Visitor Information

HOW TO FIND US

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

Ferry timetables, service updates and ticket sales can be found at calmac.co.uk. You are advised to book your ferry tickets in advance, and in bad weather, do keep an eye on service updates!

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.

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).

SKYE FOREST GARDEN MAP

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 Rubha Phoil, you willingly accept responsibility for yourself and for your safety.

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. Sorry we cannot allow dogs on our land or accommodation.

ARRIVING

If you have not booked and paid online, please bring enough cash to pay for your accommodation.

Check in: 4pm – 8pm (16.00 – 20.00)

Important: If you need to arrive outside of these times, please phone 07393830403 so that we can arrange for someone to be here to greet you.

Please check out by 12 noon.

Reception

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 the bottom of the drive and you will be shown a place to park. If needed, you may drive up the track to unload and bring it back down again.

As we have only a single-track road, you will then need to take your car down to our car park at the bottom of the track. Look for the sign and arrows and park beside the wall.

WHAT TO BRING

  • 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!
  • Please bring your own bedding as this is not provided.
  • A torch would be sensible.

ON-SITE FACILITIES

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 drinking water and compositing toilets on site, but no electricity. We sell firewood for camp fires.

Each of our cabins is unique and offer a different experience. For detailed information about our accommodation facilities please read the Camping and Accommodation page.

LOCAL FACILITIES

  • Within a five-minute walk you will find a small off-licence and general store, a Post Office and farm shop.
  • There is a petrol station at the Post Office.
  • There are two lovely cafes nearby, one in Ardvasar (walk through the village, past the pub and you will come to it!) and one at the Post Office/farm shop.
  • The Ardvasar Hotel (pub and restaurant) is a ten-minute walk away.
  • 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.

Please see Visit Sleat for more information about local facilities.

PUBLIC TRANSPORT

You can plan your journey using traveline.info.

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.

We strongly recommend you plan ahead, using traveline.info.


FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Where is the nearest town?

Broadford is the largest village nearby. It is 20 miles away and has a small supermarket.

Do you have microwaves?

No. Some of our cabins have kettles and toasters, and the Wigwam has a basic outdoor kitchen with water and a gas hob. Please see this page for detailed information about our facilities.

How do I book a cabin?

Please read the Camping and Accommodation page, and contact us to book.

Can I bring my campervans?

No. Unfortunately we are unable to accommodate camper vans and motorhomes.