Exciting times ahead for our Highland Centre

Loch Eil New BarnLocated within the beautiful Scottish Highlands, The Outward Bound Trust's much loved Loch Eil Centre, is presently undergoing a £2 million redevelopment.

Thanks to generosity of our donors, the centre which overlooks Ben Nevis and originally a former hunting lodge, is being developed to increase capacity and to improve the quality of the residential experience for young people.

The Trust has undertaken a number of significant redevelopment projects in recent years, at our Aberdovey and Ullswater centres, but now the focus is on Loch Eil.

Why are we making these changes?

A high emphasis on all our courses is placed on learning and we recognise to aid this happening, facilities and accommodation need to be of high quality.

Before undergoing any changes, The Trust consulted schools, staff and other stakeholders, to identify key areas for development and the exciting changes will now include;

  • a new barn (plans/design drawing displayed here)
  • a refurbished (ensuite) accomodation in the main building
  • refurbishing and increasing the participant social area
  • creating new learning pods to enhance the learning experience 

Loch Eil MapsWhat you'll see, if visiting today

The first visible changes at Loch Eil can already be seen with the removal of the old barn and the work in progress with the new equipment centre. We are hopeful for completion early in 2018. We have also started work on some sections of the main house.

Working with a local contractor, the equipment centre which provides a really useful large space for expedition packing and preparation, as well as our group kit & drying zones, is critical for the future of adventures in the Highlands. The new facility will make a positive contribution to the enhanced offering at Outward Bound Loch Eil.

Exciting reconfiguration and refurbishment of the existing accommodation space to the main house will also continue in the following months; increasing bed space of the centre to eleven groups, (including accompanying teachers) and all the rooms will have ensuite facilities.

The centre will remain fully operational throughout the development, with minimum impact to participants and visitors alike.

We'll keep you posted on our progress. 

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