Region: Scotland

Disabled Facilities: Yes

Category: Accommodation & Residential Trips

Address: Millport Field Centre, Isle of Cumbrae, KA28 0EG

Contact: 01475 530581



Discover amazing island scenery, brilliant wildlife and quality teaching at FSC Millport.  Millport offers residential and day field trips for all ages, linked to Curriculum for Excellence or all the England and Wales exam boards.  All our courses are tailored to your requirements and our experienced staff will work with you to develop a course to suit you and your students.

Courses can be fully educational to meet particular subject requirements or entirely cross curricular, enjoying activities like watersports, cycling and team building.

Why is this venue great for School Trips and Educational Visits?

FSC Millport has an amazing location with stunning views, fascinating marine wildlife and a well-equipped field centre to accommodate visitors.  It is also on one of Scotland’s most accessible islands; the ferry takes just 8 minutes and it is an hour away from Glasgow yet it feels like you have travelled much further.

Courses are all created by our experienced field teachers and link explicitly to the requirements of Curriculum for Excellence including the four capacities.  Teachers can relax safe in the knowledge that our highly trained staff will lead their pupils throughout their visit and ensure activities are fun and engaging while also developing their knowledge and understanding, skills and attributes.

FSC is an organisation with over 70 years experience.  It operates a network of centres across the UK, including a second in Scotland; FSC Kindrogan.

What does a typical school trip or educational visit include?

All our courses can be tailored to best suit your group and everything is designed to meet current Curriculum for Excellence requirements.  The summaries below are a selection of the types of activities, please visit the website or contact us for more information.

For primary groups we have a wide range of activities to help with teambuilding, developing confidence, learning about the environment and the chance to link to John Muir.  Discover the tourist town of Millport and why it is popular, see the local history of the island, take boat or cycle trips around the island or visit the on-site aquarium to learn more about sea life.  

At S1-S3 students can explore the exciting new environment of Millport with orienteering, team challenges, water sports or bushcraft.  There are also clear links in our sessions to Curriculum for Excellence and work back in the classroom including through social studies, sciences and health and wellbeing.  

Our geography and science courses at National 4 and 5 meet the latest curriculum requirements and enable students to collect and process primary data for their added value assignment with a brilliant hands-on approach.

At Higher and Advanced Higher our courses are developed to meet SQA requirements and offer an excellent standard of teaching for science and geography students, using the fantastic habitats close to the centre.

FSC Millport also offers courses for AQA, Edexcel, OCR and WJEC at all levels and can tailor courses for schools from England and Wales to ensure they are relevant and linked to their work back at school.

Our courses incorporate interdisciplinary learning throughout to help with raising the attainment of young people in Scotland. We explore literacy and numeracy in many practical ways in the outdoors from estimating the height of a tree or using statistics to analyse field data, to writing poetry inspired by the landscape. We can also offer dedicated courses just on literacy and numeracy.

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What size groups do they cater for?

The centre can accommodate up to 130.  Minimum group size 12.  If you have fewer students please contact us as we may be able to arrange trips with other schools.

What can they provide you with to support your school trip or educational visit?

Our field teachers work with you before and after your visit as required.

Can you take photos, video or audio? Are there any copyright restrictions?

Yes, no restrictions.

How do you arrange a risk assessment?

All our sites are risk assessed and these can be found on our website or by contacting the centre.

What are the contact details for their education officer?

Please contact the centre on 01475 530581 or for any queries.

What does it cost?

All costs vary depending on the time of year and details of the visit.  Prices start from £95 for a three day course at primary level.  One free member of staff place is offered per 12 students.

Is specific clothing required?

Most of the time on our courses is spent outdoors so appropriate warm and comfortable clothing and footwear is best.  Waterproofs and wellies are available to hire from the centre.

Do you have first aid on site?

FSC has trained first aiders.

What facilities do they have for school trips and educational visits?

Millport has two accommodation blocks the Elmhurst Building and the Millott Building. We have sixty twin rooms throughout both blocks and two single rooms. Twenty-four of the rooms are located on the ground floor and all bedrooms are en-suite. All bedrooms have hanging and storage space, bedside table and a desk. We pride ourselves in having clean, comfortable and cosy bedrooms.

In the main building we have perfect spaces for relaxing after a hard day out in the field. We have an adult lounge and bar with comfortable sofas with views of the sea. We also have the student common room with comfortable sofas and TV and a games room next door with a pool table, giant chess/checkers, vending machine and giant Jenga. Board games and other games are available as well.  Upstairs in the main building is our library filled with education books and desk space, for anyone who wants to do extra research.

We have seven work rooms some of which are labs with special equipment. All have whiteboards with ceiling-mounted data projectors, Smart or Mimio interactive whiteboard facilities and internet access for Wi-Fi enabled laptops. We also have two conference rooms, one in the main room and another in the Allan Building that can be used for big groups of people.

Our residential courses include breakfast, packed lunch, evening meal as well as homemade afternoon cakes.  Hot/cold drink making facilities are available throughout the day.  At Millport, all of our food is prepared using fresh, seasonal ingredients with the emphasis in providing healthy and hearty meals for all of our guests. We have a variety of hot wholesome meals including a vegetarian option.  If you have any special food requirements please let a member of staff know before you arrive at Millport Centre. Don’t forget to bring a lunch box and a flask for any day trips out.

Are there disabled facilities?

Please contact the centre to discuss your requirements.

What are your opening days and hours?

We are open all year round.

Do you have any testimonials from previous customers who have visited you on an educational visit?

“Thank you for a wonderful experience for our pupils. Excellent teaching and facilities.”  Edinburgh Academy

“It far exceeded my expectations with the accommodation, food and great location.  The range of activities was also great, the staff helping in the classes at night too.”  Pitmedden Primary School

“Very good experience for our P7’s.  Certainly feel they have had the opportunity to enjoy the outdoors, build relationships with one another and have fun with it.”  Ancrum Road Primary School

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

Please visit the website for full details

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

Type of Visit: Boat Trips Bushcraft Cycling Climbing Crafts Ecological Recycle & Waste Centres Environment Centres Field Studies Green Awareness High Ropes Outdoor Education Outdoor Pursuits Personal Development-Mentoring Residential School Trips Safety Awareness Science & Technology Sea life SEN Team Building Water Sports Wildlife and Nature

Curriculum Topics Covered: Citizenship Environmental Studies Geography History PE Science

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

Accommodation Type: Outdoor Residential Centres

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