5 acre’s of garden and woodland, we live a creative, sustainable and resilient lifestyle by the three principles of People Care, Earth Care and Future Care: a place where people can visit, stay, learn and share. We’ve been a Permaculture Learning And Network Demonstration (LAND) Centre since 2018 and are using our gardens to show the possibilities of Permaculture on a domestic scale.

VISIT OR VOLUNTEER

We 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. We also welcome visitors by appointment, and hold open days and workshops throughout the year.

The household and gardens here are being transformed using Permaculture 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 worked to create a place where we can live in a harmonious ecological balance which provides us with many of our needs: food, a comfortable place to live and stay, a livelihood, but also biodiversity and habitats for wildlife, and a place to share what we are learning. 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, either through composting, wormeries, mulching, reusing/upcycling materials, and wood processing for fuel.

On-site, we have built a compost toilet and a Yurt for use during events and workshops, and two eco cabins for guests wanting a simple, off grid, low impact holiday. We have used natural and organic materials to eco renovate the bungalow and installed renewable energies such as solar PV, solar hot water and biomass heating, as well as energy efficiency measures to reduce our energy consumption and carbon footprint. We have an arts and crafts studio where we work to create artwork and handmade products.

Please contact us at hello@blackislepermacultureandarts.co.uk if you’d like to visit or for information about a slow and sustainable Permaculture inspired holiday! Look out for details of events on our Facebook page @BIPASCOTLAND.

  •   This was an unforgettable stay and we loved every minute especially having a tour of the site and an insight... read more

    thumb Georgia
    8/24/2021

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

    thumb Melissa
    7/28/2021

      We had a very lovely stay at Siskin woodland eco-cabin, which was/is exactly how described and quite idyllic. We dealt... read more

    thumb Keith
    8/01/2021

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

    thumb Ross
    7/12/2021
  •   Clive and Julie were great hosts, they thought of everything we would need and offered us recommendations of things to... read more

    thumb Andy
    8/04/2021

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

    thumb Mollie
    6/28/2021

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

    thumb Faye
    10/27/2020

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

    thumb Richard
    8/16/2021
  •   We enjoyed a lovely stay in the cabin. The area is so peaceful and relaxing with just birdsong and sheep... read more

    thumb Rachel
    6/02/2021

      A lovely rustic secluded spot, the cabin is wonderfully cosy with the easy to use wood burner. Nothing was too... read more

    thumb Debbie
    11/01/2020

      Our stay at the eco-lodge was so beautiful! Clive and Julie were really accommodating hosts, and were really helpful with... read more

    thumb Serena
    8/24/2020

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

    thumb Tiegan
    8/09/2021
  •   Fantastic little cabin, wonderful hosts and a great weekend. If you're couple looking for a cosy spot to light a... read more

    thumb Kavan
    10/18/2020

      Clive and Julies cabin is a beautiful place to stay in a great location. Communication was fantastic and were there... read more

    thumb Emily
    7/18/2021

      This is a unique and inspirational place to stay, where hosts Clive and Julie are truly putting into practice their... read more

    thumb Rose
    8/20/2021

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

    thumb Vicky
    6/05/2021