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Curriculum for Excellence in action

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Take the classroom outdoors

Bring learning to life

Discover engaging school residentials and activity days with Gowanbank Classroom Outdoors

Children on school residential, outside of Gowanbank, jumping in the air.

Looking for a school residential or activity day in Scotland that will delight, inform and inspire? Look no further than Classroom Outdoors! We have over 30 years of experience providing enriching school residential experiences and activity days for pupils of all ages.

We fully align our programmes with Scotland’s Curriculum for Excellence and we are passionate about ensuring every child has the opportunity to experience learning outside of the classroom walls.

At Classroom Outdoors, we believe in creating a safe and inclusive environment where pupils can thrive. Through new experiences and challenges, they will develop confidence, independence and resilience, whilst deepening their connections with peers and nature.

Why choose Gowanbank?

From activity days, to school residentials, to multi-week programmes, there’s so much you can do at Gowanbank.

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.

  • Located in Ayrshire, just 35 minutes south of Glasgow
  • 48 beds across 10 en-suite bedrooms
  • Exclusive use of building on school residential trips
  • Fully catered 3 meals each day
  • Tailored programme of activities
  • A mixture of on-site and off-site activities (transport to off-site activities included)
  • Space for up to 32 pupils on a residential (get in touch to discuss options if you have a larger group)
  • 1 free teacher place for every 8 pupils

Whether you’re planning your end of primary school residential, a team-building trip for your new secondary school pupils, a study weekend or a day out of the classroom – we can tailor a programme to meet your specific needs.

Partner with us and bring outdoor learning to life in your school. Explore our dedicated schools website, Classroom Outdoors, to find out more about our range of school residentials and activity days.

Visit our dedicated schools website to find out more.


"Such a wonderful experience for our pupils. Gowanbank staff were really invested in making sure our young people had a fulfilling, positive experience."

Teacher, Primary School, 2023