Abernethy Adventure Centres

School Trips @ Abernethy

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With over 45 years of welcoming school groups to Abernethy adventure centres, we are well placed to offer the very best in school multi activity and leadership residential visits. Our highly trained permanent staff team are extremely experienced in working with young people, whether they are instructing activities, cooking the dinner or presenting the evening programme and they all look forward to seeing you.

We are fortunate to have four adventure centres in areas of amazing natural beauty and offer a home from home experience in a safe and secure environment:

- Abernethy Nethybridge is located in the Cairngorms National Park in Highland Scotland and is 40 minutes from Inverness (and the airport), near Loch Morlich, Cairngorm Mountain and the Lecht ski area.
- Abernethy Ardgour is located on the shores of Loch Linnhe on the west coast of Scotland near Fort William, Ben Nevis and Glencoe. The centre is within 2 hours drive of Glasgow, Stirling & Inverness.
- Abernethy Ardeonaig is in the heart of rural Perthshire on the south side of Loch Tay with fantastic views across the water.
- Abernethy Barcaple is located in a secluded setting in the rolling hills of Dumfries and Galloway. The centre is less than 2 hours from Glasgow, Carlisle and Ayr.

If you haven’t been to one of our centres before, why not arrange a teacher preview visit before or after booking so you can see how we work and spend time getting the lie of the land. You may want to invite us to your school to make a presentation to the pupils and parents so that they have the opportunity to ask questions.

Sibling Discount

Current School Trip Offer

When a child and sibling(s) come on a school residential package, we offer 20% off the price of the residential for the sibling(s).

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Why book Abernethy for Residential School Trips and Educational Visits?

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Abernethy Adventure Centres have been operated by the Abernethy Trust since 1971, and since then we have built up a wealth of expertise in outdoor education. At each of our four adventure centres, we offer a wide range of adventure activities all year round. A passion for excellence underpins all that we do and our team-members are carefully selected for their skills, character and ability to work with young people.

Which Curriculum Subjects do you cater for?

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Here at Abernethy, we work with hundreds of school children each year using the outdoors and adventure activities to help young people grow in the four capacities of the Curriculum for Excellence and to help them learn through their experience outside the classroom. We follow the ethos of the Scottish Government’s current policy on Religious Observance / Time for Reflection as part of our Explore programme.

Explore makes connections between morals and values and how we live our lives using the rich resources of our traditions, especially the Christian tradition, to enable this development to progress.

Explore is an inclusive and valuable time for young people to reflect on what they have learnt. This mostly happens at the end of a day of fun but is sometimes a reflection at the start, depending on the Centre.

Our team have a genuine desire to help young people grow into well-rounded individuals aware of their actions. Teacher feedback is that our team are tremendous role models to our young guests and that it helps teach children to respect the beliefs of everyone.

What activities are available during group visits?

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Please note that not all Centres have all activities – please enquire when contacting the centre.

Nethy: Abseiling, Archery, Assault course, Bushcraft, Challenge activities, Climbing & bouldering, Climbing wall, Crate climbing, Dry slope skiing, Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Expeditions, Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Residentials, Forest adventure, Gorge adventure, High ropes course, Hill walking, Jacobs ladder, JASS Award, John Muir Award, Kayaking, King swing, Leadership through Adventure Award, Mountain biking, Open canoeing, Orienteering, Raft building, Ropes adventure course, Sailing, Sea kayaking, Skiing, Snowboarding, Team building, Tree climbing, Tree top trail, Weasling, Windsurfing and Zip wire.

Please be aware that some of our activities are subject to age restrictions.

What size groups do you cater for?

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We can accommodate the following: Nethybridge: 85 guests on site in dorm style cosy bunk bedded rooms and chalets. Ardgour: 32 guests dorm style cosy bunk bedded rooms, some of which are en-suite. Ardeonaig: 58 guests, with overflow accommodation available at the nearby Craggan centre (to increase the number to a maximum of 87 guests). Barcaple: 68 guests on site in dorm style cosy bunk bedded rooms, with the option to increase the number up to 80 using bell tents for a camping experience. Many bedrooms are en-suite.

Is there first aid on site?

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Yes all of our instructors and most of the rest of our team have first aid qualifications.

Do you offer access for visitors with disabilities?

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Unfortunately we don't offer dedicated disabled facilities at this time. We do occasionally have guests who require disables access stay with us and we do our best to accommodate their needs both on activities and when using our facilities. We are currently fundraising for a building project at Nethybridge, called The Courtyard Project, which will offer disabled access accommodation.

Do you cater for visitors with Special Educational Needs (SEN)?

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Yes, we regularly have both school and vulnerable groups who bring children with special educational needs and our instructors love working with these groups and individuals to make the outdoor experience available to all.

Anything else?

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Our Chief Executive, his Deputy and some of our instructional team have a background in teaching and we are confident that we offer an unbeatable educational experience for school children who stay at our centres.

If you would like a copy of our curriculum programme, linking the curriculum for excellence experiences and outcomes criteria to our residential programmes then please use our contact details, stating which Abernethy centre you are interested in.

Due to the fact that we run an Outdoor Instructor Training Course for most of the year at Abernethy Ardgour, we are only able to take residential bookings from mid-April until the end of July at that particular centre.

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