The Craigmore Centre Scotland
Region: ScotlandDisabled Facilities: Yes
Category: Accommodation & Residential Trips
Address: Craigmore Centre, Gartmore House, Gartmore, FK8 3RS
Contact: 01877 382 991
Gartmore House is a conference and activity centre situated in the Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park. We are 18 miles from Stirling and 25 miles from Glasgow, so extremely handy and very central.
Gartmore House sits on 75 acres of land and is the perfect venue for school residentials whether looking for a base for music practice or activities.
The Craigmore Centre sleeps up to 120, the Mews up to 30 and the Main House sleeps up to 68.
For School groups the Craigmore Centre and Mews is ideal for accommodation with bunk accommodation, door key card lock system, large conference hall and a further 3 classroom size spaces for breakout rooms.
The Craigmore also has a large sports hall (the size of 3 badminton coursts) situated at the back of the building with a newly laid Sports Scotland spec floor
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What size groups do they cater for?
Up to 220
Please provide location information?
The Craigmore Centre at Gartmore House is about 3 miles from the picturesque village of Aberfoyle in the heart of the Trossachs National Park. The Centre is set in 75 acres of private land and is about 1 mile off the main A81 Glasgow to Aberfoyle road.
The village of Gartmore is less than half a mile. The location is both peaceful and safe and provides groups with the freedom to pursue various outdoor activities well away from traffic. The centre lies about 1 hour from Glasgow, Edinburgh, Stirling and Perth.
HOW TO FIND US
Take the A81 from the City centre and travel via Milngavie and Strathblane towards Aberfoyle. Continue past the signs for Gartmore village and the sign for Gartmore House is indicated on the left.
From junction 10 on the M9, take the A84 towards Callander. After the Safari Park, take the A873 to Aberfoyle. About 3 miles before reaching Aberfoyle, at the roundabout at the Rob Roy take the first exit on to the A81 towards Glasgow. Pass the signs for Gartmore village and follow the sign for Gartmore House which is a turning off to the right.
From the North or East.
Travel on the M9 to junction 10 and follow the same directions as coming from Stirling.
Stirling is the nearest mainline train station for intercity and sleeper service.
Airports at Glasgow and Edinburgh connect to most U.K. airports. Driving time from Glasgow is 50 minutes and Edinburgh is 1 hour.
Why you are great for educational visits?
The Craigmore Centre at Gartmore House is owned and operated by Gartmore House – a Scottish registered charity. We are passionate about delivering a high level of service at a reasonable cost with the aim of ensuring that every group that chooses us as their venue leaves having had their expectations exceeded.
We are open all year round and welcome groups from a variety of interests and backgrounds, including schools, university unions, youth organisations, churches, orchestras and choirs.
With more than 10 years of hosting, accommodating and catering for groups from varying backgrounds, we have the necessary knowledge and experience to ensure that what is delivered is tailored to the individual requirements of each group.
We have an exceptionally high level of repeat bookings which gives us the confidence to believe that if you decide to use the Craigmore Centre you will not be disappointed
The Centre itself is located in the heart of Loch Lomond National Park, set in it’s own extensive grounds it is ideal for many activities within the grounds and the surrounding area. There are many indoor and outdoor land and water based activities located within a few miles of the Centre. This includes The David Marshall Lodge, Go Ape, Go Country, walking, cycling, water sports, Blair Drummond Safari Park and the McLaren Sports Centre in Callander which is about 12 miles away.
Stirling has many places of interest from Bannockburn to Stirling Castle, Wallace Monument and Stirling Jail and is about 35 minutes away. Loch Lomond is close by offering bat trips and water sports along with The Sealife Centre. The location is also suited to groups looking to work towards awards such as Duke of Edinburgh and John Muir.
Is there anything you offer specifically for educational visits?
Being located within the National Park it is a great location for geography students looking for field studies but also outdoor activity groups. We have worked with youth groups or many years so completely understand the needs and requirements of teachers and youth group leaders.
Can you provide information regarding room sizes and room facilities?
16 bunk rooms, all ensuite and rooms can sleep from 4 to 10 people in each room
In total the Craigmore Centre can hold up to 120
10 bedrooms, with bunk beds varying from 2 to 4 in each room
The mews can sleep up to 30 people and the full building shares 3 bathrooms
23 enuite bedrooms
3 sharing a bathroom
The full house can hold up to 68 bedrooms made up of twin/double and family rooms
Are visitors allowed to take photos, video or audio, if appropriate?
Visitors may take video and photographs this decision will be down to the relevant group leader.
What is your process for booking pre arranged risk assessments?
We do weekly in house fire checks in all our buildings and are recorded each week.
When a group arrives we offer a fire talk and a fire practice evacuation to give the children the practice of leaving the buildings via the fire exits.
What are the contact details for their education officer?
The centre does not have a specific education officer, there is a Hospitality Manager and Head of Service Delivery.
What is the cost of the accommodation?
Craigmore centre and Mews
Based on per person per night we have 2 packages, the budget package and the standard package
Under 20 people £48.00
Between 20-49 people £45.00
Over 50 people £43.00
Under 20 people £58.00
Between 20-49 people £55.00
Over 50 people £53.00
Does your Accommodation have a booking contact?
A booking form has to be completed with a deposit at the time of booking which has the contract information detailed out on it.
Please list facilities available?
Meals are included in the price above and are served in the main dining room in the downstairs level of the main house adjacent to the Craigmore building;
Breakfast, lunch and dinner buffets and we cater for all allergies
Pending what package is booked, we provide “supper items”; tea, coffee, cordials, bread, jams, butters, sugar and milk. The Craigmore centre has a basic small kitchen which has kettle, fridge, freezer, microwave and toaster.
The Craigmore and the Main House also has Internet
And there is also a small teachers lounge in the Craigmore where the teachers can sit during breaks/evenings
Do you have first aid on site or will the group need to bring a qualified first aider?
The majority of the team are first aid trained and we have the relevant first aid kits throughout the buildings
Are there disabled facilities?
The Craigmore is disabled friendly with full access to all areas including bedrooms. The bathrooms are designed with wet showers and grab rails
There is a lift in the Main House for taking disabled guests to the dining space.
What are your opening days and hours?
24/7 and 365 days a year we are open
Do you have any testimonials from previous customers who have visited your Accommodation?
We’ve been coming to the Craigmore Centre at Gartmore House several times a year for many years with a variety of large groups of young musicians. The facilities work well for us giving the flexibility we need for large and small group rehearsals. The staff are always friendly and helpful. We think of Gartmore as our second home!”
George Kelly, Education Development Officer, East Dunbartonshire Secondary Schools Orchestra
“We used the Craigmore Centre at Gartmore House for a group of about 100 students from our church. We found it to be the perfect place for our use. The staff were flexible, accommodating and especially helpful. For many in our group, the food was a particular highlight.”
Tim May, Student Pastor, Morningside Baptist Church, Edinburgh.
“The Craigmore Centre at Gartmore House has been a great venue for both our Junior Section and also for our band. We especially enjoy the food, but having the sports hall, rehearsal rooms and wonderful big grounds for outdoor activities like scavenger hunts and nature walks is great too.”
Fraser Boyd, Leader in Charge, 25th Stirling (Dunblane) Boys’ Brigade.
“The Craigmore Centre at Gartmore House ticks all the boxes: great location, excellent facilities, wonderful staff and fantastic food!”
Alison Borland, Faculty Head Performing Arts, Mearns Castle High School, Glasgow
Is there anything else that you feel is important and want to include in your information?
Should you be looking to bring an outdoor activity group whilst we do not have onsite activities we can offer suggestions of local providers at the moment and are looking to put in place a more formal arrangement over the coming months, please do call us to chat about activities required and we can help you with this.
The centre offers a very flexible space and works well for many different types of groups from field studies to youth conferences and orchestral groups.
Please do contact us with any requirements and we can tailor a package for you.
Age of Children / Pupils: 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: Outdoor Residential Centres