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Kilbowie Outdoor Centre

Kilbowie Outdoor Centre lies in the grounds of Kilbowie House, 1¼ miles (2 km) southwest of Oban, with fine views over the Sound of Kerrera. It was built as an extension to the house, serving as a residential hostel for children from the islands who attended school in Oban but were unable to return home during the week due to distance and the reliance on ferries. However, in 1996, it passed to North Lanarkshire Council and is now principally used to give primary school children in that local authority area access to the outdoors, watersports, adventure and team-building activities, as well as assisting in their transition to secondary school. In 2006, it became one of twenty facilities taken on by North Lanarkshire Leisure, the Council's arms-length sport and leisure organisation.

The centre can accommodate 112 students in four-bed rooms, with single rooms for teachers on every floor. The centre has eleven permanent instructors, together with a support staff.


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