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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...

Bonaly Holiday Club Easter 2018

Did you know that Bonaly offers a Holiday Programme for kids through the school holidays? The Holiday Club/Adventure School at Bonaly Outdoor Centre is like no other - where else can they get to be like Bear Grylls and take part in a range of exciting activities,...

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...

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...

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