Activity Centres in Scotland

Specialist Activity Centres in Scotland

Planning to visit an outdoor activity centre? Scotland has some of the best centres in the country, with professional instructors and stunning upland, lowland and coastal scenery. Deciding which activity centre to visit is never easy but we can help! The following page is our pick of the best activity centres in Scotland, with full details on what makes them such a good choice for school groups.

Scotland is an exciting place for any child to experience a residential stay at an outdoor activity centre. If you are planning such a visit, but aren't familiar with Scotland and the landscapes we have up here, it is worth knowing that the Highland Boundary Fault running North East to South West separates the rugged highlands from the rural lowlands. Whichever part of Scotland you choose, you will have a full range or activities available, and access to seemingly tailor made terrain for each activity your pupils experience.

Scotland's magnificent natural landscapes promise an exciting adventure experience and are home to dozens of outdoor activity centres. Paddle sports like canoeing and raft building take place on the many tranquil rivers and placid lochs that stretch across the valley floors. For those who like climbing and abseiling, rope courses and zip wires, the sandstone rocks of the Southern Uplands and granite peaks of the Cairngorms are a natural playground. And if water sports are what you have planned, choose one of the centres that hug the spectacular six thousands miles of Scottish coastline.

Lockerbie Manor


Our purpose is to provide a high quality experience in a safe and caring environment, for the development of young people through the provision of adventure courses. Many companies concentrate primarily on providing fun, new experiences and therefore include many non outdoor pursuit fillers in their programme. We regard this as an opportunity wasted. Of course, fun and new experiences are an important part of any course, but it is not Manor Adventure's primary objective. At Manor Adventure we offer four different outdoor pursuits courses. Schools can mix and match from each of these flexible courses to meet individual objectives and requirements. Our philosophy is to maximise the experience for each and every child....






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Explore the highlands Scotland and learn about the country's rich culture and history. This trip is perfect for school groups and mixes educational excursions with fun activities. ...

Scotland School Trips


Our Discovery packages have been designed to enable teachers to plan a thrilling residential that meets their own needs and budget. This flexible option focuses on your defined key outcomes, so if you want to look at communication we will provide… ...

Discovery Package


Take a 10 day tour of the UK visiting many fantastic cities along the way including Edinburgh, Manchester, Oxford and London. ...

UK Cultural School Trips


Scout Adventures helps young people learn the character skills they need to succeed - leadership, teamwork, resilience and initiative. With our expertise in informal, outdoor learning we have encouraged and inspired generations. ...

Scout Adventures Fordell Firs




At Hostelling Scotland we want to support young people to discover Scotland and have a wide range of opportunities to learn outside the classroom. ...

Hostelling Scotland


Come and experience a School Adventure with a real difference. A level of service we feel you will struggle to beat. From your first enquiry right through to getting back to School and beyond. Our Adventures really do have the 'Atlas Difference' ...

Scottish Adventure


'Best Outdoor Activity & Learning Centre - Moray', Scottish Enterprise Awards 2018. 'Best Outdoor Venue' finalist, Scottish Hospitality Awards 2016, '17 & '18. TripAdvisor 94% rated. AALA-licensed, & Learning Outside the Classroom accredited. ...

Craggan Outdoors


Scout Adventures helps young people learn the character skills they need to succeed - leadership, teamwork, resilience and initiative. With our expertise in informal, outdoor learning we have encouraged and inspired generations. ...

Scout Adventures Lochgoilhead

Lockerbie Manor
Lockerbie Manor
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Lockerbie Manor offer outdoor residential school trips during term time, and all inclusive family activity holidays during the summer holidays. Activities take place in the extensive Manor house grounds or at ...

Lockerbie Manor
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Allow students to unplug and tune in to nature. Let them learn and practice ancestral skills through a range of hands-on bushcraft experiences. Leave walls behind; join us in our stunning East Lothian woodland where young minds will be inspired... ...

Woodland Ways Bushcraft Residentials - Scotland


Edinburgh is a city of beautiful contrasts. The ancient castle perched atop its volcanic crag, the mishmash of medieval tenements towering over the Royal Mile, and the New Town's neoclassical grandeur are all out to impress, but they're just the star...

Edinburgh City Tour
ACUK Pioneer Centre
ACUK Pioneer Centre
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ACUK Pioneer Centre offers superb residential trips for schools, covering a huge range of different activities including, Abseiling, High Robes, Climbing, Zip Wire and much much more. ...

ACUK Pioneer Centre
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Scout Adventures helps young people learn the character skills they need to succeed - leadership, teamwork, resilience and initiative. With our expertise in informal, outdoor learning we have encouraged and inspired generations. ...

Scout Adventures Meggernie
Outback 2 Basics
Outback 2 Basics
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A fantastic way to get the children really immersed in the wilderness. Interactive and hands on workshops.You can even sleep out in your own shelters to truly get back to basics. Bring the Stone Age alive or Learn Bushcraft and survival skills! ...

Outback 2 Basics
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Abernethy is a group of four residential adventure Centres across Scotland in stunning locations: Nethybridge in the Cairngorms National Park, Ardgour across from Fort William, Ardeonaig by Loch Tay in Perthshire and Barcaple in Dumfries & Galloway. ...

Abernethy Adventure Centres


We’re a friendly family run outdoor activity centre that’s been operating since 1988 and caters to a wide range of children’s groups all year round. From the smallest group sizes to over 100 and from day trips to week long residential holidays....

Galloway Activity Centre


Experience amazing outdoor locations at Field Studies Council’s network of UK Centres. Our courses are all focused on students being immersed in the natural world. They also make use of the beautiful surroundings including using bushcraft skills. ...

Bushcraft with the Field Studies Council


Outstanding, accredited school camps, qualified instructors, great learning outcomes, an amazing camp, and an unforgettable experience. All brought to the grounds of your school! ...

School Camps with The Outdoors People


Two fantastic locations in Scotland offering Curriculum for Excellence linked fieldwork for all ages. Inspire your students at either Kindrogan, Perthshire, by the stunning Scottish Highlands, or Millport on the shores of the Isle of Cumbrae. ...

Field Studies Council - Scotland


Take your students on a school trip to Edinburgh, streets that inspired the wizarding world, enchanting castles and rich history, a hub for creativity and culture and an incredibly unique cityscape pairing traditional elements with a modern twist. ...

Edinburgh


Residential fieldwork created specifically for International Baccalaureate Diploma students in geography, biology and ESS. Field Studies Council has a network of UK Centres to choose from, many with easy transport links for UK and major airports. ...

International Baccalaureate Diploma


Jam-packed with challenging and engaging activities our Multi-Activity packages are designed to engage students through a mixture of practical PE based activities, whilst making the most of the great outdoors and our enviable localities. ...

Multi-Activity Package

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