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Experience the great outdoors at Gowanbank

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Fun, challenging activities at Gowanbank

Outdoor activities at Gowanbank

Experience and enjoy outdoor activities at Gowanbank!

In search of a memorable weekend getaway or residential experience? We are here to help you create a tailor-made outdoor activity programme for your visit. Challenge yourself on our tree climb, test your archery skills, or build trust as you navigate through the forest blindfolded along our nightline trail. Or try out some of relationship-building activities. Dive into bushcraft, where you’ll construct your shelter, light a fire, bake bread, and engage in great conversation along the way.

We also offer on-site facilities for those who wish to lead their own activities. We provide a brief induction and all the resources you need – ideal for evening activities or free time.

Booking your activities

Planning outdoor activities at Gowanbank is a breeze. Discuss your activity programme with us and we’ll assist you in designing the perfect itinerary for you and your group. Flexibility is our forte, and we’ll work closely with you to create a progamme that suits your group’s needs.

Find out more about how to book.

There’s more to explore!

At Gowanbank, the possibilities for activities are as limitless as your imagination, with plenty of space for wide games and lots of countryside and parkland to explore further afield. We’d love to hear about what you get up to during your visit. Share your ideas and photos on our Facebook or Instagram pages.

Everyone included

Our team is committed to providing activities that are accessible to individuals with disabilities and additional support needs. We collaborate with young people, caregivers and parents in advance of their visit to create an approach that best supports them. We assess and prepare reasonable adjustments to make the centre and activities accessible to everyone.


Instructor led activities
Self- led activities
Offsite activities



A thrilling outdoor activity where participants face their fears by abseiling down a rock face.  A great activity for building trust and growing in confidence.


Tap into your inner Robin Hood and practice your aim whilst playing some fun games.

Archery Tag

A fun game of combat archery - which team will rack up the most hits?


boy mountain bikingDepending on time you have available, try our offsite tracks!

Bushcraft Breadmaking

Three girls smiling and holding the bread they made during a bushcraft session at Gowanbank.

Bake bread over a fire - a great activity for building relationships through conversation around the fire.

Bushcraft Firelighting

lighting a fire

Great social activities with lots of fun.

Starting from scratch with a fire steel, perhaps using Kelly kettles.

Bushcraft Shelter Building

Two children dressed in warm clothes, holding large branches to build a shelter, as part of a bushcraft session on a school residential at Gowanbank.Can you build a waterproof shelter for you and your team using natural materials?

Bushcraft Wood Carving

A creative outdoor activity where participants use tools to sculpt objects from wood.

Crate Climbing

Crate climbing is a team-building challenge where participants stack and balance crates to reach greater heights, testing their balance, coordination, and teamwork.

Escape Room

Work your way through our puzzling Escape Room - which team will make it out in the fastest time?

Fire Pit

Try out our fire pit one evening with campfire songs & marshmallows to toast - a perfect setting for great conversations around the fire.

group gathered around the fire pit at gowanbank

Football, hockey, etc.

group using outdoor space at gowanbank for footballKick a ball or play hockey in the car park - a great way to chill and relax!


Climb up Loudoun Hill and see the amazing views across Ayrshire at the top - you might even be able to spot the Isle of Arran on a clear day!

Local Walks

The centre has a fabulous location with lots of great local walks. Our team can give you some good local routes to take.

Nature Walk

Head to Lanfine Estate to see the wild boars and peacocks and learn about the wildlife along the way.

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Team Challenges

A number of different challenges to work through in teams, with an egg-citing finale!

group of teenagers solving a team challenge at gowanbank

Tree Climb

Learn the skill of working the ropes & tree climbing techniques whilst having fun!

Rock Climbing

Challenge your body and mind and see how high you can climb!


Head to the beach and see what we can find living in the rockpools!

Silent Disco

School programmes

For information about our school programmes, visit our dedicated schools website, Classroom Outdoors.

"Our young people thought the activities were great and relished the challenge of it."

Libby, Junction 12