About 450 million years ago a huge explosion took place approximately 2 kilometres
under the earth’s surface. This activity created a metamorphic rock pluton (a blister),
which formed and cooled. Tbis was eroded by the glaciers of various historical ice
ages and over millions of years to form Arran’s northern hills, which have stood
as centurions and custodians of the Island. They are an adventurers and explorers
playground, a paradise for geologists and geographers, and home to many classic
‘traditional’ summer and winter rock climbs and winter mountaineering routes, put
up by some of Scotland’s most famous climbers and mountaineers. The A Chir Ridge
and the Sannox horseshoe are among Scotland’s finest ridge walks
and should be on every mountaineer’s to do list.
At Arran Outdoor Education Centre we are perfectly located to be able to offer you
a first class experience in the hills that will not be forgotten. Our complement
of experienced Staff who hold both Summer and Winter Mountain Leaders awards, have
intimate knowledge of the hills, and spend many of their own recreational hours
in the high hills, climbing and mountaineering, and two members of our staff are
also volunteer members of Arran’s Mountain Rescue Team.
At the Centre, we pride ourselves on our ability to make your day not only safe
and fun but also a day of learning and education, during which we will be able to
talk to you informatively about local history, flora and fauna, geology and geography,
and about the environment. During a day in the mountains, our experienced Instructors
can teach you how to navigate by map and compass effectively and also, if you wish,
how to use a GPS. There is also scope to visit a ‘geocache’ or two in the mountains
whilst out for the day. We can teach you how to interpret the map, relate the map
to the ground, how to plan and navigate a route, and we can instruct in all aspects
of planning and preparing for a day to be safe in the mountains, or on an expedition.
We can offer advice on suitable equipment to use, what and what not to buy, and
what to do if things unfortunately go wrong. We can provide all equipment, outer
shells, day sacks and boots, and we can also provide packed lunches.
On an Educational basis, we deliver many walks to both pupils and staff of both
Primary and Secondary schools, again with the main focus on safety, fun and learning.
There is an educational focus on our walks, and in doing this we are able to fulfil
many of the learning outcomes within Scotland’s
Curriculum For Excellence, in particular many that fall within the
Health and Wellbeing subjects. Even doing something as simple as teaching children
the basic use of a compass, allows us to hit numeracy outcomes.
A day in the mountains with Arran Outdoor Education Centre is no ordinary day; we
can make it what you want it to be. Our staff are not Mountain Guides, they are
experienced Outdoor Education Instructors, who are extremely professionally qualified
and experienced. If you would like to spend a day in the mountains with us, please
contact the Centre.