The Trust in Scotland

In 2013/14 we worked with over 6,335 young people from across Scotland.

70% of those were supported in their outdoor adventures through Outward Bound bursaries.

More than ever before, programmes such as ours are crucial to ensure that young people acquire the necessary skills for a successful transition into employment, higher and further education. We need to fundraise £750,000 annually to support access to our courses and work with disadvantaged young people from across Scotland.

We deliver our programmes in Scotland from our centre based at Loch Eil, near Fort William. It’s the ideal location for big outdoor adventures that lead to significant learning.


Our partners and supporters are crucial to our work in Scotland. These include:

  • Youth organisations
  • Schools
  • Colleges
  • Educational networks 
  • Corporate business partners
  • Local authorities

An important partnership for The Trust in Scotland is with North Lanarkshire Council that sees around 25% of the S4 pupils in the area attend an Outward Bound residential each year.  In addition The Trust has two flagship projects in Scotland, namely The Mark Scott Leadership for Life Award and Scotland’s Next Generation.

We also offer apprentice and graduate development programmes for a number of Scottish businesses.

Scottish Council

The Scottish Council provides support and advice to enable The Trust to work with as many young people as possible.

Steve Gush - Senior Director, IT Services & Operations, EMEA at Sykes Global Services
Chris Horne - Managing Partner and Head of Corporate Finance, Campbell Dallas LLP
Scot McRae - Managing Director of McRae & Co Ltd
Iain Peter - Executive Director of Outward Bound International
Muir Hunter - Retired Managing Director, Scot Trout Ltd
Julia Abel - Performance Advisor, Inspiring Scotland
Willie Wight – Headteacher of Hillhead High School, Glasgow
Alison Fitzsimmons – Relationship Manager - Business Development, Marketing & Events - Deutsche Asset & Wealth Management
Alan C. McLaren - Partner, Lindsays
Christine Pollock - Former Executive Director of Learning and Leisure for North Lanarkshire Council and member of the Scottish Government’s Commission for Developing Scotland’s Young Workforce