Dounans Centre, Scottish Outdoor Education Centres, Aberfoyle, FK8 3UT
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Set in the heart of the Lomond and Trossachs National Park, Dounans is the busiest and largest Centre. The Centre provides accommodation for up to 250 persons in 5 red cedarwood chalets with classroom facilities providing excellent space for reviewing sessions or rehearsals.

Dounans has a wealth of natural resources on its doorstep and is perfect for environmental sessions both on and off-site. The centre sits on the Highland boundary fault and perfect for geology field trips.

The Centre has an on-site boating pond ideal for learning basic kayaking and canoeing skills before going off-site to nearby Loch Ard.


Scottish Outdoor Education Centres (SOEC) has many years’ experience in outdoor education and are leading advocates of intelligent outdoor learning. We are guided by the principles that outdoor education should be fun but that learning about ourselves and our place in the world is a natural outcome of our activities and programmes.

Our programmes are challenging, motivating and enjoyable but designed to maximise delivery of learning, personal and social development and Curriculum outcomes. SOEC has three centres each situated in pleasant rural surroundings, accommodating groups from 10 to 200 people and within easy reach of the major towns and cities in Scotland.


We offer day visits through to week long residentials and programmes under the following headings:

Other Groups

SOEC regularly hosts music, drama & study groups; cultural exchanges; sports teams; Uni / college groups; youth groups; Duke of Edinburgh participants; & big events (e.g. Young Carers Festival; World Challenge).

As each centre has park land, fields, halls and classrooms we can offer:-

Team building & activity programmes
A training, study & reading week location
Field study opportunities
A touring Base for cultural exchange / sporting groups
Outdoor learning CPD training
Intensive rehearsals


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