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Why choose Dounans?

Dounans is set in the heart of Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park. The Centre has a wealth of natural resources on its doorstep and is perfect for education, exploration and adventure!  Its proximity to hills and lochs mean easy access to climbing, walking and paddling for the adventurous and its range of on site activities provide plenty of outdoor learning opportunities for our school programmes.

Dounans is an ideal event venue sitting in a spectacular location.

Dounans Centre has been part funded by the Forth Valley & Lomond LEADER Programme through the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development

Europe investing in rural areas 

Raft Building at Dounans

Raft Building at Dounans

Our Facilities

  • Dounans Centre provides accommodation for up to 156 persons in 3 red cedarwood chalets. In addition there are numerous classroom and breakout facilities which provide excellent space for reviewing sessions or rehearsals.
  • Each dorm accommodates up to 12 with a single en suite room for a leader.
  • The Centre has an on-site pond ideal for learning basic kayaking and canoeing skills before going off-site to nearby Loch Ard.
  • The range of activities, both on and off-site, is extensive and SOEC staff are keen to develop an activity programme that suits each group.
  • Dounans encourages all visitors to learn ways to reduce our impact on the environment.

Out & About

  • Based in the tourist village of Aberfoyle, nearby natural landmarks include Loch Katrine and Ben Lomond. The centre sits on the Highland boundary fault and offers excellent opportunities for geology field trips.
  • The area is steeped in history: famous Scottish characters William Wallace, Rob Roy Macgregor and Mary Queen of Scots all had a part to play.
  • Local amenities include a bank, health centre, a supermarket and post office. A bus service runs to Stirling (19 miles) and Glasgow (27 Miles).
  • For groups wanting to see what’s on locally in the Stirling area the Destination Stirling website lets you see what’s on during the time of your visit to Dounans.
  • Dounans is a great base for groups exploring on the Great Trossachs Path or the Rob Roy Way

“Thank you for a lovely time at Dounans.  The activities were extremely fun.  The dorms were really warm and comfortable”

Lela (Tollbrae Primary School)

One of many thank you letters sent to our team

One of many thank you letters sent to our team