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Bonaly News

March Madness

This event for Explorers and Young Leaders was held over the weekend of 28–29 March at Bonaly and nearly 80 Explorers (supported by over 20 leaders) from across the Region took part in a series of fun activities as well as contributing to a forum discussing issues...

Welcome to Bonaly!

Thank you for taking time to find out about our facilities at Bonaly. The Centre, while owned and managed by the Scout Association, is open to all recognised youth organisations. It is well used by Scouts, Guides, Duke of Edinburgh’s Award, school and college groups as well as young people from all parts of Europe and further afield. I hope we can welcome you to the Centre some time soon.

Barry Johnston, Centre Manager

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