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Self-led activities

Activities supervised by your group

We offer a wide range of activities, facilities and equipment. 

Self led activities

We currently provide a range of exciting and stimulating self-led activities for all ages.  These are offered in two-hour sessions. i.e. 10am to 12 noon, 2pm to 4pm and 6pm to 8pm.

The cost for the Mini Zip Line and Grass sledges are £20 per session however the others are £10 per session. These activities must be supervised by a Leader with up to 12 participants at a time. (See risk assessments).

To reserve any of these activities, please use the Booking Enquiry Form. Don’t leave it too late as they are very popular.

Camouflage Tracking

Cubs, Scouts & Explorers

The activity starts at a central meeting place and the leader gives a briefing. The group splits into two teams and the first challenge for each team is to lay a trail of tracking signs for the other group to follow into the “Hiding Area”. Then one member of the team is chosen to hide and is camouflaged using equipment provided and natural materials. The teams now follow each other’s tracking signs and attempt to find the camouflaged person. Who will be found?

Mini Zip Line

Cubs, Scouts & Explorers

Fly through the air like a bird as you whiz down our Mini Zip-line.

Mini Zip Line

Giant Games

Beavers, Cubs & Scouts

Giant games are large, outdoor versions of popular games. Choose from:

  • Giant Jenga
  • Connect Four
  • Giant Dominoes
  • Noughts and Crosses
  • Twister
  • Ten Pin Bowling

Giant Games

Highland Games

Highland Games are a spectacle like no other. Try your hand at Caber Toss, Barrel Roll, Farmers Walk, Hammer throw Haggis Hurl, Sword Dance & Tug of War 

Problem Solving – Team Challenges

Cubs, Scouts & Explorers

Team building activities to help build team confidence, motivation and cooperation. 

As well as being fun and stimulating, these exercises are designed to help to bring out trust, consideration, leadership skills, cooperation, team building, coordination and many other life skills. Problem solving sessions test your initiative and ingenuity. Groups work in small teams to solve puzzles and complete set tasks – it’s a great way for teams to get to know each other really well. By the time they finish they’ll have an appreciation and understanding each individual’s ability (including their own!) when it comes to planning, communicating and making decisions – skills which are all key to achieving the objectives of each task. 

Parachute Games

Squirrels, Beavers, Cubs

Work as a team to turn the parachute into a mushroom, or play “cat & mouse”. There are numerous games you can play with our giant parachute.

Beavers parachute game

Grass Sledges

Beavers, Cubs & Scouts

Sledging but without snow, grass sledges have caterpillar tracks instead of runners, allowing them to be used all year round. (Except when it’s snowing!) 2 sledges provided. 

Grass sledges

Teddy Bear “hide & seek”

Squirrels & Beavers

First you have to find a cosy hiding place for Teddy and their friends. Then your friends have to find them all. Working in two groups

Burn Dipping

Beavers, Cubs & Scouts

An investigation to find out what lives in the Bonaly Burn. Use our nets, specimen pot and identification kits to discover what lives in this underwater world.

Burn dipping

Mini Beast Hunt

Beavers, Cubs & Scouts

Using our bug hunting kit, you’ll be amazed by the mini-beast that live at Bonaly. See how many you can find.

Mini Beasts

Circus Skills

Beavers, Cubs & Scouts

Learn to spin plates, juggle, use a diablo, make flower sticks dance and much more. Then put on a performance for the leaders!

Circus Skills

Free Resources


Scouts & Explorers

Pioneering is the art of using ropes and wooden spars joined by lashings and knots to create a structure. Pioneering can be used for constructing small items such as camp gadgets up to larger structures such as bridges and towers. These may be recreational, decorative, or functional. Poles only – you’ll need to bring your own ropes.  Must be booked in advance.

Natural Sculpture

Squirrels, Beavers, Cubs, Scouts & Explorers

Inspired by the Art of Andy Goldsworthy, natural materials are used to create land art sculptures. Squirrels, Beavers, Cubs, Scouts & Explorers