Experience Gowanbank –SU Scotland’s outdoor activity and christian conference centre, nestled in the heart of the Irvine valley in Ayrshire, Scotland.
Whether you’re looking to book a school residential trip, weekend away, conference or retreat, we are dedicated to ensuring your stay with us is comfortable and enjoyable. Our friendly team are always on hand to help you feel at home, and our wide range of activities will keep you entertained and engaged throughout your stay. From peaceful walks in nature to thrilling outdoor activities, there is something for everyone. Our spacious and well-equipped facilities provide the perfect haven to rest, relax and recharge after a day of adventure.
- Comfortable en-suite accommodation
- Sleeps up to 48
- Accessible ground floor bedroom
- Catered and self-catered options
- Option to include outdoor activities
- Easy to get to – just off the A71
Book with us today and make Gowanbank your new home away from home!
"We loved being given the space to make ourselves at home this week, whilst knowing staff were on hand should we need them. Everyone was lovely and super friendly. We loved having the different lounge spaces."
Church Leader, 2022
School Residentials and Activity Days
We provide school residential and day experiences for P4 - S6 pupils. Enjoy exclusive use of the centre on a school residential or take a day out of the classroom for an activity day. We will work with you to tailor a programme to your groups needs and your objectives for the visit.
Visit our Classroom Outdoors website to find out more.
"My staff who had never been to Gowanbank before were overwhelmed by the kindness and nurturing approach of ALL staff and volunteers. Gowanbank is amazing - the children thoroughly enjoyed their break, for some of them, their first time away from home."
School Headteacher, 2023
Conferences and Training Events
Gowanbank offers a welcoming and fully-equipped space for conferences and training events. With comfortable accommodation in en-suite rooms, and plenty of meeting and breakout space, we provide the ideal environment for fostering creativity, collaboration, and meaningful discussions.
"The whole experience at Gowanbank was excellent, you made us feel so welcome and nothing was too difficult for you."
BTBAB Staff Retreat, 2023
Whether you come away for a day, a weekend, or an extended programme, we can guarantee your young people will benefit from spending time outside of their normal environment, taking on new challenges, learning to rely on one another and learning skills that will last them a lifetime.
Get in touch to see how we can tailor an unforgettable experience for your youth group!