Experience Outdoors is an innovative service operated by The City of Edinburgh Council’s Sport and Outdoor Learning Unit. Experience Outdoors offer specialised provision for outdoor learning, including adventurous activities, technical advice and training, teaching and learning support, and advice about outdoor learning awards. Our highly skilled teams have the knowledge and expertise to provide high-quality awards and achievements.

Outdoor Learning in Scotland and Beyond

We own three outdoor centres and deliver a wide range of Outdoor Learning provision and services.

Bangholm Outdoor Learning Centre is a non-residential centre located in North Edinburgh. Bangholm staff focus on excursion approval, UK and overseas, specialist technical advice, achievement awards, Duke of Edinburgh’s Award, John Muir Award and Junior Award Scheme for Schools, Curriculum for Excellence advice and support, outdoor learning partnership working, delivering training and specialist courses, equipment loans and direct delivery to children, young people and others.

Benmore Outdoor Centre in Benmore Botanic Gardens, near Dunoon, and Lagganlia Outdoor Centre in Glen Feshie, near Aviemore, are residential centres in unique locations within Scotland’s two National Parks. They provide outstanding opportunities for children, young people and others to experience inspirational Outdoor Learning in wild surroundings.

We deliver commercial activities, including self-catering, where any surplus is invested straight back into our core purpose.