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Scottish Outdoor Education Centres

SOEC is a Scottish charity working to provide high quality learning opportunities for children, young people and the community at large all at affordable prices. We provide exciting and intelligent experiential and outdoor learning for thousands of children and young people each year at our 3 Centres across Scotland. Some come as pupils with their schools for our set school programme weeks; others come for music or study with or without activities provided by the SOEC outdoor tutor team.

We have been using Dounans to provide an outdoor residential learning experience with all our S1 pupils for the last five years. We keep going back as the people make it an outstanding experience. The leaders, instructors, cleaners and catering staff go out of their way to get it right for every child. In partnership with our school staff we are able to provide an experience which positively impacts on pupils’  skills for learning , life and work.

Royal High School, Edinburgh

As well as schools we welcome youth and community groups, special interest or sports and overseas groups. In addition we also organise holiday activity clubs for individual children during the school holidays.

If you are looking for further information or would like to make a booking enquiry relating to any of the Centres, please contact us.

The Centres are ideally suited for groups wishing to use just the accommodation and do their own thing; whether skiing, walking or cycling in the vicinity of the Centres.  If your group is interested in accommodation only use, please get in touch with us.


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Recruiting now for 2017 Tutor Team

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