Remembering Moray Sea School

Moray Sea School BuildingThe Moray Sea School at Burghead was launched in 1949 as the Scottish counterpart of Outward Bound's Sea School at Aberdovey. Moray Sea School closed in 1976 when The Outward Bound Trust moved to Loch Eil on the west coast of Scotland. Sadly there has been no recognition that Outward Bound existed in Moray – until now…

Thanks to the sterling efforts of Ed McCann, a former instructor at Moray Sea School and the generosity of former staff, students, family members and local companies, we have successfully raised the £3,000 needed for a commemorative plaque and two information boards.

The plaque and boards will be unveiled at Burghead, Moray on Saturday 9 June, followed by a reception at nearby Gordonstoun School.

Moray Sea School celebration
Saturday 9 June

A formal celebration will be hosted by The Outward Bound Trust from 1-6pm.

Saturday 9 June
12.30-1pm Meet at Burghead harbour.
1pm Formal unveiling of the Moray Sea School memorial plaque and seamanship department information board.
2pm Short drive to the former Sea School site at St Aethans Drive, Burghead. We will unveil the second information board here at approximately 2.15pm. Guests will then make the short journey to Gordonstoun School (15 minute drive).
3-6pm Afternoon tea and speeches at Gordonstoun.
During this time, alumni and guests will have the opportunity to share stories of their time at Moray Sea School and hear more about The Outward Bound Trust.

Thanks to the generosity of Gordonstoun and Outward Bound supporters the formal commemoration event is free to attend.

Additional (optional) celebrations 
Ed McCann, who lives close to Burghead, has kindly organised two additional celebrations that you may wish to include in your weekend. 

Saturday 9 June
8-11pm Social evening and music in Burghead – ticket prices and further details will be forwarded by request with your RSVP.

Sunday 10 June
10.30am Coastal walk from Burghead harbour to Cummington Seacliffs.
Please meet at the Burghead harbour plaque at 10.30am. The circular walk will take approximately 90 minutes.

Travel and logistics

The closest airport/mainline train station is at Inverness. If you have any questions about travel options to Burghead please let us know. Limited transport is also available from Burghead to Gordonstoun. Please let us know in your RSVP if this is needed.


All are welcome, but so we can be sure to cater for everyone please RSVP via the short form on this page, or by email.

Share your story

If you were part of our Outward Bound Moray Sea School alumni we encourage you (if you have not already done so) to share your story and photos from your time at Moray.