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ABOUT US


SU Scotland and Gowanbank


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About Gowanbank

A Christian residential activity and conference centre

Gowanbank is one of SU Scotland’s three residential activity centres. People of all ages come to stay and the beauty of the centre is its flexibility. You can book the centre as a base to explore the area. You can plan your own activities, conference or retreat and take time to relax and enjoy the peace and tranquility of this beautiful area.

The centre was donated to SU Scotland in 2017 to use as a residential centre. The building has been converted to provide an all year round centre to deliver SU Holidays and residential activities for school groups. As well as delivering holidays, part of our vision is for training, development and discipleship of leaders through our own programme, or a venue for others to use.

Come and visit – we’d love to get to know you and our group!


About SU Scotland

Our vision is to see every child and young person in Scotland exploring the Bible and responding to the significance of Jesus.

As a Christian charity we are part of the worldwide family of Scripture Union movements that began nearly 150 years ago and now operates in over 120 countries across the world. In Scotland around 2,000 volunteers are supported by over 100 staff and associate workers. We work in partnership with local churches wherever we can, training, equipping, and working with children and young people. Wherever you find children and young people – in schools, on holiday, in local communities or online – you’ll find us providing opportunities to explore the Bible and respond to the significance of Jesus whilst making friends and having fun. 

Come and stay!

Come for the weekend, or anytime for that matter!

If you are looking for the right venue for a weekend for your youth group, church weekend, or similar, Gowanbank could be just the place.  Find out more about what we offer for short or long weekends away and how to get booked up here.

Come for an SU Holiday

During the school holidays, Gowanbank will be home to some SU Holidays. Drama, music and comedy are all on the agenda at different events lined up for summer and the autumn.

Come for a School residential

SU Scotland has over 25 years of relevant experience delivering Classroom Outdoors. These residential events for primary and secondary schools are tailored to the Curriculum for Excellence and could be just what your pupils need. Find out more on our dedicated schools website.

27 April 2019

Video tour

Are you looking for a venue for a conference or a summer camp or retreat? Gowanbank is located in the beautiful part of Ayrshire, Scotland. You […]
4 August 2022

Meet Marjory – one of Gowanbank’s volunteers

Last year, our gap year placement, Laura, caught up with Marjory who volunteers here on the Gowanbank team. Watch the video to hear about what Marjory […]

"Foolproof has been running drama holidays in partnership with SU Scotland for ten years, and since 2018 we’ve been based at Gowanbank. The centre offers an ideal space for a creative events with plenty of breakout space for rehearsals and workshops, a large meeting room for small performances and lots of comfy seating for relaxing and learning lines! The grounds are super when the weather is good, and all of the dorms have en suite bathrooms."

Fiona Stewart, Creative Director, Foolproof Creative Arts