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BONALY SCOUT CENTRE

for action and adventure

Welcome to Bonaly Scout Centre!

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 Scout 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.

Camping event at Bonaly

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
Traditional tents at Bonaly

Bonaly News

Residential weekend: Save the Date

The South East training team will be hosting a residential weekend at Bonaly Scout Centre 13 – 15 March 2020. It’ll kick off on the Friday evening, and finishes on Sunday afternoon. Details are still to be finalised, but we’ll be offering all the modules for Section...

Busy Year at Bonaly Scout Centre

It’s been a busy year at Bonaly Scout Centre with 13,000 visitors staying for a total of 21,000 bed nights; and over 700 visitors on our busiest weekend in May. People have been visiting Bonaly from far and wide with international groups from Germany, Spain, Austria,...

Progress, Pumpkins and Popcorn at Bonaly Scout Centre

As the days get shorter we are a bit quieter here at Bonaly, but it was still great to see over 500 people use the centre in October. Work has now started to build the two new toilets in the Baronial Hall and when finished they will be open for everyone to use. Our...

Bonaly Bonus – such a lot happening!

SMESU (South Morningside Explorer Scout Unit) in the newly cleaned Roman Bath. There has been a lot of Scouting happening at Bonaly in September - Blair Atholl selection, SMESU training for their Rwanda trip and Pentland’s District Beavers Campfire, to name a few. We...

Bonaly Update

Things have been a bit quieter for us at Bonaly during the Scout holidays, but we have still had over 650 people stay with us in August. We have been pleased to welcome groups from our region, elsewhere in Scotland, England, Poland, The Netherlands and Germany. Our...

Exciting times at Bonaly Scout Centre

2019 has been a busy year so far at Bonaly Scout Centre with 9500 visitors from a number of countries including Poland, Germany, Spain, Austria and The Netherlands. Along with all our Scouting and Guiding visitors, we have had schools, youth organisations, corporate...

Update on Bonaly Scout Centre

Mark Campbell, the new Centre Manager, is now in post and working hard to ensure everyone’s visit is the best ever. Barry Johnston, the Site Manager, and the Maintenance Team members who all belong to the Active Support Unit (ASU), have also been hard at work branding...

Fifty Cubs from Durham visit Edinburgh and have a great time!

Fifty Cubs from Durham City District came up by coach for their District Camp at Bonaly Scout Centre in Edinburgh. On Saturday we woke up to snow followed by lots of rain, but the Cubs weren't going to be put off by that.  Having started to plan the route on Friday...

My dream job!!

When I first started camping at Bonaly, Jack Cuthill was in charge and trek carts were the primary means of transport.  Fortunately, my Troop, the 134th Craiglockhart had bought an ex-army radio cart with suspension which could be pushed and pulled by 4 people.  This...

Win a free weekend in the new Bell Tents at Bonaly!

Can you think of a great name for the new Bell Tents camp at Bonaly? Involve your young people in our competition and win a free weekend for your Beaver or Cub section! Please send your suggestions for names to Neil Hogg, Assistant Regional Commissioner (Section...

Bonaly News

Residential weekend: Save the Date

The South East training team will be hosting a residential weekend at Bonaly Scout Centre 13 – 15 March 2020. It’ll kick off on the Friday evening, and finishes on Sunday afternoon. Details are still to be finalised, but we’ll be offering all the modules for Section...

Busy Year at Bonaly Scout Centre

It’s been a busy year at Bonaly Scout Centre with 13,000 visitors staying for a total of 21,000 bed nights; and over 700 visitors on our busiest weekend in May. People have been visiting Bonaly from far and wide with international groups from Germany, Spain, Austria,...

Progress, Pumpkins and Popcorn at Bonaly Scout Centre

As the days get shorter we are a bit quieter here at Bonaly, but it was still great to see over 500 people use the centre in October. Work has now started to build the two new toilets in the Baronial Hall and when finished they will be open for everyone to use. Our...

Bonaly Bonus – such a lot happening!

SMESU (South Morningside Explorer Scout Unit) in the newly cleaned Roman Bath. There has been a lot of Scouting happening at Bonaly in September - Blair Atholl selection, SMESU training for their Rwanda trip and Pentland’s District Beavers Campfire, to name a few. We...

Bonaly Update

Things have been a bit quieter for us at Bonaly during the Scout holidays, but we have still had over 650 people stay with us in August. We have been pleased to welcome groups from our region, elsewhere in Scotland, England, Poland, The Netherlands and Germany. Our...

Exciting times at Bonaly Scout Centre

2019 has been a busy year so far at Bonaly Scout Centre with 9500 visitors from a number of countries including Poland, Germany, Spain, Austria and The Netherlands. Along with all our Scouting and Guiding visitors, we have had schools, youth organisations, corporate...

Update on Bonaly Scout Centre

Mark Campbell, the new Centre Manager, is now in post and working hard to ensure everyone’s visit is the best ever. Barry Johnston, the Site Manager, and the Maintenance Team members who all belong to the Active Support Unit (ASU), have also been hard at work branding...

Fifty Cubs from Durham visit Edinburgh and have a great time!

Fifty Cubs from Durham City District came up by coach for their District Camp at Bonaly Scout Centre in Edinburgh. On Saturday we woke up to snow followed by lots of rain, but the Cubs weren't going to be put off by that.  Having started to plan the route on Friday...

My dream job!!

When I first started camping at Bonaly, Jack Cuthill was in charge and trek carts were the primary means of transport.  Fortunately, my Troop, the 134th Craiglockhart had bought an ex-army radio cart with suspension which could be pushed and pulled by 4 people.  This...

Win a free weekend in the new Bell Tents at Bonaly!

Can you think of a great name for the new Bell Tents camp at Bonaly? Involve your young people in our competition and win a free weekend for your Beaver or Cub section! Please send your suggestions for names to Neil Hogg, Assistant Regional Commissioner (Section...

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 Scout 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