South West Region Scout Outdoor Centre - Craigshiels

The CottageThe Barn


 General InformationDo's and Don'tsFacilities nearbyAccomodation
 Conditions of LetChargesBooking FormLocation

GENERAL INFORMATION

The Centre is connected to the mains electricity supply and both buildings have disabled access.


The Barn kitchen area
 

the Barn main room with
woodburning stove

part of the upstairs area
 of the Barn

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DOs and DON'Ts

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FACILITIES NEARBY

  
    Indoor Bowls and Ice Skating
  • Dumfries (10 miles)
 
  
    Cinema
  • 2 cinemas in Dumfries, 10 miles)
  • Annan, (26 miles)
 
 
    Pony trekking
  • Lone Pine Riding Centre, Beattock
  • Ettrick Stables, Crossburn, Thornhill
 
    Swimming
  • Dumfries (10 miles)
  • Annan (26 miles)
 
 
    Golf
  • 4 courses in Dumfries (10 miles)
  • Lochmaben (10 miles)
  • Locherbie (14 miles)
  • Moffat (17 miles)
  • Powfoot (23 miles)
  • Thornhill (15 miles)
 
    Green Bowls
  • 4 greens in Dumfries (10 miles)
  • Lochmaben (10 miles)
  • Lockerbie (14 miles)
  • Thornhill (15 miles)
  • Moffat (17 miles)
  • Annan (26 miles)
 
 
    Indoor Bowls and Ice Skating
  • Dumfries (10 miles)
 
    Mountain Biking
  • Ae - Forestry Office (3 miles)
 
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ACCOMMODATION

The Centre consists of two buildings about 40 yards apart. Stone built in 1811 they were originally a farm/shepherd's cottage and a barn. Unoccupied since 1950/60, they have been renovated by volunteers for Dumfriesshire Scout Council to make a self catering Outdoor Centre (2003).

Both buildings are serviced by mains electricity for cooking and lighting, fridge, freezer and microwave oven..

Wood burning stoves provide hot water to kitchen, toilets and shower..

Cooking utensils, crockery and cutlery are provided. Blankets and sleeping bags are NOT..

Water requires to be boiled, or sterilised, before drinking but is suitable for cooking and washing..

The cottage has a leader's room with wood burner and 4 bunks, a similar adjacent room (without fire) also has 4 bunks. Upstairs there are three mattress covered sleeping platforms (sleeps 12 adults or 20 children)..

The barn which may be rented in conjunction with the cottage has similar cooking facilities but no leader's room. Sleeping arrangements are nine beds on the upstairs floor..

Both premises have disabled access and toilets.

There are two flat areas available, both of which would accomodate 5 small hike tents. These may be booked, but it is necessary to book one of the buildings in order to access the water supply and toilets. Outdoor cooking on wood burning fires is allowed in tehse areas.

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CONDITIONS OF LET

South West Region Scout Council will not be responsible For any injury sustained by individuals whilst within the Centre or partaking in any activity therefrom, nor will they be responsible For the loss or theft of any articles belonging to any person or group attending the Centre.

Damages and breakages will be the responsibility of the group in residence and may be recoverable from them.

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CHARGES per night and per building (Cottage, Barn).

Southwest Scotland Regional Scout Groups/Units 50.00
Scout Groups/Units out with Southwest Scotland Region. 55.00
Other Organisations 60.00

 

Charges include the use of all equipment and the cost of electricity.

NOTE:- A non refundable deposit of 35.00 per building booked is payable at the time of booking, which will be deducted from the final account. The deposit must be received before confirmation of the booking can be given. All cheques must be made payable to 'South West Region Scout Council'.

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Booking Form

To Book this venue please download the Booking Form and send, with deposit, to the address on the form.

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LOCATION

Craigshiels Outdoor Centre is situated approximately 3 miles from Ae Village within Ae Forest. Access is on Forrestry Commission Scotland maintained roads which are not treated in snow and icy conditions.

 

The property was originally two houses and a barn, built in 1811. One house was demolished many years ago - the remainder being occupied up to 1950/60 when it became uninhabitable.

 

In 1997 it was offered as a derelict property by Forest Enterprise to Dumfriesshire Scout Council to be made into an outdoor centre.

 

Since then both buildings have been extensively renovated to upgrade to bothy centre standard and are now suitably equipped on a self-catering basis for persons, male and female, from the age of 6 years upwards. Scouts, Guides, Boys and Girls Brigade, Forces Cadets, Schools, Church and Youth Groups, Ramblers and Cycling Clubs -in fact any organisation accompanied by a responsible leader can use the centre. Private or family groups can also hire the premises which are disabled friendly.

 

There are many forest walks, mountain cycle routes around Craigshiels plus access to the nearby hills (3 miles).This includes part of the 7 Stanes Mountain Bike Circuit. There are swimming and canoeing areas on the nearby Water of Ae and also fishing (permits obtained from Forest Enterprise Offices, Ae).

 

The Centre has two flat areas each capable of siting 5 small tents. This may be booked, but users must also book one of the buildings to obtain water supplies and toilet facilities. Outdoor cooking on wood burning fires is allowed.


one of the camping areas

campfire circle

the pond - home to some wild life

The River Ae

The River Ae

The River Ae
suitable for swimming and canoeing

a near by abseil rock face

The River Ae

 

Other outdoor activities can be carried out in the area, e.g. Conservation, Orienteering, Pioneering, Field Studies, Proficiency Badge Work, Ornithology, etc.

 

THE AREA IS E-COLI SAFE, ON ZERO TERRAIN AND YOU CAN DRIVE CARS AND MINI-BUSES TO THE DOOR OF THE CENTRE

 

 

 

 

 

 

OS Map Sheet 78 Grid Ref. NX 994929
From Dumfries and south, or Beattock and north, take A701 road to Ae Bridge,turn onto the unclassified road sign posted Ae Village.
At the crossroads west of the village, turn right, cross a bridge and pass the Forest Enterprise Offices.
150 yards on turn left on to an untarred road, continue over 2 cattle grids and through a forest gate for about 3 miles to the Centre.
Ignore road off to the left about 1 mile into the forest.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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