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BONALY OUTDOOR CENTRE

for action and adventure

Welcome to Bonaly!

Appointment of new Centre Manager for Bonaly Centre

Mark CampbellMessage from John Cannon: “I am delighted to announce that Mark Campbell has accepted the position of Centre Manager, Bonaly Scout Centre, and will join South East Scotland Scouts on 6th May 2019.

Mark joins us from his role as Centre Manager at Broomlee Centre, a Scottish Outdoor Education Centre, located in West Linton. Mark has a degree in outdoor studies and brings with him a wealth of experience of working in the outdoor education sector in both instructor and management positions. Mark has also developed an understanding and practice of business management while running his own monumental masonry business earlier in his career.

Mark was also a Cub, Scout and Venture Scout, going on to become an Assistant Scout Leader before being caught up with the demands of his business.  Mark said to me that it was his time in Scouting that led him to seek a career in the outdoors and when he saw the opportunity to join South East Scotland Scouts, he felt it was an opportunity too good to miss!

I’m sure everyone in the Region will join me in welcoming Mark and wish him every success in his new challenge!

John Cannon
Chair of South East Scotland Scouts

Message from Mark Campbell: “I am very excited and feel privileged to be the Manager of Bonaly, and am looking forward to getting started. It’s great to be back in Scouting.”

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.

Bonaly site and the city

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.

Bonaly Reception in McCallum Building

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.

High Challenge Course at Bonaly

Bookings

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.

Mountain boards ready for action at Bonaly
Camping event at Bonaly
Traditional tents at Bonaly

Bonaly News

Bonaly’s Buzzing

The Centre’s team at Bonaly opened the 2019 season by welcoming Explorer Scouts from Cockenzie who were taking part in the Zodiac Gold Award.  This involves camping out for one night every month during which they must complete 12 of the 30 Zodiac Award Challenges.  ...

More and better activities at Bonaly?

Work of the Bonaly Business Planning Group is progressing well and we are fortunate that Mark Campbell, our new Centre Manager, is joining us at the meetings, despite not officially starting until Monday 6 May.   Our next step is to pull together all the work done by...

Regional Staffing Review

With reference to previous updates in this Newsletter regarding a Regional staffing review, we are delighted to announce that the review has completed. This review has been conducted over the summer months and has been led by the Regional Chair’s committee and has...

Outdoor Centre Manager

Are you an experienced and enthusiastic Outdoor Centre Manager? We need an experienced and enthusiastic Centre Manager for our Bonaly Outdoor Centre! Could you be the right person for us? Or do you know someone who could assist us develop the services we offer at the...

MSP Kezia flies high at Bonaly

The South East Scotland Scouts Leadership team were very pleased to welcome Kezia Dugdale MSP to Bonaly Outdoor Centre at the end of April. Kezia was keen to learn more about the opportunities that Scouting provides to young people in the Lothians, which...

Update from John Cannon, our new Chairman of the Region

I would like to say I’m looking forward to performing the role as Chairman and I’m keen to work with everyone to support Margery Naylor, the Regional Commissioner, and her team in delivering great Scouting across the Region. I am at the start of a steep learning curve...

Bonaly News

Bonaly’s Buzzing

The Centre’s team at Bonaly opened the 2019 season by welcoming Explorer Scouts from Cockenzie who were taking part in the Zodiac Gold Award.  This involves camping out for one night every month during which they must complete 12 of the 30 Zodiac Award Challenges.  ...

More and better activities at Bonaly?

Work of the Bonaly Business Planning Group is progressing well and we are fortunate that Mark Campbell, our new Centre Manager, is joining us at the meetings, despite not officially starting until Monday 6 May.   Our next step is to pull together all the work done by...

Regional Staffing Review

With reference to previous updates in this Newsletter regarding a Regional staffing review, we are delighted to announce that the review has completed. This review has been conducted over the summer months and has been led by the Regional Chair’s committee and has...

Outdoor Centre Manager

Are you an experienced and enthusiastic Outdoor Centre Manager? We need an experienced and enthusiastic Centre Manager for our Bonaly Outdoor Centre! Could you be the right person for us? Or do you know someone who could assist us develop the services we offer at the...

MSP Kezia flies high at Bonaly

The South East Scotland Scouts Leadership team were very pleased to welcome Kezia Dugdale MSP to Bonaly Outdoor Centre at the end of April. Kezia was keen to learn more about the opportunities that Scouting provides to young people in the Lothians, which...

Update from John Cannon, our new Chairman of the Region

I would like to say I’m looking forward to performing the role as Chairman and I’m keen to work with everyone to support Margery Naylor, the Regional Commissioner, and her team in delivering great Scouting across the Region. I am at the start of a steep learning curve...

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.

Bonaly site and the city

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.

Bonaly Reception in McCallum Building

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.

High Challenge Course at Bonaly

Bookings

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.

Mountain boards ready for action at Bonaly
Camping event at Bonaly
Traditional tents at Bonaly
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