Region: Scotland

Disabled Facilities: Yes

Category: Accommodation & Residential Trips

Address: The Lochgoilhead Centre Shelter Park, Lockgoilhead, Argyll PA24 8AQ

Contact: 01301 703217



Lochgoilhead National Activity Centre is owned and operated by Scouts Scotland, which has more than 100 years of expertise in outdoor education and working with young people. Our residential centre is fully catered and we provide a vast range of water-based and land-based activities with excellent instruction. We also make the ideal base for a field studies trip or study weekend.

As a Royal Yachting Association Training Centre your pupils will be in very capable hands learning an exciting range of water activities right on our doorstep on Loch Goil. You can also choose from an extensive range of land-based activities including bushcraft, gorge walking, hill walking, mountain biking, orienteering, rock climbing and more.

We are happy to take on everything from programme planning to catering, but we’re also happy to work with you more flexibly and support you to create your own bespoke programme.

We’re located about a one-hour drive from Glasgow, Scotland, which has excellent air and rail links with the rest of the UK.

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What group sizes do you cater for?

Between 10 and 150

Please give information regarding room sizes and room facilities?

The centre has two types of sleeping accommodation – dormitories and lodges. Each bed is provided with a cotton polyester fitted sheet, pillow and pillowcase. A sleeping bag is required although duvets can be supplied for a small charge. Duvets are included in THE price.


Our four dormitory units, are offered as budget accommodation. Two of these units have 22 beds that are split into two rooms of 5 bunks and a leader room with 1 bunk bed. Two further units each have a maximum occupancy of 24. They have 2 rooms with 4 bunk beds, 1 room with 2 bunk beds and a leader room with 2 bunk beds.  WC and wash hand basins are within the dormitory units but showers are provided in separate external male and female facilities. All leader rooms each have a private WC & shower facility.


Our popular lodges each have a maximum occupancy of 16. The accommodation is provided in 3 rooms with 2 single beds, 2 rooms with 2 bunk beds and a leader room with 2 single beds. Each lodge is unisex and there is a wash hand basin in each room. The leader room has its own WC and shower. There is a small sitting area at the rear of the lodges, overlooking the playing field.

One other lodge has a maximum capacity of 12, in six rooms. Each room has two single beds and private WC & shower.

Special needs accommodation

One of the 16-bed lodges has been modified to provide good accommodation for special needs groups and their leaders. One room has an internal WC and shower facility with full wheelchair access. An electric hoist is available if required and various items of manual handling equipment are on hand for boat and other transfers. Please tell us in advance what needs you might have so you can confirm with us that we have the right specialist equipment for your group needs.

What is the cost of the accommodation?

Two night/three day breaks

•             From £114 per person for dormitory accommodation

•             From £135 per person for lodge accommodation

Three night/Four day breaks

•             From £159 per person for dormitory accommodation

•             From £186 per person for lodge accommodation

Five day/four night

•             From £212 per person for dormitory accommodation

•             From £233 per person for lodge accommodation

Does your Accommodation have a booking contact?

Do you have first aid on site or will the group need to bring a qualified first aider?

Yes. All activity staff and the majority of all other centre staff are first aid qualified.

Please list facilities available.

Three main meals are provided each day in the central dining area.  All meals are prepared on site and the staff are happy to work with you to accommodate any special dietary needs.  Visitors who have any special dietary needs should contact the Centre prior to arrival.  Packed lunches and expedition meals are available for visitors by arrangement.

Sample menu


Cereal, yoghurt, porridge, fruit basket

Sausage, eggs, beans, potato scone

Toast, tea, coffee, juices



Filled rolls/wraps

Smoothies, juice, fruit


Pasta with Bolognese, cheese or tomato sauce

Breaded cod, chips, peas and salads

Steak Pie, potatoes, 2 vegetables


Caramel Shortcake


Classroom and IT

At the back of the dining room is a small separate area that is used for training or as an adult sitting area. This is also where the centre shop and vending machines are situated. The shop carries a range of souvenirs and is opened in the evening by a member of centre staff.

There are 3 classrooms, all with a range of IT equipment for presentations. All are equipped with Smartboards and laptop computers and are available for client use but we advise you to book in advance. The Centre is Wi-Fi enabled.

What are your disabled facilities?

Yes we have modified accommodation and we have instructors who are specially trained to support people with disabilities. We also have a range of specially designed adaptive equipment to enable those with disabilities to take part in adventurous activities.

Do you have any testimonials from previous customers who have visited you on an educational visit that we can include in your section?

Just a quick note to say thank you so much from all of us here at Swinton. We all had an absolute ball – the teachers more than anyone and can’t wait to come back again next year.

Miss Brown (P7), Swinton Primary School

Is there anything else that you feel is important and want to include in your information

We see outdoor learning as a key opportunity to encourage pupils to gain knowledge and skills through real life experiences, breaking down the barriers of a traditional classroom and opening the doors to personal development.

We bring the Curriculum for Excellence (Scotland) to life for your pupils through a variety of programmes with many different experiences and outcomes. We have years of experience working with a wide range of ages and abilities, catering for the individual needs of learners by encouraging them to step out of their comfort zone and take measured risks in a supportive environment.

We are licensed by the Adventure Activities Licensing Service, are a member of the Institute of Outdoor Learning, and an approved provider with many education authorities. We’re also recognised by a number of education and outdoor learning partners including the Open Air Laboratories (OPAL) citizen science initiative, the John Muir Award, and Learning Away, a nationally recognised campaign for promoting outdoor education.

We are an Approved Activity Provider for expeditions and residentials with the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award programme.

We offer the following activities on site or close by:

•             Bell boating

•             Boat trips

•             Canoeing

•             Kayaking

•             Drascombe Sailing

•             Topaz Sailing

•             Raft building

•             High ropes

•             Gorge walking

•             Bushcraft

•             Hill walking

•             Jacob’s ladder

•             Mountain biking

•             Orienteering

•             Rock climbing

•             Team building

•             Archery

Age of Children / Pupils: 5 – 7 years 8 – 10 years 11 – 13 years 14 – 16 years College University

Months Open: All Year Round January February March April May June July August September October November December

Accommodation Type: Lodges Outdoor Residential Centres

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