Earthship Fife Visitor Centre
The Earthship Fife Visitor Centre is Scotland’s first Earthship, and indeed the first in the UK! The construction programme started in July 2002 during an intensive 8-day building programme with American Earthship builders, including Earthship pioneer Michael Reynolds, and 11 trainees from across Scotland and England. From July 2002 - 2004 more than 200 volunteers completed the Earthship during weekends and work experience days.
The Earthship was launched and officially opened on 21st
August, 2004. The Earthship has been granted full planning
permission and now has a permament building warrant, giving
validation to Earthship building techniques in Scotland.
Although the building is used as a demonstration centre
housing standards were applied when going through the planning
and building warrant processes..
This unprecedented building process and legislative procedure has been documented by SCI and is available in video, DVD and booklet formats - - visit our shop. What is an Earthship?
The Earthship Fife Visitor Centre overlooks Kinghorn Loch, (at a site shared with Craigencalt Ecology Centre), where it serves as an educational and research building. SCI is running an on-going monitoring programme to assess an Earthship's performance in Scotland's climate.
As of 30th November,
Fife Visitor Centre will be
closed to drop-in visitors for the winter. If you would
like to visit, you can book a guided tour - see below for
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 around an hour and the cost is £25
for up to 4 people and £5 for each additional
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.
Concessions available on request. Please email the details below to arrange a tour in advance or call us on 01592 891884.
Please see our directions page to find
the Earthship Visitor Centre.
The Earthship and Mongolian Yurt are also available as a unique meeting place for groups and organisations.
Please email your
requirements and we will get back to you as soon as
possible. Please provide the following information:
organisation (if applicable)
how many would like to take the tour and age range
preferred date and time of visit
anything that is of particular interest