Rubha Phoil Forest Garden is an idyllic 16-acre wooded peninsula situated close to the Armadale – Mallaig ferry on the beautiful Isle of Skye. This area is known as the Garden of Skye because of the lush vegetation and mild climate.
Our Forest Garden, features a popular woodland walk, which meanders through herb and vegetable gardens culminating at a headland with stunning views and a wildlife hide, overlooking our two island animal sanctuaries – home to otters, seals and many visiting birds.
Great for families, we are situated between two safe and sandy shallow bays with stunning and coastal views and a beach cave for campfires.
We were awarded charitable status because of our permaculture ethos and educational information. We will be offering courses throughout the year on various rural skills.
Our approach is organic and certified by the Soil Association so all the food grown is free from artificial chemical fertilisers and pesticides. In our gardens you will also find low-key bilingual interpretation signs giving info on organic growing along with the nutritional and medicinal uses of vegetables and herbs which were traditionally used by the Gaels. For those of you interested in learning more about gardening, our Alchemy Centre provides practical information on the importance of worms in our soil, composting and recycling. There is usually an enthusiastic gardener around to answer any questions you may have!
You can also feed the rescue hens, which provide your eggs! The award winning local seafood café is just two minutes away. We supply them with our sprouting bean, herb and flower salads.
Quiet dogs welcome! All dogs must be quiet and kept under control at all times as we have cats, hens and other campers with children.
We are just a 20-minute ferry journey from Mallaig and main line train and bus connections. For Harry Potter fans – this train takes you across the Glenfinnan Viaduct – and you can even travel from Fort William on the same train used in the film!
“A fabulous place, peaceful, lots of seals. The adventure playground was really appreciated by my child – even though he is 23 years old!!!”
“Thank you very much for the wicked walk! Thank you for what you have done. You have put so much hard work and time into making this is a wonderful place to come. I especially like the little paths, netting and the rope swings and looking at the seals.” Lucy Gardner (age 15)
”A breath of fresh air, in more ways than one” Claire O’Mallory, Co. Clare, Republic of Ireland