People are at the core of what we do, and that does not stop only at our visitors’ level.
Most members of our team have been with us for many years. And be it our group of amazing instructors, our helpful kitchen and housekeeping team or our management team, we are all here to make everybody’s visit a huge success.
Meet the team
Our instructors are recruited for their genuine interest in the well-being of the individual young people in their group as well as skills and experience in the great outdoors. All have extensive training and experience in working with all kinds of children and adults, and they love what they do. They are committed to getting the best out of each individual and ensuring everyone has a rewarding and enjoyable experience of outdoor centre life.
We believe that it is always easier to interact with someone you know. That’s why every group, mostly no more than 10 people, will be paired with one instructor at arrival, who will stay with their group during the whole duration of the visit. This will ensure the continuity of the course, and will enable group members to build trusting relationships with their instructors. In addition, it makes evaluation of progress and recognition of success much easier.
We provide continuous professional development to make sure that our team learn and develop throughout their careers.
From booking to organising your visit, we are here to make sure that everything works as it should. We don’t want you to worry about anything, so any question or problem you might have, we are here to solve it for you.
Head of Outdoor Education
Making sure that your accommodation is clean, comfortable and welcoming is the task of our caretaking and housekeeping team. In addition, our kitchen team will go out of their way to make sure everyone is well feed with lots of nutritious, healthy and delicious food.
Principal of the Achnamara Centre from 1984, Peter became the Head of Castle Toward in 1994. In the late 90’s, Peter led the management buy-out of Castle Toward and Ardentinny Centre, and has been Chief Officer of the Actual Reality Trust since its foundation.
At Ardentinny Centre, Peter brings the aims of the Trust into life and works to ensure that the vision and the values of the Trust are relevant for the times we live in and that they are suitably resourced.
Ardentinny’s original reputation for youth work, music and drama as well as outdoor education is on the rise once again and there is great satisfaction for Peter in the knowledge that the opportunity to visit Ardentinny and to work with inspiring teachers and instructors is widely available and accessible to children and young people from all over the country.
Peter’s life is about work and family, but there is still time for reading, cooking, road biking, skiing and travels by kayak.
Peter Wilson, Chief Officer
Aidan has worked in the Outdoor Education sector for 20 years and is qualified to a high level, with a range of national awards from mountain sports to canoeing and kayaking. As a member of the Association of Heads of Outdoor Centres, Aidan strives to raise the importance and value of outdoor education.
Aidan is Head of Outdoor Education at the centre. He is responsible for running the outdoor programme with all that this entails. From staff-training and monitoring to operating license compliance and from first aid care to protective equipment: everything that makes the outdoor education programme hugely adventurous and completely safe at the same time is Aidan's responsibility.
In his free time, Aidan enjoys sailing, canoeing and mountain biking, and he has travelled to the Alps, Norway, Canada, Africa and the Himalayas to climb and paddle.
Aidan Doherty, Head of Outdoor Education