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Bonaly message Dec 2017

Holiday dates for the Regional Office and Bonaly Outdoor Centre The Regional Office and Bonaly Outdoor Centre will be closed from Friday 22 December 2017 to 3 January 2018.  During this time, staff will be monitoring the site for security but will not be in the office...

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...

Leaders – Try Before You Book at Bonaly!

We would like to invite all volunteers in the Region to a free taster session for leaders to see what Bonaly has to offer groups. There have been many improvements taking place at Bonaly Outdoor Centre over the last year (plus more to come once we’ve heard from you...

Try before you book at Bonaly!

Bonaly Outdoor Centre would like to invite you to its free preview and taster sessions.  This is a fantastic opportunity for teachers and group leaders to see what Bonaly has to offer.  Situated on a 24 acre site at the bottom of the Pentland Hills yet only...

Assistant Instructors at Bonaly

Since January a group of Explorers from different parts of the Region have been training as Assistant Instructors with Beavers, Cubs, Scouts and others. So far they have covered High Ropes, the Mohawk Walk, Nightline, Mountain Board, Archery and Axe Throwing.  They...

Special Visitors for Braid District

Braid District's Cartoon Cub Camp was visited by two of the Chief Commissioners and a number of local MSPs checked in with both the Cubs and Scouts.   Cubs from Braid District got together where they watched and created cartoons, and participated in various...

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...

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


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