The Trust in Scotland

In 2015/16 we worked with over 5,000 young people and 132 schools across Scotland.

85% 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

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.

Christine Scullion - Head of Development at The Robertson Trust (Chair of the Scottish Council and Trustee of The Outward Bound Trust)
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 - Head of Funds, Inspiring Scotland
Willie Wight – Retired Headteacher of Hillhead High School, Glasgow
Alison Fitzsimmons – Business Development Executive, Tilney Investment Management Services 
Alan C. McLaren - Partner, Lindsays
Alan Hoar - Retired Assistant Chief Officer, Fire and Rescue Service; former chair of Gloucestershire Outward Bound Association
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