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Residential and Day Workshops Programmes

Over the course of the year, the team offers tailored, experiential programmes to primary and secondary schools, youth groups and charities.

Day and evening activities are designed to suit the age group, these may include resilience building for secondary pupils or appreciation and enjoyment of nature for primary school pupils. Youth groups and adults have access to the physical activities on offer although they may choose to use the Centre for their own programme, utilising the wider estate for an art week or music camp, for example.

We can provide more tailored packages, linked to key curriculum areas such as science, textiles, growth mindset, food, horticulture and farming, on request.

Our day packages cater for everyone, from small groups of young people or adults looking to develop team working skills to full classes, up to a maximum of 30. (Larger groups can be catered for on request.) Group work includes time spent outdoors, undertaking physical challenges which develop an understanding of the principles of maths and/or physics such as shelter building or archery alongside an appreciation of the diversity of nature. We ensure all programmes follow the guidelines of ‘Leave no trace’ to ensure that there is no detrimental impact on the environment. Individuals experience growth both in confidence and in skills. There is also an appreciation of others within the group which leads to a more harmonious learning environment.

Bespoke Programmes

We also offer a bespoke programme of linked day visits to fully explore individual growth. This programme would be especially helpful for those pupils who may be disengaged from school.

‘GRIT’ is designed to enhance the confidence and resilience of young people whilst developing a growth mindset. Embedded within the workshops in each session are the principles of Growth, Resilience, Independence, Trust.

Participants take part in activities which they may find challenging or which may involve them having to overcoming failure. This, in turn, gives them the opportunity to develop ‘bounce back’ enabling them to become more resilient. This personal development gives individuals a better understanding of emotions, strengths, weaknesses, drives, values and goals.

Application Information: To book visit Eventbrite. Bespoke Programme enquiries email


The Tamar Manoukian Outdoor Residential Centre features a "bunkhouse" with two wings accommodating 22 young people and 3 staff, is fully catered with a central dining area for 50 and a soft seat relaxation area. The Outdoor Centre has access to a parade square and a half acre activity area incorporating a ten stage obstacle course and leadership zones. The Centre also features an Archery Range and an Indoor Sports Hall with a Climbing and Traversing wall

The Sports Hall has a full climbing wall, a unique feature within Ayrshire. The Hall is available to residential groups during the day on weekdays and during the afternoon and early evening on Saturdays and Sundays.

Enquire by emailing for booking information and prices.