University & College Group Outdoor Activities & Accommodation

We offer outdoor activities in Scotland like kayaking  trips & winter skills courses for universities and colleges across the whole of the UK. As part of the booking you will stay at the Cairngorms Adventure centre in Newtonmore where we can accommodate up to 77 people. For those interested in pursing a career in the outdoors after university or college, we also offer Outdoor Instructor training courses . Based in the Cairngorms National Park in the very centre of Scotland we have perfect access to any and all locations.

If you are wanting to book accommodation only, and do your own thing then we can easily sort you out. On top of this, we would be more than happy to recommend rivers, routes and mountains for you & your group. If you are after professional instructions and guidance then we can provide it in any of the activities we do; although the more popular ones for universities and colleges tend to be winter skills, kayaking and Outdoor Instructor Training Courses.

Cairngorms Adventure Centre nestles in the highland village of Newtonmore within the magnificent Cairngorms National Park. It is the perfect year round location for all outdoor activities including mountain, water and snowsports.

A hub for outdoor adventure activities, Cairngorms Adventure Centre not only provides colleges and univserities with adventure activity outdoor activities but is home to worldwide recognised Instructor Training Courses and adventure journeys taking you across Scotland by foot, bike and boat.

The Cairngorms Adventure Centre sleeps up to 77 people over two floors.  The centre has a large dining room, two kitchens for catering of groups along with social lounges for reviews, planning of trips, relaxing and self reflection time.

We do appreciate that universities and colleges can be very lively and we can assure you our staff will be tolerant of that and will endeavour to ensure you have a fantastic time on your trip to Scotland.

However we do have a code of conduct as the very nature of our activities involves risk and requires participants to be fully functioning and aware- otherwise we increase the risk of a serious accident. With this in mind, we ask people to turn up for activities in a fit state otherwise they may not be able to participate.

Normally Universities and colleges coming up for outdoor activities bring quite a lot of people so you would probably want to book either fully exclusive use of the centre, or exclusive use of half the centre.

  • Whole Centre S/C – 77 beds £1,050 Per night.
  • Half Centre S/C – up to 35 beds £ 1,050 Per Night.
  • For smaller groups we can do an individual bed price of £19.00 Per Person Per night.

Our one day winter skills training courses for universities and colleges are designed to ensure you have the skills and knowledge to travel safely in the high mountains in winter conditions. These essential skills will be learned and developed throughout your chosen course. The Winter Skills days will utilise the Cairngorms (the very heart of winter in Scotland) to teach you the fundamentals of hill walking in Winter conditions.

On the training course, will get to develop your winter skills and learn new techniques. These include navigation, use of crampons & ice axes, walking safely in the snow, snow-pack analysis, & avalanche awareness/evaluation.

We offer two day and four day winter skills courses as well. All our our four day winter skills courses for universities and colleges include an overnight snowhole expedition weather and conditions permitting.

  • 1 day course £75.00 per person.
  • 2 day course £140.00 per person.
  • 4 day course £290.00 per person.

We can tailor kayaking trips for universities and colleges as appropriate to the groups ability levels. We can take beginners, intermediate or advanced paddlers on flat or moving water depending on what is appropriate. For those wishing to paddle harder or more serious rivers under our instruction we would need to have evidence of your ability levels prior or have seen you on the water i.e. a two day course – day one might be a simple river and if appropriate day two we could do something more adventurous. 

Kayaking trips in Scotland are fun for all – whatever paddling ability your college or university has, we can tailor a trip to it. Our introduction to kayaking days start on flat water where you will learn the foundations to paddling the craft. This will then allow you to control your kayak and set out on a short journey, possibly down an easy stretch of river. These days are suitable for individuals and groups.

Coaching & Qualifications

We offer coaching and developmental days & trips for universities or colleges with previous experience in kayaking. This can be on flat water and or moving water for those looking to develop their skills further.  If you are looking to work towards the BCU star awards for personal paddling this is something we offer. We normally run these sessions on some of our local venues like the Spey and Loch Insh, but we can tailor these days to suit your ability and will go wherever is most appropriate for the weather, group and star award you are aiming to develop towards to obtain. Please head to our courses and training for more info.

  • 1 day course – £59.00 Per person
  • 2 day course £110.00 Per person
  • 4 day course £160.00  Per person.

If you love the outdoors have you ever considered a career in it after university or college? Well with our Outdoor Instructor Training Courses you can do just that!

The Outdoor Instructor Training Course in Scotland provides those seeking a career in the outdoor industry to the widest range of qualifications in adventurous outdoor activities. Our highly experienced and friendly outdoor instructors provide you the skills, knowledge, training and qualifications. While inspiring you on your journey to become an outdoor instructor.

We are so confident in our course that if you can find another that delivers the outcomes and assures the same genuine, long-term career development prospects for a lower fee, we will match the price!

We are aware of how challenging and time consuming this process can be. But rest assured, the course will knock down barriers and guide you through the various complex National Governing Body Schemes. All during an intensive 16-23 weeks of training, practice and assessments. The course will make you a skilled, professional & employable outdoor Instructor with real career development prospects.

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