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Scottish Outdoor Education Centres

SOEC is Scottish charity  providing quality learning opportunities for children, young people and the community at large. We offer exciting experiential and outdoor learning to thousands of children and young people each year at our 3 Centres;  Belmont, Broomlee and Dounans.

SOEC is ideal for schools coming on school programme weeks; or as  a base for music or study where activities can be provided by SOEC’s qualified outdoor instructor team between rehearsal or study sessions.

As well as schools, SOEC is a great base for youth and community groups as well as anyone looking for  group accommodation in beautiful, rural surroundings. Give us a ring and see what we can do for you!

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.

Secondary School, Edinburgh

Useful links for teachers

SOEC and attainment                  Field Studies

SROI                                                Feedback

The Centres also provide ideal bases for groups wishing to use just the accommodation and do their own thing; skiing, walking, cycling in the vicinity, or as a base to explore    local cities or events such as the Edinburgh Festival or Fringe or 6 Nations Rugby  If your group is interested in accommodation only or facility hire for your own event, please contact us.

In addition to groups we also organise holiday activity clubs for individual children during the school holidays.


Transition to Work for young people with autism spectrum diagnoses

Please download the End of Project Report for further information on our recent collaborative programme with Lothian Autistic Society, funded by Scottish Natural Heritage. We devised a programme looking at the twin aims of determining the therapeutic value of the outdoors for these young people, and developing their employability skills.

LAS Transition to Work Final Report – PDF


SOEC Heritage Project

A new project is underway by bringing together people who stayed in the centres, recording their narratives and collecting photographs and documents between 1940-1960.  This project will bring to life the fascinating period of the SOEC history.

For more information please visit http://soecheritage.webs.com

Her Majesty the Queen visiting in 1955


Campaigning for Brilliant Residentials

brilliant-residentials_full-colourSchool trips with an overnight stay can be life changing experiences for young people.  We are campaigning for Brilliant Residentials to enable more young people to experience more high-quality residentials, which can lead to improved resilience, relationships, achievement and brighter, brilliant futures for young people.

Visit www.learningaway.org.uk or follow @LearningAway to pledge your support and join the campaign.  Information Leaflet – PDF 3MB


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Recruiting Now

SOEC is now recruiting for its 2019 teams.  Please visit our job opportunities page.

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Broomlee – Christmas bushcraft day

Sunday 15 December – 10 am to 4 pm
Come and have some pre-Christmas fun at Broomlee on Sunday 15 December with a bushcraft day.  Suitable for families and friends.

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Dounans news

Dounans Centre has been part funded by the Forth Valley & Lomond LEADER Programme through the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development