For Schools

Welcome to North Ayrshire's Arran Outdoor Education Centre

Groups of school children at AOEC

Located on the shores of Lamlash Bay on the beautiful Island of Arran, our purpose built Outdoor Education Centre is the perfect place to access the outdoors. The Island of Arran is famous for its granite mountains and remote forest trails, while its sheltered bays form beautiful anchorages. These wild and stunning landscapes are the perfect 'Scotland in miniature'.

At the Arran Outdoor Education Centre, we want you to know what to expect whether you are a Pupil, Teacher, Parent or Guardian, we want you to enjoy the experience of learning outdoors!

Our aims are to:

  • Provide wide ranging opportunities to participate in Outdoor Education
  • Provide a change of personal experiences in a new setting
  • Promote an awareness of environmental issues
  • Promote a healthy lifestyle
  • Maintain high standards of care and safety at all times

You can follow our adventures with school groups on our dedicated schools facebook pages .

Primary Schools

Our schools course supports 'A Curriculum for Excellence.' It is delivered using critical skills techniques with the added advantage of learning in the real world. Our aim is to offer children and young people the opportunity to access the curriculum in a new and more relevant way that is both exciting and enjoyable.

The primary Schools programme at Arran Outdoor education Centre is designed for P7 children who are about to make the transition to secondary school. The focus of the programme is children and their personal and social development through outdoor activities. Courses are of a multi activity format allowing children to experience many outdoor activities. This range of activities will enable children to make considered choices later, on whether to follow these activities or not. The day time activities are supported by an evening programme which includes teamwork and reviewing. This encourages children to reflect on their own performance and take forward their own personal and social development

All our p7 Courses encompass the John Muir Award.

Curriculum for Excellence

Our entire P7 courses meet certain aspects within the Curriculum for Excellence model:

Courses are generally run over five days, comprising four nights, three full days, and a half day on Monday and Friday.

Because of the nature of the course and to permit access to varied types of challenging conditions and terrain, the group ratio is maintained at 1:12 on land based activities excluding Mountain Biking which is 1-8 ratio. Where possible we aim for each team to work with the same instructor throughout the week to enable very important bonds to be formed both between the children and instructor. We positively encourage visiting school staff to join the children on the activities.

Secondary Schools

The Centre also offers a leadership and development programme aimed at S3 level. This course has been designed by our very experienced staff over a period of years who have themselves vast and varied experience in personal development. Added to this we are able to offer a weekend aspiration course aimed at S5-6 which enable young adults to realise their own potential as well as raising attainment.

Whilst we understand that most young people who come to stay at the centre are excited about the activities, we believe that the social interaction of living and being with each other is just as important as the activities themselves. This enables young people to learn lifelong social skills which will support them well past their school life.

Useful documents

Schools Pack 2017 (PDF 999Kb)

Pupil Passport (Word 81Kb)

Inclusion for Children with Additional Support Needs (Word 45Kb)

Why would you choose Arran Outdoor Education Centre?

All staff at Arran Outdoor Education Centre work here because they want to engage with young people and make a difference. Whether Instructional or house keeping staff, our aim is to provide a very safe, clean and welcoming learning environment to every student and teacher that stays with us. This makes sure that every aspect of your course from booking to leaving is a memorable experience.