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Trossachs National Park Teens Adventures Camp - Loch Lomond, Glasgow. Scotland


Ardmay House Teens Overall rating: 5 out of 5 based on 4 reviews.

Family run summer camp for young people aged from 8–16 years old set in the beautiful Scottish countryside. We offer students a unique summer experience where they take part in exciting adventure activities whilst fully immersed in the English language.


We are a small, independent school and are truly passionate about creating and delivering the highest quality summer school experience to each of our students, who learn about Scottish culture whilst making friends from all over the world.


We are the proud winner of the Scottish Thistle Award for Tourism, and the BETA British Youth Travel Bronze Award for ‘Best Educational Product’ and we have been chosen as “The Best UK Camp”.


Our students come from all over the world to participate in our summer programmes, students came from as far as Argentina, Saudi Arabia, Uzbekistan, the USA and Japan, as well as closer destinations throughout Western and Eastern Europe, and of course the UK. Based in the heart of Scotland’s first National Park, we are committed to the environment and the natural area.


We operate under AALA (Adventure Activities Licencing Authority) guidelines and are inspected regularly by AALA..We are confident that we provide every single student with positive and valuable learning experiences giving them a positive outlook and fantastic memories of the United Kingdom. Our standard of welfare has been highlighted and a point of excellence – students are supervised 24 hours a day by our highly qualified members of staff.


Students can choose from the ‘Adventure’ programme (participating in two activity sessions per day) or the ‘Adventure English’ programme, offering 15 hours of English lessons per week as well as a variety of exciting outdoor activities.


Adventure activities suit all, regardless of age, height or physical ability and range from kayaking and abseiling to orienteering, team – building and climbing. Our programmes are all – inclusive and there are no hidden costs.



Highly experienced in accommodating students aged from 8-16 years old, and is ideally set-up for this age group. Students sleep in spacious dorm-style rooms (with bunk beds), each named after one of the beautiful islands of Scotland’s West Coast.


The rooms sleep 4, 6 or 8 students of a similar age. There is a separate wing of the house for girls and boys, each with their own toilets and showers. There are separate bedrooms, toilets, and showers for on-duty staff in each wing of the house allowing 24-hour supervision. The Camp has a relaxed, homely feel ensuring students feel happy, settled and safe at all times.


Facilities include:

  • Dining room
  • Spacious common room
  • Laundry and Drying room
  • Well equipped classrooms
  • Private beach
  • Attractive grounds for a variety of on-site activities
  • Tuck shop
  • Computer area with student internet access
  • Well equipped stores for all specialist outdoor equipment.


At the Camp we have a healthy eating policy, with lots of yummy food that is good for you! Nobody goes hungry – there is always lots of food available! After breakfast you will make up your own packed lunches with a selection of fillings.


Breakfast (8am): Cereals, toast with jam and spreads, yoghurts, fruits, fresh fruit juice.

Lunch (12.30pm): Different choice each day ranging from baked potatoes to macaroni cheese, salads to sandwiches, usually served with fruit, crisps, biscuits and juice

Dinner (5.30pm): A two-course dinner is served every night with either a starter or a desert, and a choice of two main courses (always one vegetarian option) served with a range of vegetables. Every Friday we have a barbecue night.

Supper (8.45pm): Home baking and juice


Tuck Shop: We also have a tuck shop where you can buy some sweets and chocolate to keep your energy up during the activities. Be warned, there is a limit to the number of items you can buy every day(£2.50) !


We are more than happy to accommodate specific dietary requirements, from allergies and intolerances, to coeliac, vegetarian, kosher and halal diets.

Staff and Supervision

The staff at The Camp are all highly experienced in working with young people. Our staff are responsible for looking after students 24-hours per day and there is a member of staff on duty at all times. Our supervision and welfare procedures have been highlighted as a point of excellence. We ensure that students are occupied and looked after 24-hours a day. As a reasonably small school we are able to get to know the individual needs of our students to ensure that they make the most out of their stay with us.


On the academic side, our team of qualified English teachers are extremely enthusiastic and highly skilled at delivering lessons to ensure that they get the best out of each student. They all have a desire to work with international students and assist with evening activities and excursions. Our activity instructional team work year-round leading activities for young people. They are encouraging and motivated and ensure that students are safe and happy in any activity that they do.


They hold the appropriate instructional qualifications for the activities that they lead. The Camp is a member of the Institute for Outdoor Learning and adheres to the high standards expected from the Adventure Activities Licensing Service with whom we are registered. Activity instructional staff are responsible to the Activities Director. Group leaders look after students on a day to day basis, assisting them at break and meal times.


They ensure that students are up in the morning and go to bed on time. They assist the activities team and accompany students on excursions. The Course Director oversees the general management of the school and the welfare of the students. There is a ratio of 1 member of staff to every 3 students. Criminal Records Bureau checks are carried out by Disclosure Scotland on all members of staff of The Camp. Full training and induction is also given to all members of staff

For Parents

At the Camp, we realize that it may be your child’s first week away from home so it is important to us that they are as comfortable as possible. We also want to inform you (the parents or guardians) about everything that happens at the Camp so that you are as happy as the children who come to stay with us.


Safety is extremely important at the Camp and for that reason all instructors have the relevant national governing body qualifications for the activities we offer. All staff are Police Act Disclosure checked by Disclosure Scotland. The Camp holds an AALA licence. All of our instructors are first aid qualified.


The activities we do here at the Camp are weather dependent. During a typical multi-activity week, wake-up time is usually 7.30am. Bedtime is normally around 10pm. Arrival is normally around 11am on Monday in time for the Centre Induction and lunch at 12.30pm. Departures are after lunch on Friday around 1pm.


The price includes full board, accommodation, instruction, use of specialist clothing and equipment. Each child may need a small amount of pocket money for the tuck shop and souvenirs, but we ask you to bring no more than £5-£10.


We do not encourage home phone calls – should your child need to contact you in an emergency they will be able to use the phone in the Main Office. Please do not send mobile phones with your child to the Camp.


We make every effort to ensure that all personal property is taken before a group leaves the Camp. We regret that property left behind can only be returned after receipt of agreed postage and packing charges. Lost Property is held until the end of each term after which it is taken to a local charity shop.


Adventure Programme

Our aim is to teach children the fundamentals of teamwork such as cooperation, communication, listening, and encouragement within a safe environment. The variety and structure of the activities on offer allows individuals to build their confidence whilst trying things they may never have done before. Camp’s stunning location allows pupils to explore and see for themselves the beauty of Scotland’s first National Park.


Adventure for native English speakers, or those who already have a high level of English, our Adventure programme is the ideal option. Students take place in two half-day activity sessions each day. Activities range from canoeing and kayaking to rock-climbing, abseiling and mountaineering. Students explore the natural environment on forest walks and nature trains and bring out their inner explorer in den building and mountain adventure days.


There is a minimum age of 12 years old for this programme. In the evenings, all students take part in our fun and varied evening activity programme which includes Scottish Nights, the Ardmay Olympics, Murder Mystery Night, Fashion Show and Film Night. 

Adventure English Programme

Our aim is to teach children the fundamentals of teamwork such as cooperation, communication, listening, and encouragement within a safe environment. The variety and structure of the activities on offer allows individuals to build their confidence whilst trying things they may never have done before. Camp’s stunning location allows pupils to explore and see for themselves the beauty of Scotland’s first National Park.


Adventure English As well as 15 hours of English lessons each week (taught by fully qualified, native speakers), students experience adventure activities they may have never tried before whilst exploring the beautiful Scottish countryside. English lessons take place over half a day, leaving the rest of the day for adventure activities. We teach English for communication and focus on speaking, listening and topic based learning. Students have countless opportunities to try out the language that they learn in real-life situations whilst on excursions to some of Scotland’s top attractions.

Time Table

  Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
7:30   Wake up
8:00   Breakfast
9:30 Arrive Canoeing Team Challenge Mountain Adventure Tidy up
12:30 Lunch
13:30 Forest Adventure Weaseling Climbing & Abseiling Mountain Adventure Depart
17:30 Dinner
19:00 First Night Routine Quiz Environmental Night Games  
21:00 Supper  
22:00 Lights Out  



Canoeing gives groups the opportunity to learn important teamwork skills such as communication and cooperation.  As the activity takes place on Loch Long, everyone can experience the scenic beauty and wildlife of the Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park. There are crabs, seals, porpoises, many different species of birds, and whales have even been spotted on the Loch! The groups canoe around the loch, with the pupils learning basic paddling techniques, before playing some games and sometimes even jumping into the Loch.


Climbing & Abseiling

Climbing and Abseiling takes place at Glen Crowe at the foot of the stunning Cobbler Mountain. Groups get the chance to climb different routes and then have the opportunity to abseil back down again. As one person climbs, the other members of the group will help belay. This is done under the supervision of trained instructors.


Evening activities

Every evening after dinner, groups take part in a variety of fun and engaging evening activities. These carefully selected activities are both educational and stimulating.Groups learn about the environment, play some drama games, take part in a quiz evening and a competitive games night.


Florest Adventure

On arrival,  the groups all head out on a Forest Adventure in the Ardgarten woods. This is the perfect opportunity for the pupils to get their first taste of being in the outdoors at the Camp. With their instructor groups explore the area, searching for crabs on the beach, building dens in the woodland and learning about the local plants, trees and wildlife.


Mountain Adventure

On the Mountain Adventure groups get the chance to climb the Cobbler (Ben Arthur), Cruach Tairbeirt or journey through Glen Loin. All the routes give stunning views of the Arrochar Alps and provide the opportunity to learn and have fun in the outdoors.  It is the only time where everyone is away from the Camp for the day so we take a packed lunch and anything else needed for day’s Adventure.



Orienteering teaches basic navigation, communication and teamwork skills. The sesson begins with groups working in small teams using a map to navigate the course around the grounds of the Camp. Once everyone is happy with the basic navigation skills we head out on a short drive to Tarbet where groups get to put their new found skills to the test around our Forest Course.


Team Challenge

During Team Challenge groups learn the importance of working as a team. The pupils solve different problems set by their Instructor around the grounds of the Camp with a strong emphasis placed on working together. At the end of the session the Instructor and the group discuss the lessons learnt and look at how these could help with other challenges outside the Camp.



Weaseling is an activity where groups climb and crawl through spaces between large boulders. Because of its unusual nature the weaseling site is an area of special scientific interest. Groups learn all about its geology and history including the Ice Age, Viking Raiders, and even Rob Roy McGregor. Weaseling helps the pupils to develop teamwork skills through encouraging and supporting each other during the activity.



Set in the heart of Scotland’s first National Park, we are privileged to have a fantastic location surrounded by stunning countryside. At the same time, the Camp is less than one hour from the centre of Glasgow, Scotland’s most vibrant city.


The house is located in its own private grounds, and we are lucky to have our own private beach with a seating area, looking out onto the stunning scenery of Loch Long and the surrounding mountains.


The Camp is located just outside the village of Arrochar in the heart of Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park. It provides the perfect setting for a variety of outdoor activities including canoeing, orienteering and abseiling.

Getting Here


Glasgow International Airport is only a 45 minute drive fromThe Camp  .The airport has direct flights to many International destinations, as well as regular connections to all London airports. Further information about Glasgow airport can be found at


Edinburgh Airport is 76 miles from The Camp (around 1hour 45mins drive) and has many direct flights from International destinations, as well as regular connections to all London airports. Further information about Edinburgh airport can be found at


Prestwick Airport is 68 miles from The Camp (around 1hour 30mins drive). It is mainly served by budget airlines including Ryanair. There are direct flights from Prestwick airport to many European destinations. Further information can be found at


Glasgow is served by two main train stations, Glasgow Queen Street and Glasgow Central station. There are regular direct train services to Glasgow from London, Edinburgh and all major cities within the UK, including a service from Manchester Airport. The closest train station to The Camp, Arrochar and Tarbet, is situated 5 minutes away. Regular train services go from Arrochar and Tarbet to Glasgow Queen Street station (1 hour 20mins).


We offer a free pick up and drop off service from Glasgow or Edinburgh International Airport on designated arrival and departure days. If students are arriving on a non-arrival/departure day, please contact us to ensure that pick up/drop off is possible. There is a £50 charge for pick up/drop off on non-scheduled days. Where possible, please aim to book flights into Glasgow International Airport.


Our courses run from Sunday (arrival) – Saturday (departure). In certain circumstances, we may be able to organize airport transfers outside standard arrival/departure days. There is a £50 charge for this. If you are not arriving/departing on a standard day, please contact us to confirm we are able to accommodate your request before booking.

What to Bring

  • 6 pairs of socks
  • 6 sets underwear
  • 3 pairs trousers
  • 3 long sleeved shirts/tops
  • 2 jumpers/fleeces
  • 1 good pair trainers
  • 1 old pair trainers
  • Hat & Gloves
  • Pyjamas
  • Slippers
  • Midge repellent (June-September)
  • Sun protection cream
  • Washing kit inc. 2 large towels
  • Lunch box and water bottle
  • Large plastic carrier bag (for dirty clothes)
  • Personal medication

Optional extras

  • Joggy Bottoms/ Leggings
  • T-shirts
  • Camera (disposable)


If you have your own walking boots or wellies, please bring them along. We recommend that you bring a small amount of pocket money (£5-10) for purchases from the tuck shop and souvenirs. Please bring £1 coins and change if possible. Please do not feel that you have to go and buy new items of clothing for your trip. Clothes worn on activities may well get wet and muddy. Old clothes are ideal. Jeans are not suitable for outdoor activities.

What NOT to pack

  • Ipods/MP3 Players
  • Mobile phones
  • Digital Cameras
  • Electronic games and equipment
  • Hair straighteners
  • Brand new clothes/jeans

    Please do not bring valuable personal items.

What we provide

At the Camp, we provide pupils with all specialist equipment that they will need for the activities including:


  • Waterproof jacket
  • Waterproof trousers
  • Rucksack
  • Fleece jacket
  • Fleece hat
  • Spare gloves
  • Walking boots
  • Midge Net


Visa Support Letter: If you require an original Visa Invitation Letter to be sent via recorded delivery (DHL), you must pay the DHL fee. This is £30 – £50 depending on which country it is being sent to. A PDF of the Visa Support Letter can be scanned and emailed at no additional charge.



Adventure English is open to students of all levels (beginner-advanced), 8 – 16 years old.


2020 Dates

Sunday 21st June – Saturday 8th August


Every Sunday arrival and every Saturday departure


One-week bookings are welcome only: week 1, week 7, all other dates have a two-week minimum stay



week 1: 21st – 27th

week 2: 28th – July 4th



week 3: 5th – 11th

week 4: 12th – 18th

week 5: 19th – 25th

week 6: 26th – Aug 1st



week 7: 2nd – 8th



Prices per week

 £915 per person



  • Accommodation
  • All meals and snacks (breakfast, morning snack, lunch, afternoon snack, dinner, evening snack)
  • 15 hours of English tuition and at least 15 hours adventure activity per week (Adventure English) or a minimum of 30 hours adventure activity per week (Adventure)
  • Course materials
  • Varied and fun evening activity programme
  • Specialist activity instruction and use of equipment for activities
  • 24-hour supervision
  • Two full day and one half day excursions per week (Wednesday afternoon, Saturday and Sunday), all entrances to museums and attractions
  • Transfer to/from Glasgow or Edinburgh airport on arrival (Sunday) and departure (Saturday) days.
  • Weekly laundry service
  • T-Shirt
  • Weekly Newsletter
  • End of course certificate and student report
  • VAT



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