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Scott Lodge Craggan Outdoors Clyde Muirshiel Regional Park Lochgoilhead National Activity Centre Abernethy Rock UK Adventures The Well Road Centre Badaguish Fordell Firs Auchengillan International Outdoor Centre Highland Adventure Centre Lapwing Lodge Craikhope Outdoor Centre Bonaly Outdoor Centre Wiston Lodge Ardenbeg Bunkhouse Urban Saints Lochinsh Broomlee Lendrick Muir Kelburn The Scottish Adventure Centre Lagganlia Landmark Cairngorms Christian Centre Compass Christian Centre Glenmore Lodge Meggernie Outdoor Centre Abernethy Barcaple Do It Outdoors Dunolly Adventure Outdoors FreeSpirits Ardmay House Outdoor Centre Glencoe Outdoor Centre


Scott Lodge is our purpose built outdoor centre situated in the beautiful Angus Glens. The lodge can be booked for weekends or mid-week breaks or longer. Situated in 2000 square metres of private ground on the east bank of the River South Esk at the head of Glen Doll, about 25 miles due north of Dundee, it is within the south east corner of the Cairngorms National Park. The Lodge provides accommodation for a maximum of 32 persons and is divided into one large dormitory which sleeps 24 and two separate rooms, off the main dormitory, sleeping 4 in each. The building is fitted throughout with double glazed windows, gas central heating and a fully fitted kitchen. It has recently been refurbished throughout to a very high standard and is fully accessible by disabled persons. More information about the lodge can be found on the website. Bookings are welcome from Boys Brigade Companies or any other groups or individuals wishing to enjoy the wonderful walks and scenery available in the area. Please visit Dundee Battalions website for more info.


Offering one of the widest ranges of outdoor activities available in the Scottish Highlands, Craggan Outdoors serves groups from two to sixty-plus people, either as day visitors for activities, or residential packages with bunkhouse accommodation. Bunkhouse and bothy are also available for group hire, separate to the activities. Our licensed Clubhouse Cafe welcomes all visitors, whether doing activities or just stopping in for a meal or a drink. At Craggan Outdoors the emphasis is on offering easy access to a wide range of fun and challenging activities, enabling visitors of all ages and abilities to enjoy their time with us, and to be pleased with what they have achieved. With the majority of activities available on-site - minimising your time spent travelling and helping minimise our impact on the environment - instructors that are chosen for their people skills as much as their technical abilities, bright and spacious bunkhouse and cosy bothy accommodation, as well as a welcoming licensed cafe, Craggan Outdoors provides everything required by the activity seeking


Come to enjoy the views, for a walk or a cycle through the woods, up the glens, over the hills, around the historic estates or along the loch shores. The Park is open everyday with FREE parking, way marked walks and nature trails. Each Visitor Centre has a Countryside Ranger Service, refreshments and a gift shop.For those feeling more adventurous, the Park provides a wide variety of outdoor activity courses and taster sessions such as sailing, canoeing, mountain biking, orienteering and hill walking. All ages can hire mountain bikes, row boats, kayaks and fun boats at Castle Semple.Why donâ€&#x;t you begin your exploration of 108 square miles of beautiful west central Scotland countryside? Join the people of Renfrewshire, Inverclyde and North Ayrshire who are already enjoying the countryside on their doorstep.


The Lochgoilhead National Activity Centre Set amidst magnificent West Highland scenery, the centre welcomes Scouts, Guides, youth organisations, clubs, special needs groups and students and staff from schools, colleges, and universities. We also cater for individuals and organisations interested in gaining National Governing Body training and awards. We provide a safe and exciting outdoor experience under the guidance of our friendly and enthusiastic staff.


'Living the adventure' is what we are all about. Our four Christian Adventure Centres in Scotland offer a huge range of exciting multi-activity courses and adventure weekends to all kinds of people, from schools and colleges through to churches, youth groups, businesses and individuals. We are a front-runner in providing top quality outdoor education for schools. Our qualified and professional Teams will make your holiday enjoyable from start to finish, whether you are on a snowsports training course, a summer camp or a school residential activity week. Many of our guests return year after year because of our friendly teams and warm hospitality.


Rock UK Whithaugh Park Adventure Centre is nestled away in the beautiful landscape of the Scottish Borders. We share our 110 acre slice of Scottish countryside with red squirrels, deer and a wide variety of other wildlife. At Rock UK Whithaugh Park we welcome a wide variety of groups and are a highly popular choice for schools, church groups, local authority groups and adult training organisations who want to use our excellent facilities to give their group a taste of adventure. The centre is perfect for outdoor learning – offering optional instructed activities (AALA licensed), Spotlight sessions and other great facilities. All this comes with comfortable residential accommodation with the option to be catered for or self catered in our excellent kitchen facilities. Rock UK Whithaugh Park is set just outside the beautiful rural village of Newcastleton, Scottish Borders UK yet still retains easy access to the M6/M74 motorway networks. At Whithaugh there is a real sense of freedom and flexibility in planning your programme, arranging catering and meeting the budget; all to help you achieve the very best for your group.


The Well Road Centre is a large victorian residence set in its own grounds within the lovely town of Moffat. It is situated in a quiet area yet is only a stroll from the shops and amenities of the town. It caters for the needs of youth groups, church groups, school groups looking for an activity or conference weekend or week. Walking or cycling clubs would find it a good base for exploring the area. The Centre is a suitable venue for residential workshops as well as being spacious accommodation for large families or multiple family gatherings/ re-unions.


Badaguish Centre, an outdoor activity centre located near Aviemore in the Cairngorms National Park, is designed especially for people of all abilities as a place for them to explore, learn and develop new and exciting skills. Located in forest at the base of Cairngorm Mountains at the heart of the Cairngorms National Park, Badaguish is an ideal place to experience some new activities or simply improve existing skills.


Fordell Firs

Fordell Firs is one of the three National Scout Activity Centres situated throughout Scotland. The centre covers 48 acres, consisting of camping areas, woods, rocky outcrops and a few cliffs.


A large International Outdoor Centre, Auchengillan can offer ideal accommodation for group bookings in a variety of modern buildings or camping in its extensive woodlands and sixty-five acres of grounds. Auchengillan - the home of many new and unique activities offers an action packed programme through the wide choice of activities on and off site, most of which are supervised by our own authorised instructors. Auchengillan enjoys an unrivalled setting in the central Scottish Highlands close to Loch Lomond. Surrounded by farmland, it offers panoramic views of the surrounding hills, mountains and lochs.


Highland Adventure Centre offers group accommodation and group activities in beautiful and peaceful Glenisla on the border of the Cairngorms National Park. Our building [built in 1888] is a „b‟ listed ex- hunting lodge overlooking the River Isla, a tributary of the mighty River Tay, and is able to cater for groups of 10 – 60. Since opening for business in 2001, we have had groups from the following categories: · · · · · · · · · · · ·

Corporate / Companies Community Projects Charities Youth Groups Guides And Scouts University Departments Schools Sports Clubs Friendship Circles Stag & Hen Groups Language Schools Art And Music Groups


Easy to get to, great fun while youâ€&#x;re there, Lapwing Lodge is an outdoor centre which offers a variety of activities. Our friendly staff are always on hand to assist you in any way they can and ensure you enjoy your visit. Whether your group wants to camp or self-cater indoors, Lapwing Lodge can accommodate you for a day visit, a weekend or longer. Lapwing Lodge is located on the Gleniffer Braes on the outskirts of Paisley, close to Glasgow, in the West of Scotland. We are a short drive from Glasgow City and Paisley Town Centres offering retail, leisure and entertainment outlets. Lapwing Lodge is situated 10 minutes drive from Glasgow Airport, Paisley Railway station and the M8 motorway.


Craikhope Outdoor Centre is situated in an open location on the edge of Craik Forest the surrounding area is remote, picturesque and unspoilt. The Centre is approximately 3 miles from the village of Craik and 15 miles from Hawick which is one of the main towns in the Border Area. As a major project by young people in Hawick involved in the Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme the original Craikhope Cottage was completely renovated to a high standard. The work was carried out in the main by voluntary labour and donations. To acknowledge the project the efforts put in, a visit was made to the building by HRH Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, on the 19th May 1976. In mid 1979 the Centre was extensively damaged by fire. The devastation was such that only the four outer walls of the building were left intact. Fortunately the old building had been well insured and this gave the unique opportunity to plan, design and build a new purpose built outdoor centre. The new centre was opened by Chay Blyth CBE BEM navigator of the world’s oceans, on the 12th June 1983. Today Craikhope Outdoor Centre is without doubt one of the finest centres in the United Kingdom. Surrounding the Centre are seven acres of land which are currently being managed as a small nature reserve. A small pond has been created by damming the burn, which lies quite near the centre. The Craikhope area is suitable for a wide range of outdoor activities including field studies, expeditions, orienteering etc. The surrounding forest also offers a number of marked mountain bike routes of varying length and difficulty. The Craikhope Outdoor Centre offers youth groups the ultimate in outdoor activities and accommodation.

15 The Centre while run by the Scouts open to all recognised Youth Groups from both the Voluntary and Statutory sectors. It is well used by school and college groups as well as young people from all parts of Europe and further afield. On this website you can plan your visit and find details and forms on how to book. We look forward to seeing you soon. Bonaly is a 26 acre site to the South of Edinburgh at the foot of the Pentland Hills. Situated in Colinton, with easy access from the City Bypass and only five miles (eight kilometres) from the City Centre. Bonaly Outdoor Centre is an ideal base for a visit to Edinburgh or as a stopping place when visiting Scotland. The site has both indoor accommodation and camping facilities. Many activities are available both on site and off site. From the slopes above the site there is a magnificent panoramic view across Edinburgh to the Firth of Forth and beyond.

16 Wiston Lodge is a place where guests are able to develop personal, social and work skills. We can design and supply programmes tailored to suit your group's needs, or provide the venue for your own programmes. We welcome residential and day visits, during the week and at weekends. Our staff work hard to provide everyone with a friendly welcome and a safe, comfortable stay. We take great pride in providing homemade food that delights all our guests. We cater for all dietary requirements, from Halal to coelics. More about the work we do

Experiential learning – learning by doing – is key to the Wiston Lodge approach. We want our guests to actively participate in the learning process, and to have fun doing so! Using outdoor adventure, environmental education, music and arts, we cover topics such as communication, trust, self-esteem and employability. More about Wiston Lodge Wiston Lodge is a former Victorian Hunting Lodge built in the 1850s. We are located near Lanark in Scotland, an hour from both Glasgow and Edinburgh and 10 minutes from the M74 (J13). Yet the house and grounds offer a remote rural experience, far from any shops and other distractions. There are a number of rooms suitable for group work, open fires to sit round, and a large games hall. Outside, the 52-acre estate is a rich mixture of woodlands, team-building activities, gardens and a campsite.

17 Base yourselves in the stunning Cairngorms National Park! Enjoy fabulous views, participate in numerous activities in the mountains, forests and on the rivers and breathe the clean, fresh air of a most stunning part of the Scottish Highlands. Ideal for groups, families, friends and pet friendly! Well established bunkhouse in Grantown-on-Spey near Aviemore, in the Cairngorms, and accommodating 1-24, in family/group rooms with private/en-suite facilities. Fully equipped, self-catering kitchens with dining areas & TVs. Families and groups appreciate the privacy of an extensive enclosed garden, play area, BBQ, bonfire pit. Drying room with dehumidifier. Catering service on request. Much more than just accommodation! Free wireless broadband - bring your own laptop. Ask Ardenbeg for instruction, equipment hire, mountain routes, weather forecasts & avalanche reports. Linen/sheet liners provided, bring your own towels. Equipment Hire and instruction - A full range of winter mountaineering equipment is available for hire at Ardenbeg


Since 1906 Urban Saints (formerly known as Crusaders) has been reaching out to children and young people with the good news of Jesus Christ. We do this primarily by resourcing & supporting volunteer youth & children's groups through our Energize resource package. WESTBROOK Westbrook is Urban Saints' own residential activity centre on the Isle of Wight for up to 100 people. It has a heated outdoor pool, basket ball, pitch ‘n' putt, volleyball, football, table tennis, pool and much more. CAE CANOL Cae Canol is set in a most beautiful spot in Snowdonia, and accommodates 30 people in a house and dormitory caravan. COMBRUITH Urban Saints owns Combruith Outdoor Centre, which is in the village of Comrie in the heart of Perthshire. It is surrounded by some of the most beautiful scenery in Scotland, and is close to Perth and Crieff. TWEEDSMUIR Tweedsmuir Outdoor Centre is Urban Saints' self-catering Centre in the Scottish Borders, taken over from the Borders Council.


WELCOME TO LOCHINSH Welcome to Loch Insh, the gateway to the Cairngorms National Park. Loch Insh is the ideal holiday destination or simply a great place for a family day out. A range of watersports are on offer including: sail sports, paddle sports, raft building, fishing, rowing and pedalo’s on the loch. Off the water we have archery, play parks, and a dry ski slope, great team building apparatus. Not forgetting stunning walks and mountain biking. The Boathouse Restaurant boasts a most spectacular view, looking south west and enjoys amazing sunsets most evenings. Anyone staying between April and October, has free use of the water sports equipment from 8.30 to 10.00 and from 4.00 to 5.30pm.


Why Choose Broomlee? Located 14 miles south of Edinburgh, Broomlee Centre still retains a truly rural atmosphere. Set within more than 30 acres of grounds at the foot of the Pentland Hills, the Centre offers a broad programme of activities to all visiting groups which include schools, youth groups, special needs, university, corporate and large events with more than 800 participants. Broomlee is a great base for walking trails in the Pentlands or mountain biking at Glentress. Bike washing facilities and secure bike storage can be arranged. Our Facilities Broomlee Centre has seven cedar wood accommodation buildings with versatile layouts to suit all group sizes. Single, twin, three, four and eight bedded rooms are available. En suite accommodation for teachers and leaders within each block allows for easier supervision of groups. Each accommodation building has a multi purpose room attached which can be used as music sectional space, meeting rooms, classrooms and games rooms. There is a private staff room with real fire available and large multi purpose hall with stage and seating for up to 200. Broomlee has a number of self-catering units available for those smaller groups who prefer to cook for themselves. The Centre has a dedicated barbecue area, popular in the summer months. Out & About Broomlee lies on the outskirts of the beautiful conservation village of West Linton. Village facilities include a post office, newsagents, bank, chemist, doctor’s surgery and eateries. A regular bus service connects to Edinburgh. West Linton is an excellent base for hill walking with trails to the Pentlands in the north and the border hills in the south.

21 Owned and run by Scripture Union Scotland since 1998, Lendrick Muir goes from strength to strength with exciting new developments and residential opportunities offered year by year. Situated just a few miles from Kinross the refurbished mansion can accommodate groups of all sizes (from 20-120) with four self-contained areas. It has comfortable lounges, meeting rooms, recreational areas, a huge sports hall, pool tables, table tennis and lots and lots of space. With lots of outdoor activities awaiting you and 120 acres of park and woodland for you to explore it all adds up to a great place to be.


History, Beauty, Mystery, Adventure The family home of the Earls of Glasgow, Kelburn has long been an inspiration for adults and a paradise for children. The castle, dating back to the 13th century, and still lived in by the present Earl and his family, is open to the public in July and August and provides an impressive background to exotic gardens, famous trees and many features of historical interest. The Kelburn Glen with its waterfalls and deep gorges is regarded as one of Scotland's most beautiful woodlands and leads to spectacular views over the islands of the Firth of Clyde.


With over 500 acres of playing zones our aim is to maximise your game play not the amount of paint you use. Our games scenarios are mission based and become increasingly more complex as you progress through each zone. Not extreme enough for you? At The Extreme Sports Centre we are delighted to bring you an adrenaline filled experience, which we feel is totally unique. Now you can experience all the fast paced action of paintball or airsoft with an extra edge. We pull out all the stops and fire up the floodlights in our themed Kill House. With pill boxes, towers, bunkers, vehicles, grenades, sniper rifles, and heavy machine guns; regardless of how many times you've played before we can guarantee you wont have experienced anything like this. 24

Lagganlia Centre provides high quality Outdoor Education courses and more advanced Adventures or Expeditions, within the astounding natural environment of the Cairngorms National Park. We specialise in residential courses (including school holiday summer camps) for all types of organised groups, Including: schools and colleges, business team building/away days, groups of families and friends and those wanting to undertake John Muir/Duke of Edinburgh, or similar awards. Lagganlia is set in peaceful Glen Feshie, in the Scottish Highlands between Aviemore and Kingussie and is easily accessible by air, rail and road (A9). Lagganlia is for anyone who is looking for opportunities to learn, grow and have fun in a truly stunning setting! Activities are led by our experienced, qualified and dedicated team and are uniquely designed around your needs and the outcomes which you want to achieve. This may be as part of a full board mid-week activity break, or a quiet weekend away.. We also offer activity days for those staying with us on a self catering basis and larger groups of day visitors. Join us for a self catering break (available with or without group activity days) in one of our forest lodges.


Where else in the UK can you rock climb, „skydive‟, flume ride, meet wild red squirrels face to face, walk through the tops of tall pine trees, watch logs being sawn on a steam powered sawmill, wonder at the sheer strength of a Clydesdale horse and learn all the secrets of Scotland's ancient Pine forest all in one day? The answer is Landmark! And we‟ve only just started telling you about what we have to offer….. Landmark is a truly awesome day out and easily a whole day's entertainment (educational too, but so fun you won‟t notice). The vast majority of these attractions are included in the great value Admission Ticket so it is easy to see why Landmark is one of Scotland‟s favourite family days out.



This is our Centre, which was known as the Badenoch Christian Centre for many years and it is in the tiny Highland village of Kincraig, now a part of the Cairngorms National Park in Scotland. We offer self catering accommodation for groups of up to 34 people in the main Centre while a separate flat can host up to 6 people. Our aim is to provide visitors with a comfortable place to stay whether they are here on a retreat, an Alpha course, for church weekends or weeks, or whether they are simply here to relax and re-vitalise. We see the centre as a good low cost alternative for groups and families and already welcome educational and activity groups as well as various church organisation from across the denominations. We will occasionally offer special rates - for example 'winter specials', details of which will appear in this website. So whatever your plan, be it activity holiday or quiet reflection, we hope you will visit us. We are pleased to offer spiritual content to your visit with us whenever it is required - just let us know when you book. So please, explore the site and we hope to be welcoming you here in this beautiful part of Scotland.


Compass Christian Centre is located 2 miles south of the Spittal of Glenshee (the Glen of Peace) on the tourist route to Braemar at the base of the Grampian Mountains. Glenshee offers some of the most majestic scenery in Perthshire, which is known as the heart of Scotland. The River Shee runs through the glen (and alongside the centre) providing our visitors with beautiful, peaceful surroundings. Within an hour's drive you can be in Dundee, exploring Captain Scott's ship 'Discovery'; Pitlochry with its woollen mills, salmon ladder and theatre or exploring Blair Castle; Perth has a theatre as well as skating and leisure centres. Going further afield you can visit historic Deeside with its many castles. We are only 7 miles from the ski slopes and some of the best walking and climbing in Scotland is on our doorstep.


We are Scotland's National Outdoor Training Centre located in the heart of Cairngorms National Park. Learn, develop or qualify in an adventure sport of your choice. Our goal is to inspire adventure by teaching beginners, coaching intermediate/advanced and delivering training and assessment courses for leaders and instructors. Our role is as a national resource to the outdoor industry and community. Whether you are an individual, company, freelancer or official body, we are here for you.


Meggernie Outdoor Centre offers a choice of self-catering indoor accommodation or camping in one of our many camping areas. The 15.5acre (6.25ha) centre is part of the 37,000acre (15,000ha) Meggernie & Lochs Estates where many visitor activities take place including Duke of Edinburgh / Queenâ€&#x;s Scout and Explorer Belt Expeditions. Whatever you choose you are guaranteed magnificent panoramic views of Highland Perthshire in Scotlandâ€&#x;s longest and loveliest glen. In addition to International Scout groups we welcome other youth, community and charity organisations.


31 Our Woodland Site has a real remote & wild feel about it. There is a fantastic diversity of flora and fauna over varied terrain.


Is a centre for everyone. Whether you are a group of friends, planning a stag or hen adventure, individuals, couples, a school, youth group, or a family, you can come along and have a great time.

33 Rafting in Scotland has to be some of the best in the UK, we can offer great days out for families, stag and hen groups, charity fund raising and corporate team building events. The rivers we use will depend on the time of year so we can offer a great experience all year.


Situated on the shore of Loch Long in the heart of Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park, Ardmay House Outdoor Centre is the ideal setting for multi-activity residentials. We aim to foster a positive, inclusive ethos promoting safe, active, healthy fun. A trip to Ardmay House is often pupils first experience away from home which can be daunting for parents and children alike, so at Ardmay House one of our main aims is to create a homely atmosphere where pupils can relax and have a great time whilst continuing to learn and experience new things. As well as catering to Primary and Secondary school groups, Ardmay House can be used as the ideal venue to run a weekend away for your club, music group or society. There is also the potential to hire the house as an exclusive-use venue for a gathering or event.

35 A very warm welcome awaits you at the Glencoe Outdoor Centre, set amongst the spectacular loch and mountain scenery of Glencoe in the Scottish Highlands, an area of outstanding natural beauty. Surrounded by fabulous terrain for adventure activities, with most available “on the doorstep�, we offer a broad range of outdoor pursuits, on both land and water. Established for over 21 years, with an experienced and skilled management team, we consider safety as paramount. All activities are carefully risk-assessed and are delivered in accordance with our operating procedures by instructors who are properly experienced and qualified for the relevant discipline. As holders of a licence issued by the Adventure Activities Licensing Authority, we are inspected annually Most of our courses for schools, churches, youth and family groups are based in our converted small country house, offering comfortable accommodation with a Christian family atmosphere, home cooked meals, hot showers, a cosy lounge and roaring log fire. It is also a perfect base for retreats and Alpha and church away weekends. For those who prefer more luxurious accommodation, for example for participants attending management and leadership courses, we can arrange rooms at local hotels and offer some courses on a non-residential basis.


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