Skye Bahá’í Structure Project
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Baha'i Community of Skye Central
Ŕite Sěthe* Bahŕ’ě Project at Rubha Phoil in Sleat.

*Gaelic “Place of Peace”

Dear Friends,
Welcome to our Web pages. Here you will find information and pictures relating to our new devotional structure on Rubha Phoil in south Skye as well as a diary of events showing the progress of the project.
Each picture on this site will open in a separate window, which can be closed by clicking on the "X" in its top right corner. To view the pictures, just click on an image to get a larger version. (Netscape & Mozilla users: will need to wait for the pages to finish downloading before opening the images.)

Where are we?
As can be seen by clicking the left hand map, Skye is situated off the west coast of Scotland (accessible via bridge or ferry). There are five Bahá'í community areas on the island, with most of the Bahá'í population being in Skye Central. The building is actually being erected in the Bahá'í community area of Sleat (which is currently unopened*), the southern finger of the island. Sleat is easily accessible by ferry from Mallaig. Rubha Phoil is on the headland next to the Armadale ferry terminal near the southernmost tip of Skye and the layout of the site can be seen by clicking the right hand image.
*Since writing this we are delightd to announce that there has been a first declaration in Sleat.

Dear Friends,
This project breaks down naturally into four stages: Planning, Preparation, Construction, and Completion. However, for the time being I have combined the first two into one page – this may change later. We are very excited about this project, which we understand is a first in the UK – the first dedicated Bahá'í structure to be built for devotional use (but, please note, NOT a temple). (The only other purpose built structure we know of is the wee waiting room at the Resting Place of the Guardian in London.)

Thank-you for visiting us. If you would like to be kept up to date with this project, please click here and let us know.

With best wishes,
Chris Manvell
We would especially like to thank the Bahá'í Communities of Barnet and Kensington & Chelsea for their generous support, without which this project could not have gone ahead in such a timely manner.

We must also give a special thanks ot Mike Smith for the many hours he devoted to the design and manufacture of the parts of the structure, and for bringing it up from Devon to Skye and reassembling it on site – a real labour of love.

The pictures are (from left to right):
  1. The entry track up to Rubha Phoil, with the retail facility in the centre of the picture.
  2. The workshop, the oldest building on the site) was constructed using almost completely recycled building materials.
  3. The Rubha Phoil "eco-house", timber construction and requiring very little energy.
    Electricity is generated by a small windmill and sufficient to light the house in the evenings.
  4. Part of the path through the Woodland Walk, early spring.
  5. Another part of the Woodland Walk, with a few early bluebells (later they will form a solid carpet of blue).
  6. Sandy Masson, owner of Rubha Phoil, collecting herbs for cooking (she also grows herbs for their healing properties).