Rubha Phoil is more than just the location of a campsite - it's home to a walk way, a permaculture and a vision for the future

Owned by Ludwig Appeltans (pictured below), Earth Ways at Rubha Phoil is based in Armadale, close to the ferry.  

An open day was held today (Saturday 7 October) to allow members of the public to come along and learn more about the young permaculture community.

The future of Rubha Phoil is a little uncertain, as funds need to be raised for a remaining purchase fee for the land.

In an attempt to raise funds, it is hoped to create a building plot which will then be put up for sale once planning has been approved.  

Ludwig stated: "I want to calculate how many people the land can sustain. I think there is enough potential to create resources on and from the land to sustain 3 small families or about 12 people.

"I intend to sell a plot of land to one family that want to be part of the permaculture community so that they can own their own land and build their own home.  I intend to allow other people, with less or no money to join in other ways too.

"Together we would manage our commons, and create abundance to share both within Rubha Phoil and with the wider community.

"My aim is to develop an environment in which we can make a living off the land. There are possibilities in food growing, herb growing, tourism, shops, teaching, workshops, shops, cafe, nature exploration, nature connection holidays for families and small groups, courses and workshops, mountain guides, organising tours..."

Those who attended the open day had an opportunity to see the plans for the future and find out how they could get involved.  

The two sows, Alice and Rita, thought it was too rainy to put in an appearance.  

The open day also saw the presence of a very tame robin, named Alexander!  

The beautiful views from the campsite look across to Mallaig and the two nearby islands.  

Ludwig is keen to encourage visitors to head to Skye on foot - catching the train from Glasgow to Mallaig and then the ferry across to Armadale.