Outdoor Centres - Badaguish - Kinlocheil - Torrin

Badaguish Lodge

Outdoor Education @ Badaguish Outdoor Centre



The Highland Council, in partnership with Northern Constabulary, has recently negotiated the long term lease of four superb lodges at Badaguish, situated in the Cairngorms National Park in Glenmore, a few miles from Aviemore, just off the road to Cairngorm.  These, along with adjacent premises, will constitute the Highland Council Outdoor Centre at Badaguish.

Bedroom in Badaguish

The Centre will accept bookings from all Highland Council and Northern Constabulary Area groups at preferential rates.  There are three lodges which sleep up to 17 people in a variety of single and bunk bedded rooms, and one which sleeps 12 in single and twin bedded rooms, giving a possible maximum of 63.  Each has a fully equipped kitchen and a large dining/meeting area, and all have disabled access. 

Users of accommodation can choose to book

  • Accommodation only
  • Accommodation and activities
  • Accommodation and catering
  • All inclusive packages


For a comprehensive list of rates please read Outdoor Centre Charges

Kitchen in Badaguish

Lounge in Badaguish


The centre will provide opportunities for all in our community, but especially young people, to become aware of the outdoor environment, to learn to cherish and protect it, and to participate in outdoor activities. There is a huge range of activities available in the area.   Badaguish, which is owned by a charitable trust, is set in a clearing in a pine forest, with a covered synthetic sports pitch, high ropes course and other facilities on site which can be booked by groups.  The surrounding area, from the high tops of the Cairngorms to the River Spey offers opportunities for a full range of outdoor activities.  The unique habitats and wildlife make this area ideal for Environmental Education, and there are other excellent sites of interest, such as Highland Folk Museum, nature reserves, swimming pools, climbing walls etc within easy reach. The Centre Coordinator can advise groups on activities and prices.

Minibus hire

There is a 17 seated minibus available for hire to groups.

All drivers must have category D1 on their drivers licence, as the Highland Council’s minibuses at Badaguish has a Maximum Authorised Mass (MAM) which is greater than 3.5 tonnes.

If the minibus is to be used to tow a trailer with a MAM greater than 750kg, the driver must have in addition to the above, category D1E on their drivers’ license.

First time users must supply a copy their drivers’ license and Highland Council minibus drivers’ card.


There is a newly refurbished meeting room on site close to the residential accommodation.  It can seat 20 conference style, up to 36 theatre style. It  is equipped with 10 networking points to access the Highland Council Intranet, and has PowerPoint and other AV facilities, flip charts and overhead projector.  Charges are £20 per half day or evening, reduced rates for groups occupying the lodges.


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Situated 10 miles from Fort William on the Mallaig road, the “Road to the Isles”, Kinlocheil Outdoor Centre is an ideal base for schools, groups and clubs wishing to take advantage of the wealth of outdoor activities available in the area, from climbing on Ben Nevis and other nearby hills, skiing at Aonoch Mor and Glencoe, mountain biking, canoeing and kayaking, fishing or lazing on the beaches at nearby Arisaig.

The building is an old schoolhouse, set back from the main road in a delightful small garden, looking out over Loch Eil, with plenty of parking space available.   It offers bunkhouse style accommodation for up to 14 people. Approaching from Fort William, the building is well signposted on the right, approximately 2 miles after the sign announcing Kinlocheil, about 10 miles from the roundabout north of Fort William.

There are two entrances, with keypads to control access.  We change the numbers of these regularly, but would prefer it if group leaders kept the number to themselves where possible, and certainly insist that it is not passed on to anyone outside the group.  The first entrance is to the cooking, eating and social area, and also gives access to the drying room.  The second entrance is to the bedroom and bathroom area.  There are 14 bunk spaces in total, 2x6 bunked rooms, 1x2 bunked room. There are 2 bathrooms, with 1 toilet and two showers in each.

There is a fully equipped kitchen.  Groups need to provide their own bedding ie a sleeping bag and a pillow case, and need to bring own towels.  Cleaning implements and materials are provided, but please bring your own toilet rolls and washing up liquid and dish towels.

Contact details

For further information about Badaguish, Kinlocheil or Torrin Outdoor Centres, including bookings, please contact Phil Swainson, the Centre Coordinator on 01479 861734 or 077 76 16 63 48, e mail phil.swainson@highland.gov.uk