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School Residential Trips and Activity Days

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Looking for school residential trips in Scotland?

Bring outdoor learning to life at Gowanbank!

At SU Scotland, we have been providing school residential trips at our outdoor activity centres for over 30 years.

From activity days, to school residentials, to multi-week programmes, there’s so much you can do at Gowanbank.

  • Located in Ayrshire, just 35 minutes south of Glasgow
  • 48 beds across 10 en-suite bedrooms
  • Exclusive use of building on school residential trips
  • Fully catered 3 meals each day, plus snacks
  • Tailored programme of activities
  • A mixture of on-site and off-site activities (transport to off-site activities included)
  • Space for up to 40 pupils on a residential (get in touch to discuss options if you have a larger group)
  • 1 free teacher place for every 8 pupils
  • Reduced rates and support with transport to and from the centre in the autumn term

We’re currently offering 10% off for new schools booking a residential with us in Autumn 2024!

We would love to host your school. Start planning your trip today!

Looking to complete your Duke of Edinburgh Gold Residential? We are an approved provider of Duke of Edinburgh Gold Residentials. Find out more about our upcoming residential here.

Find out more about what we offer in our School Day Trips and Residentials brochure:


Gowanbank has 48 beds and is located in the town of Darvel, East Ayrshire. With a high standard of accommodation, including 10 spacious en-suite bedrooms, the centre is an ideal size for a class group or small year group.

Take a tour of the centre here.

Our mix of on-site and off-site activities make Gowanbank a perfect location for a multi-activity school residential or an activity day. We also have a number of break out rooms, ideal for in-service training days for teachers, prefects' training events, music rehearsals and study events.


We provide full catering for school bookings with homemade food and a choice for evening meals. We cater for all special dietary needs and are always happy to discuss any requirements ahead of your visit.

We encourage all pupils to be open minded and try new foods but there will always be an alternative available, so no one goes hungry.

 School Residential Resources

School Bursary Fund Guidelines
Gowanbank Information for Teachers
Gowanbank Information for Parents/Carers
Safety (AALA Licence and Insurance Details)
Kit List for School Residentials

 School Programmes

We offer both residential and day experiences and would love to partner with your school to help bring outdoor learning to life, including:

  • Multi-activity residential (1-night to 4-nights)
  • Autumn/Winter residentials (1-night to 4-nights)
  • P7 transition residentials
  • Activity days
  • Multi-week activity day programmes
  • Music rehearsal residentials
  • Study weekends

And why not make the most of being in Ayrshire? We have some amazing learning opportunities nearby. Darvel is the birthplace of Sir Alexander Fleming, Robert Burns lived in Mauchline, just 20 minutes away, and Glasgow is just 35 minutes along the road, where you can spend a day visiting some of the cities incredible museums.


Instructor led activities
Self- led activities (can be used in free-time)
Offsite activities (instructor-led)


  • Headteacher
    "The staff at Gowanbank were definitely the highlight, they clearly enjoy sharing their passion for the outdoors and enjoy working with children."
    St Kevin's Primary School
  • Teacher
    "We cannot fault the whole experience, from initial booking to the activities, accommodation, food and staff. Absolutely fantastic from start to finish!"
    Edinbarnet Primary School
  • Headteacher
    “I cannot praise Gowanbank highly enough! They looked after our pupils so well, nothing was too much trouble, and they were so supportive of our children with a variety of Additional Support Needs.”
    Barmulloch Primary School
  • Teacher
    “Such a wonderful experience for our pupils. Gowanbank staff were really invested in making sure our young people had a fulfilling, positive experience.”
    Hamilton College