Outdoor Adventure Residentials

Choose Active Outdoor Pursuits for your Outdoor Adventure Residential

River Rafting Day!

Active Outdoor Pursuits has a proven track record of delivering outdoor adventure residentials to Primary and Secondary school groups for over 20 years. At Active we pride ourselves in the high quality of our schools programmes. Our activity breaks are based at Cairngorms Adventure Centre, Craigower Lodge in Newtonmore. The activities take place at spectacular venues in the Spey Valley and the stunning Cairngorms National Park.

Our Outdoor Education packages offer children and staff authentic outdoor experiences. We offer a wide range of water sports, rock and hill sports as well as team activities and snow sports. Active also deliver bespoke outdoor experiences tailored to the needs and abilities of each school or individual.

By choosing Active Outdoor Pursuits for your pupils’ residential or day visit, you are guaranteeing them a safe, fun and enjoyable experience. Active are licensed by AALS and Adventuremark. We are also members of Learning Outside the classroom and are a British canoeing approved paddlesports Centre.

We would love to speak to you about what makes our programmes the best! Please call or email us, our staff are here to help.

School Adventure Week at Cairngorms Adventure Centre

ethosGet your pupils ‘Active’ on one of our action-packed, fun- filled, multi-activity outdoor education residentials. Following our Active Outdoor Philosophy, all of our courses are designed specifically to meet the needs of your school. The activities are tailored to suit the age and ability of your pupils, allowing us to deliver truly adventurous and educational experiences.

Residential trips are normally over a five day mid week or two or three day weekend, but can be adapted to create bespoke packages.

Cairngorms Adventure Centre

center-itc4-1024x802Cairngorms 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 schools with activity weeks, days and snowsports breaks but is home to worldwide recognised Instructor Training Courses and heart to adventure journeys taking you across Scotland by foot, bike and boat.

A typical school week includes a whole range of different land and water based activities, providing pupils with many of the desired outcomes of the Curriculum for Excellence and Learning Outside the Classroom.
Also available: Stand up paddle boarding (SUP), Canyoning,Team challenge Events, Orienteering, Camping expedition John Muir Award, Duke of Edinburgh’s Award
The example below gives an idea of the type of programme you can expect during your week at Craigower Lodge however, this is entirely flexible and weeks will be tailored to suit the age and abilities of your pupils. Arrivals to the Cairngorms Adventure Centre are usually around midday on the first day of your adventure week.
School Programme Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
Meet Team Active! Mountaineering Challenge Day! Watersports adventures on the Lochs! White Water River day! Review and Farewell

Welcome to Craigower Lodge

Rock Climb & Abseil Canoeing White Water Rafting
Afternoon Team Building Games & Challenges

Hill Walk


White Water Rafting
Evening Wild Cat Nature Walk Gorge Scramble Village Challenge Ceilidh / Disco

Activity Day Trips

Take your pupils a day trip they will remember forever! Our adventure days are extremely popular with staff and pupils alike. Choose one single activity to develope skills or select multiple taster activities.


Our adventure days are available at many venues across Scotland and are within easy travelling distance of most schools. We may also be able to provide transport to and from your school. These trips are quick and easy to organise. We provide the technical equipment and the expertise, all you need to do is show up and get involved.
For information on how to plan your activity day, please contact our bookings department using the details at the end of this brochure.


Below are the standard costs for school activity days. They are designed to act as a guide, as you may wish to tailor your activities to your specific needs. Our bookings staff are always on hand to guide you through the process and keep the costs simple and transparent.

Snowsports Activity Breaks

Learn to Ski & Snowboard

Bring your school to Cairngorms Adventure Centre this winter for a fantastic winter sports break. We offer both skiing and snowboarding and in some cases we can offer both sports in the one course.

Active offer everything from coach day trips to Aviemore & Cairngorm from across Scotland to skiing and courses to suit beginner to advanced level. We offer the UK Snowsports Awards to all schools, which accredits pupils for their learning and can lead to a long term performance development.

To view our snowsports packages please click here

For details of what we offer for schools, including further example plans of our weekend & 5 day activity breaks and activity programmes download our…


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The Cairngorms National Park Authority have a grant scheme available to encourage wider participation and learning about Scotland’s National Parks for those who are planning a visit or a field trip to the Cairngorms National Park.

Applications are particularly welcomed from groups or schools who have not visited the National Park before, who come from socially deprived areas or experience disadvantage on account of disability, age, health, race or income.

For more information and application pack, go to CNPA transport grants.

Duke of Edinburgh’s Award

Furthering Outdoor Education Active Outdoor Pursuits has over 25 years of experience in facilitating The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Expedition section. We currently train, supervise and assess over 300 young people each year for each level of the Award.

Training, supervision and assessment can be provided by our staff for the expedition section of the DofE programme, as well as training in the skills and physical sections, in the following activities:

We also give young people the opportunity to complete the Gold Residential section of the programme. For example, this could involve taking part in a skills development training course or joining us for a multi-activity week, based at Cairngorms Adventure Centre.

Whichever section of DofE you are looking to complete, our highly motivated and experienced staff are here to help you achieve your goals. For a detailed brochure on our full DofE service provision, please contact us by phone or email or a….

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