Welcome to Black Isle Permaculture & Arts (BIPA), an 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, workshops, creative residencies and volunteering opportunities focused on regenerative living and gardening with nature. We’ve been a LAND (Learning Action Network Demonstration) Centre since 2018, and our aim is to create a welcoming 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 some solutions to help all of us live more lightly on the planet. Clive & Julie look forward to welcoming you!

OUR ACCOMMODATION

Siskin Cabin

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! Siskin Cabin can be booked here, or message us for details. You can also find us on sustainable holiday planner Holiable.com

SHARING AND LEARNING

In 2.5 acre’s of garden and woodland, we try to live a creative, regenerative and resilient lifestyle guided by the three principles People Care, Earth Care and Future Care: a place where people can visit, stay, learn and share. We have worked to create a place where we can live in a harmonious ecological balance which provides us with many of our needs: healthy, organic 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.

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, follow us on Facebook or Instagram to keep up to date!

The household and gardens here are being transformed 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.

We have built a compost toilet and a Yurt, plus two woodland eco cabins for guests wanting a simple, off grid, low impact holiday. We have used natural and organic materials to eco renovate the interiors of 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 for more info or to find out more about a slow and sustainable Permaculture inspired holiday! Look out for details of events on our Facebook page @BIPASCOTLAND.

  •   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

      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
    6/17/2021

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

    thumb Priya
    6/25/2021

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

    thumb Naomi
    7/25/2021
  •   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

      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

      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
  •   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

      Great place and host, lovely quiet setting in a forest. Get the breakfast hamper it's really good!

    thumb Dave
    6/12/2021

      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
  •   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

      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

      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

      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