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 University – http://www.childrensuniversity.co.uk/ – come along with your child and their Passport to Learning and we will give them a stamp.
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
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
The Earthship will be open on the days advertised below.
We are currently not offering the (long) guided tour.
Smartphone users can listen to the audio tour.
The visitor centre volunteer can answer questions but these conversations will be held outside and socially distanced.
(The above audio tour is also available when the Earthship is not open, but then visitors will not be able to go inside the Earthship to see all of the things described, however photographs are provided with the audio tour)
Visitors should be check and follow the CURRENT government guidelines in Scotland (social distancing, hand washing/disinfecting, face coverings etc.) (Scottish Government Coronavirus COVID-19 Phase-3 staying safe and protecting others). This “Visiting Earthship Fife” webpage may not be fully up-to-date as a result of changes to the guidelines at any time.
The government has published specific guidance for customers. We expect visitors to take responsibility for their safety and the safety of others and follow these guidelines: Scottish Government Coronavirus COVID-19 guidance for consumers
Below we list a very short summary of few general guidelines to keep in mind when visiting the Earthship:
- face covering must be worn indoors.
- visitors should avoid touching surfaces as much as possible.
- ONE other households at a time indoors in addition to the visitor centre volunteer (up to 6 people in total).
- The visitor centre volunteer can meet a maximum of 4 other households in total (whether indoors and/or outdoors) per day.
- ONE other households at a time (in addition to the visitor centre officer). No more than 6 people in total at a time.
Please email us if you want to visit the Earthship, to let us know:
- how many households and how many people are in your group (we expect you to keep a record of contact details of the members of your groups for Contact Tracing purposes)
- the approximate time that you expect to be at the Earthship
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.
- Saturday 12 September – 11am – 4pm
- Wednesday 16 September – 1 – 4pm
- Saturday 26 September – 1 – 4pm (SCI AGM on Zoom from 11am)
- Saturday 3 October – 1 – 4pm
- Wednesday 7 October – 1 – 4pm
- Saturday 17 October – 1 – 4pm
- Wednesday 21 October – 1 – 4pm
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.
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. Under the Coronavirus restrictions we cannot offer full guided tours at present. 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.
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.