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Welcome to Blairvadach

With over 45 years’ experience, Blairvadach is a sector leading provider of quality outdoor education and training. We are part of Glasgow City Council’s Education Services and specialise in the personal development of the City’s young people through outdoor and adventurous education. We have an outstanding reputation for the work that we do and would love to hear from you if you wish to bring your school or youth group or would like to book onto one of our courses.

Blairvadach OEC is one of the largest residential outdoor education centres in Scotland. The centre is perfectly located on the east shore of the Gare Loch adjacent to Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park and just south of the Arrochar Alps.  This location gives ease of access to all the land and water environments required to deliver a quality outdoor education programme.

Blairvadach's City Centre Hub at the Pinkston Basin is a fantastic resource and is open to all Glasgow Schools to have a watersports and/or enviromental education experience. It is conveniently located near the city centre where we can offer a range of course including paddlesports and John Muir Award Courses.

We offer an exciting and diverse range of outdoor activities. We provide courses for both complete beginners and the more experienced wishing to develop their personal skills and expand their horizons. If you are interested in gaining coaching qualifications we offer training and assessment for many National Governing Body Awards.

Whether you are looking to build skills and knowledge in a particular activity, become more confident and capable in your school or work environment we have a course that can help you.

Here you'll find our "COVID-19 Stay at Home Workbook", a free resource of 30 Outdoor Activity Cards for use in, or outwith, the school environment and all of the Orienteering maps for many Glasgow Schools (we're still in progress mapping them all!).

What to bring, what to expect and where to find us. Check out our frequently asked questions to find out all that you need to know about visiting Blairvadach.