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Why International Groups Choose SOEC?

Over 12,000 visitors stay at our three Scottish Outdoor Education Centres every year in groups ranging from 10 to 200 people.  We have three Centres:

  • Broomlee (16 miles south of the Capital City of Edinburgh);
  • Belmont (south of the Cairngorm National Park, north of Dundee); and
  • Dounans (in Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park, north of Glasgow.)

At each Centre, you can access rooms of various sizes and grounds of over 12 ha (30 acres).   Some groups use our Centres as convenient bases from which to explore the many spectacular cultural and sporting events in Scotland at any time of the year.

Groups Stay at SOEC for:

  • Cultural exchange visits
  • Adventure Activity holiday camps
  • Music venues: choirs, orchestras, drama groups
  • Links to festivals and sporting events
  • English language camps
  • Expedition support to Scotland’s Mountains and Lochs

Recent visitors to Scotland staying at SOEC include: International School of Brescia, Italy; the School of Moscow, Russia; Banque de France, Paris; Hoogeschool Van Hall Larenstein, Netherlands; and Young Leaders through Learning from Malawi.  We also host gatherings such as the Scottish Young Carers Festival and sporting events such as European Junior Orienteering.

If you are considering visiting Scotland, please chat to us.  We’d be delighted to help with your visit.

We look forward to welcoming you to Scotland.

Further Information

Telephone          44 (0)1899  221115


We travelled from Moscow with a group of Year 6s and had a fantastic time at Dounans. The staff were extremely professional and looked after the kids (and us!) very well. There is a good balance of fun and challenge and I can definitely say it was an unforgettable experience for all concerned.  Furthermore the location is beautiful – the children were able to run wild on the vast field and really loved it. Rebecca – International School of Moscow

We had an excellent time at Broomlee. The instructors were fantastic and the activities perfect for our group of students.  Sarah in particular was attentive to our group, professional and patient with all the children.  We will be highly recommending Broomlee to all other partner schools in our group (in Italy). We certainly will return in the next few years with another group of students.  Michael – International School of Breschia

Dates to Note 2018 and 2019

Bringing world-class arts to the capital since 1947, the EIF sets the standard for classical concerts, opera, dance and theatre, with performers drawn from around the world.

Every August, the EIF transforms one of the world’s most beautiful cities. The International Festival’s success is built on an uncompromising commitment to virtuosity and originality, inviting some of the finest creators and performers from the worlds of theatre, music, opera and dance to offer a unique experience for audiences.

The largest arts festival in the world and the greatest show on earth.

Every year thousands of performers take to a multitude of stages all over Edinburgh to present shows for every taste. From big names in the world of entertainment to unknown artists looking to build their careers, the festival caters for everyone and includes theatre, comedy, dance, physical theatre, musicals, operas, music, exhibitions and events.

The Tattoo is hugely spectacular and attracts performers as well as visitors from countries around the world.   It popularity is reflected in it being televise in over 40 countries with a viewing audience of over 100 million worldwide.

If you’re thinking of bringing groups of young people to the world famous Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo, Broomlee Centre is an ideal base.  Broomlee is also close to other major attractions such as Edinburgh Castle, the Scottish Parliament, Holyrood Palace, the Royal Mile and much, much more.