The secrets of our centres
We agree with Kirsty and Phil. It's all about location, location, location.
Each of our five centres are set in truly jaw-dropping spots, whether that's because of their lake-side views, their proximity to the UK's tallest peaks or their ability to make you feel like you're a million miles from civilisation.
Our Aberdovey centre is a stone's throw from the stunning Dyfi estuary - a UNESCO world biosphere reserve - whilst Loch Eil looks out onto the imposing Ben Nevis. We think our favourite estate agents would be impressed.
But at The Trust, we're lucky to have centres that come with some really unique selling points - bags of history and stories that come in spades.
Did you know that the Hogwarts Express whizzes past the gates of our Loch Eil centre every day? The building itself has also seen a colourful past. Set on the site of a famous Scottish battleground, in the 1654, Sir Ewen Cameron of Lochiel bit the throat of an English officer in the midst of a heated struggle. But from murky beginnings, the centre has since become a hotel, army base, a shooting lodge and now of course, a top notch base for our intrepid participants.
Perhaps you heard that Prince Charles has his own private 'water closet' in an Aberdovey instructor's house for when he visits the village. And he has used it.
And as for Ullswater, its original owners were personal friends of Daffodils poet William Wordsworth. On a less high brow note, it was also the first school in the world to equip instructors with the latest 1960s gadgets - walkie talkies!
Speaking of royalty, our Eskdale and Aberdovey centres have both been graced by the presence of princesses. An Ethiopian princess took part in a summer programme in Snowdonia, whilst another came to us on a graduate programme with her employer.
Eskdale in particular has historical features aplenty under its roof. As well as a three storey tower (obviously fit for a princess), there's also a stained glass memorial to a climber by a renowned Victorian artist. Considering the house was originally built in 1896 as a Liverpudlian millionaire's country retreat, it's no surprise that the centre maintains a good dose of classical style.
With more than 25,000 pairs of feet walking our halls every year, we're delighted to be able to share the secrets of our centres with the next generation. And whilst our focus will always remain on delivering adventures that take place in the wilderness that surrounds us, we like to think that our inimitable buildings offer something a little special too.