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BONALY SCOUT CENTRE

for action and adventure

Welcome to Bonaly Scout Centre!

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

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update 20/05/20

Due to the Coronavirus outbreak, the Centre has closed for the rest of the summer.  All bookings until 31st August 2020 have been cancelled and refunds will be arranged with each of our customers. We recognise that we may have to extend the period of closure and will follow government and Scouting advice.  You can still contact the Centre and the Regional Office by email (info@sesscouts.org.uk).  

We realise that this is a difficult time for all members of our Region and customers of our Scout Centres. We hope that you are all well and manage to avoid this infection.

John Bruce
Bonaly Scout Centre

Bonaly is Back Buzzing!

Campfires have been burning, marshmallows toasting and lots of happy smiling faces running around (and that’s just the leaders!) In September, we reopened our grounds so groups could come and enjoy Bonaly while being Covid secure, each group is allocated their own...

Getting Back to Bonaly

Bonaly Scout Centre is now open for day visits on Thursday and Friday evenings and all-day at the weekends until the end of November 2020.  To remain COVID Secure your group will be allocated one of four zones in the main field and will have sole use of toilet...

Bonaly Scout Centre is Back!

We are delighted to announce that our grounds are open for Scouting to meet up - following Scouting guidance for the Yellow phase. We will be open for evening visits on Thursdays and Fridays 18:00 – 21:00, and for day visits on Saturdays 10:00 – 15:00. Group size will...

Encouraging Moving on From Scouts to Explorers

Links Between Scout Troop & Explorer Scout Unit   The aim is for all Scouts to become Explorer Scouts. The Scout Leader (SL) and Explorer Scout Leader (ESL) will, with the support of the Group Scout Leader (GSL) and District Explorer Scout Commissioner...

Pentland Brass Monkey 2020

At the start of February, Bonaly played host to the annual Pentland Brass Monkey camp which was attended by 240 Scouts and 80 adults. This year’s event saw troops from West and East Lothian taking part for the first time, as well as the usual suspects from Pentland....

Catering Help Needed at Bonaly

Would you have some spare time on your hands and be willing to help prepare meals for visiting groups to Bonaly Scout Centre? We provide breakfast, lunch and dinner for groups of Cubs and Scouts and school parties, mainly at weekends but also during the week from time...

Volunteering at Bonaly Scout Centre

The Active Support Unit volunteers are the unsung heroes of Bonaly Scout Centre. They run the tuck shop, provide catering, do the gardening, sort out the recycling, repair just about anything and help keep the place looking great. Our ASU maintenance teem meet up on...

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,...

Bonaly News

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update 20/05/20

Due to the Coronavirus outbreak, the Centre has closed for the rest of the summer.  All bookings until 31st August 2020 have been cancelled and refunds will be arranged with each of our customers. We recognise that we may have to extend the period of closure and will follow government and Scouting advice.  You can still contact the Centre and the Regional Office by email (info@sesscouts.org.uk).  

We realise that this is a difficult time for all members of our Region and customers of our Scout Centres. We hope that you are all well and manage to avoid this infection.

John Bruce
Bonaly Scout Centre

Bonaly is Back Buzzing!

Campfires have been burning, marshmallows toasting and lots of happy smiling faces running around (and that’s just the leaders!) In September, we reopened our grounds so groups could come and enjoy Bonaly while being Covid secure, each group is allocated their own...

Getting Back to Bonaly

Bonaly Scout Centre is now open for day visits on Thursday and Friday evenings and all-day at the weekends until the end of November 2020.  To remain COVID Secure your group will be allocated one of four zones in the main field and will have sole use of toilet...

Bonaly Scout Centre is Back!

We are delighted to announce that our grounds are open for Scouting to meet up - following Scouting guidance for the Yellow phase. We will be open for evening visits on Thursdays and Fridays 18:00 – 21:00, and for day visits on Saturdays 10:00 – 15:00. Group size will...

Encouraging Moving on From Scouts to Explorers

Links Between Scout Troop & Explorer Scout Unit   The aim is for all Scouts to become Explorer Scouts. The Scout Leader (SL) and Explorer Scout Leader (ESL) will, with the support of the Group Scout Leader (GSL) and District Explorer Scout Commissioner...

Pentland Brass Monkey 2020

At the start of February, Bonaly played host to the annual Pentland Brass Monkey camp which was attended by 240 Scouts and 80 adults. This year’s event saw troops from West and East Lothian taking part for the first time, as well as the usual suspects from Pentland....

Catering Help Needed at Bonaly

Would you have some spare time on your hands and be willing to help prepare meals for visiting groups to Bonaly Scout Centre? We provide breakfast, lunch and dinner for groups of Cubs and Scouts and school parties, mainly at weekends but also during the week from time...

Volunteering at Bonaly Scout Centre

The Active Support Unit volunteers are the unsung heroes of Bonaly Scout Centre. They run the tuck shop, provide catering, do the gardening, sort out the recycling, repair just about anything and help keep the place looking great. Our ASU maintenance teem meet up on...

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,...

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