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We’re Hiring for Outdoor Centre Wardens!

We're looking for Outdoor Centre Wardens to join our team at Bonaly Outdoor Centre. Bonaly Outdoor Centre is our beautiful campsite and activity centre based at the foot of the Pentland hills on the outskirts of Edinburgh. We are looking for Seasonal Outdoor Centre...

Bonaly Receives Life Saving Defibrillator

Working with St John Scotland, Bonaly has become the latest location to receive a life saving defibrillator. The defibrillator was put in place as part of the St John and the City Public Access Defibrillator project which aims to place the life saving devices at...

Chilling with Pentland Scouts

Over 100 Scouts from Pentland District came together for a wet - but exciting - brass monkey camp. The sky may have been dark with cloud, but it didn't dampen the spirits of the Scouts at Bonaly this weekend.  Leaders from across Pentland District put on a fantastic...

Bonaly Assistants – Explorers

You can still be a Bonaly Assistant Instructor! What is the Bonaly Assistants project? It will enable Explorer Scouts (including Young Leaders) to train to be Assistant Instructors and receive a Bonaly permit in a number of activities: Archery Bushcraft Mountain...

Opening times during winter months and Merry Christmas!

During the winter months weekend staff are not always required at Bonaly due to fewer bookings.  The glass reception building will always be open though so if you have something to drop off you can do so by posting it through the letterbox.  If you wish to visit to...

Meet the Staff Team

There have been a few changes to the staff team over the last year and we would like to introduce you to everyone!  The staff team supports the region and the 3 Centres ensuring that they are run efficiently. The new person leading the team is Gillian Fraser, our...

Welcome to 2016

Best Wishes to everyone involved in Scouting in South East Scotland Region for a happy and busy year ahead. During the year there are a number of events and activities taking place. There is a programme being offered at Bonaly which include some new activities, The...

March Madness

This event for Explorers and Young Leaders was held over the weekend of 28–29 March at Bonaly and nearly 80 Explorers (supported by over 20 leaders) from across the Region took part in a series of fun activities as well as contributing to a forum discussing issues...

Welcome to Bonaly!

What is Bonaly?

Bonaly is a 24-acre site to the South of Edinburgh at the foot of the Pentland hills. Situated in Colinton Village with easy access from the City Bypass and only five miles / eight kilometres from the city centre, Bonaly Outdoor Centre is an ideal base for a visit to Edinburgh or as a stopping place when visiting Scotland. The site has both indoor accommodation and camping facilities. Many activities are available both on and off site. From the slopes above the site there is a magnificent panoramic view across Edinburgh to the Firth of Forth and beyond.

McCallum Building

The McCallum Lodge contains the Reception and offices. The Reception offers tourist information and souvenirs. The opening times vary throughout the season but are displayed at the reception.

Day Visitors

It is not always necessary to stay overnight. Day visitors are welcome throughout the day and evening to enjoy the facilities at Bonaly.


All bookings are done through the Bonaly General Office. It is recommended that you contact the Centre to check availability before sending in a Booking Form. Contact can be done by telephone or email. For further details and forms please see the Booking section of the Contact page.

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