Visit Earthship Fife

The Earthship Fife Visitor Centre is Scotland’s first Earthship, and the first to be built in the UK. It was completed in 2004, but construction started in 2002 with an 8-day training programme with Michael Reynolds. What followed was 2 years of fun, learning and hard work with 225 volunteers.

The Visitor Centre is a demonstration building where Earthship technology and approaches can be seen first hand. It is available for drop-in visits and guided tours. It is also a Learning Destination for the Children’s Universityhttp://www.childrensuniversity.co.uk/ – come along with your child and their Passport to Learning and we will give them a stamp.

Children's University logo

If you can’t make a visit just yet, the process of achieving planning permission and a permanent building warrant is fully documented in our Toolkit and DVD, available to buy from our online shop

ES Fife collage

NEW: When the Earthship is closed, you can still get information about the Earthship, including and audio tour on our local WiFi (this Wifi does not connect to the internet, but it has quite a lot of Earthship information)

Corona virus precautions

Due to the continuing COVID-19 restrictions we are currently unable to plan ahead when we can be open. As soon as the the Earthship can be open, the dates will be advertised below.

We can offer guided tours for groups, if your visit would comply with the current COVID-19 restriction level in Fife (and in your area, if different).

Opening times

The opening times are reduced and may change at short notice. Please check here before you come to visit. Alternatively, email us well in advance to arrange/confirm the time of your visit.

  • Wednesday 7 October – 1 – 4pm
  • Saturday 17 October – 1 – 4pm CLOSED COVID-19 restrictions
  • Wednesday 21 October – 1 – 4pm CLOSED COVID-19 restrictions
  • Wednesday 28 October – 1 – 4pm CLOSED COVID-19 restrictions

Please note that these times may change subject to volunteer availability; please check on this page in advance of your visit.

Feel free to drop by and have a look around, have a chat and ask questions, take an audio tour. There is no entrance fee but we would appreciate a donation to our charity – depending on the length of your visit and the level of advice you require.

OFFER: We offer a free copy of the Earthship Toolkit to visitors who leave a donation for the tour. Also a copy of our Plastics are Still Fantastic is available for children.

COSTS

If you want to get the full picture of how everything works, you can take a pre-arranged guided tour. These must be booked in advance. The tour lasts over an hour and the cost is £45 for up to 10 people and £5 for each additional person. Sustainable Communities Initiatives is a registered charity and the fee is used to cover the cost of a tour guide with more than 10 years of experience.

Concessions available on request.

University and college groups: For groups of less than 10, there is a minimum fee of £45; thereafter there is a £5 charge per person. For groups of 10 or more, teachers/lecturers go free.

We also do full days for college/university groups where groups spend the morning on an extensive tour with discussion and after lunch explore eco-building design through hands-on activities.

Example of cost: £240 (based on 10am to 4pm day at Earthship Fife)

Please complete the form below to arrange a tour in advance or email us.

VENUE HIRE

Beautiful scenery and a unique space, makes the Earthship a great place to hold a meeting or an event.

Included in the price are refreshments (tea, coffee, biscuits) and full use of the small kitchen area, equipped with kettle, crockery and cutlery. The Earthship also has a DVD player and a flipchart easel can be provided.

Cost: £15 for the first hour, £10 for each additional hour, £7.50 for each additional hour after 5 hours

Please click here for details of how to get to the Earthship Visitor Centre.

BOOKINGS AND ENQUIRIES

To book a tour of the Earthship, please check the dates above and complete the following form and we will get back to you as soon as possible.

Thank you!