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Bring your group to Gowanbank!

Looking for a residential activity centre in Scotland, with the flexibility to enjoy exciting activities or just to “be” together?

Here’s how to book Gowanbank. Have a think about what you want your group to get out of their residential and when you may want to come. Once you have an idea of when and what you would like the emphasis to be, we can help you make a booking and get a detailed plan in place for your event.

Happy to help!

We always aim to be:

  • Helpful
  • Flexible
  • Available

It’s your visit, and we’re there to help make sure you get the most from the centre and your time with us. We can do more or less of the planning, depending on what will help you.

We want you to have a great experience. Maybe you want to incorporate some outdoor activities, particularly if one of your aims is to get your group to know one another better. Perhaps it’s more about a retreat, a houseparty, time out or training, in which case we’ll melt in to the background, but always be on hand to help if required.

Want the place to yourselves?

If you are happy to pay the minimum occupancy for the centre, you will be the only group here. The place becomes yours, and you can use it exactly the way that suits your group. No negotiation with other groups over space, resources or activities. Programme times and the duration of activities can be flexible too.

So, if you are looking for a residential activity centre in Scotland, do please check us out. You can’t book your event online, because it makes sense to discuss exactly what will suit you before you make the booking. We’re quite friendly, so just call us, email or fill in the enquiry form on this page and we’ll be happy to chat it all through.

Prices for 2022

Self-catered – up to £64.50 per person per weekend.

Catered weekends – up to £115 per person per weekend.

Minimum occupancy – 34

Both prices include full use of the facilities. All prices include VAT.

Contact us to make a booking.

Weekend Availability

** Last minute availability 15th - 21st August 2022 **

  • 9th to 11th December 2022
  • 16th to 18th December 2022
  • 6th to 8th January 2023
  • 20th to 22nd January 2023
  • 27th to 29th January 2023
  • 3rd to 5th February 2023
  • 24th to 26th February 2023
  • 10th to 12th March 2023
  • 17th to 19th March 2023
  • 14th to 16th April 2023
  • 28th to 30th April 2023
In the event of cancellation by a group, the deposits paid are non-refundable. Where the cancellation occurs within twelve weeks of the event, groups will be liable for the full fee unless the vacancy can be filled by another group. If the event has to be cancelled by the centre for any reason and another mutually agreed date cannot be organised, any payment made will be refunded. More details will be available on the booking form.
If you have to cancel your event as a direct result of Scottish Government restrictions related to Coronavirus, a refund of any balance paid will be made. Cancellation must be made in writing in advance of your arrival date. If you cancel for any other reason our normal cancellation terms apply.


Thinking about bringing a group of pupils on a school residential? Take a look at Classroom Outdoors.


Want to come during the holidays?  Check out SU Holidays.


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Video tour

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Highlight was "Comfortable, warm, spotless rooms. Welcoming staff and delightful food."

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