To contact Rubha Phoil, for camping or holidays:
+44(0) 73 93 83 04 03
To contact Earth Ways, call Ludwig Appeltans
+44(0) 7760 142 495

Armadale Pier, Ardvasar, Isle of Skye, IV45 8RS

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If you want to visit in person and haven’t booked or made an appointment yet, please visit this page first.


By Ferry: take the Mallaig-Armadale Ferry. Our entrance is to the left of the ferry port, on top of the rock.

Ferry timetables, service updates and ticket sales can be found at Summer and Winter. If you have a vehicle, you are advised to book your ferry tickets in advance. Foot passengers do’t need to buy a ticket in advance. Though, once in a blue moon, at very low tides when the moon is full or new, footpassengers are not allowed on the ferry. You can call them to ask, or just wait for the next one.
A few days before the journey, keep an eye on service updates!

By Bus: Bus times can be found here

By Road: Cross the Skye Bridge and continue on the A57. Before you reach Broadford, turn left onto the Armadale road (A851), heading south. Follow signs to Armadale Pier and ferries for about 20 miles – you’ll find us on the right, beside the ferry car park. There you can see a track going up the hill. Follow it 🙂

If you are coming from the north of Skye, come through Broadford, then take the Armadale road (A851) on the right and follow signs to Armadale Pier and ferries (about 20 miles).

About our site

Rubha Phoil is a beautiful place, but please be aware that this is not ‘glamping’! This is a living, working site managed by volunteers and following permaculture principles. We reuse and recycle everything we can and the overall feel is very much make-do-and-mend. We love it this way and we hope you will too.

Our paths are often muddy and due to the fact that this is a lightly-managed woodland, there are natural trip hazards such as tree roots throughout the walkways. The pathways also pass cliff edges, and you may climb down to our rocky shores.You are advised that in visiting nature at Rubha Phoil, you willingly accept responsibility for yourself and for your own safety.

Sorry we cannot allow dogs on our land or accommodation. We grow food on our site and we don’t like dog pee or poo on our plate. Our animals, domestic and wild are really scared of dogs.


If you have not booked and paid online for your tent pitch, please bring enough cash to pay for your accommodation. Cabin bookings always need to be paid in advance.

Check in: 4pm – 8pm (16.00 – 20.00)

We are happy to accommodate arrival outside of these times: If you need to arrive outside of these times, please phone or txt00447393830403 so that we can arrange for someone to be here to greet you.

Please check out by 12 noon.


When you arrive, come up to Reception at the large blue building at the top of the track. If you have booked your accommodation, a volunteer will be here to greet you.

Cars and Parking

If you have a car with you, you may park at our own private car park. This is located between ‘Ragamuffin’ and ‘Under the Rowan’. You will see the signs. If needed, you may drive up the track to unload and bring it back down again.

To keep the feel of living close to nature, we try to keep our land car free. SO please take your car down to our car park at the bottom of the track.


  • Decent boots are a must – our paths are often muddy.
  • Waterproof clothing – weather can range from sunshine to storms in a matter of hours here on Skye!
  • If you booked our cabin, please bring your own bedding. If this is a problem, let us know, we will help.
  • A torch would be sensible as we do not have street lights. We think that on a clear moonless night you will understand why. Prepare for a unique experience. Maybe even Northern lights!
  • Binoculars if you are into watching nature and landscapes


We are a back-to-basics site with limited facilities. We have a small shower block and eco-composting toilets (please note that we don’t have flushing toilets).

Our campsite is very basic, with lots of drinking water taps and compositing toilets on site, but limited charging points. Our cabin is fully equipped with electrical heater, toaster, kettle, lights and charging plugs.

We sell firewood for camp fires at a reasonable price.


  • Within a five-minute walk you will find a small off-licence and general store and a Post Office, open only on normal office hours.
  • There is an (expensive) community trust owned petrol station at the Post Office.
  • There is pub nearby, in Ardvasar (walk through the village, past the pub and you will come to it!) (update, this is closed for refurbishment but planned to reopen in Spring 2018)
  • The wonderful Am Praban Bar at the Ornsay Hotel is a 15-minute drive. They serve great food and often have live music.
  • The nearest supermarket is Co-Op in Broadford, 20 miles away, or Mallaig, the other ferry port.

Please see Visit Sleat for more information about local facilities.

Local events

This google calender lists the local events:


You can plan your journey using

You can catch a train to Mallaig on the mainland, then get a ferry from Mallaig to Armadale. We are right beside the ferry port.

Bus services run from Inverness and Glasgow to Broadford, the nearest town. From Broadford you can get a bus or taxi to Armadale.

What about public transport to the rest of Skye?

Buses run from Armadale Pier and the local Post Office to Broadford. From Broadford you can catch buses to other parts of Skye.

Note that bus times are subject to change at different times of the year, with a very limited service in winter. There are no buses from Armadale on Sundays.

Hitch hiking on the Isle is easy, and you get a chance to meet local people with treasure troves of off the beaten track information.

We strongly recommend you plan ahead, using