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Comfortable accommodation and flexible catering options.

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Accommodation and Catering at Gowanbank, SU Scotland’s Outdoor Activity and Conference Centre

Nestled within the beautiful Irvine valley, in East Ayrshire, SU Scotland’s Outdoor Activity Centre and Christian Conference Centre could be the prefect venue for your next event. Whether you’re planning a conference, retreat, school trip or a weekend getaway, Gowanbank offers a warm and inviting atmosphere for all.

Flexible accommodation

At Gowanbank,  we can accommodate up to 48 guests. Our standard minimum occupancy for non-school bookings is 34, but we offer flexibility during certain times of the year. If you’re looking to bring a school group to Gowanbank, please visit our dedicated schools website for more information.

Enjoy comfortable accommodation across 10 en-suite bedrooms that sleep from 2 to 7 guests, including an accessible ground floor room with an accessible wet-room bathroom.

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Catering at Gowanbank

At Gowanbank, you have the flexibility to choose either self catered or catered options for your event. Our self-catered option empowers you to manage your own catering budget and plan your food exactly the way you want. If you would prefer to have the catering provided for you, we offer a catered option for both weekends and mid-week stays. Don’t hesitate to get in touch with us to explore which option would be best for your stay.


For our self-catered option, you’ll be in charge of planning and preparing your meals, serving, clearing and washing dishes. On arrival, a member of our staff will provide a kitchen induction for your designated cook. We recommend that your cook has an elementary hygiene certificate, as a minimum.

Our commercial standard kitchen is fully equipped to the latest standards. It has two six-burner gas cookers with ovens, commercial dishwashers, a fridge, freezer, commercial microwave and food mixer. Cooking utensils, baking trays, cutlery and crockery are all provided. We also provide cleaning materials and liquids for dishes, surfaces, dishwasher and floors, along with kitchen linen and black bags.

Read our catering guide to find out more about our catering facilities.

Guests enjoying a meal in the vibrant yellow-walled dining room at Gowanbank Activity and Conference Centre.


If you would like us to cater for your group for all or part of your stay, please ask. We would be happy to discuss your requirements and costs.


We provide full catering for mid-week school bookings. See Classroom Outdoors for more information about what we offer schools.

"A really great space and location for us to spend time together as a church family."

Church group, 2023