Here you can read what our past visitors have to say about us.
We, both children and staff had a fantastic week. All children attempted everything; staff worked hard to keep them fully engaged and motivated. The safety of all was paramount and children fully briefed including equipment checks. Impressed with how children took turns to tidy up and clear up. They were encouraged and expected to take full responsibility for their belongings and to work together / help each other. A really positive experience - thank you!
Our kids feel well looked after and have a great time here each year. Your staff take time to get to know the kids which is essential in providing an environment for them to come out of their comfort zones and develop their skills. Communication between all staff and leaders is excellent and the needs of the children are prioritised. A very friendly, challenging and fun experience is always guaranteed for our children.
Thank you for another wonderful week at Ardentinny. As always, instructors were knowledgeable, friendly and so supportive. They got to know our children's individual needs (and teachers) very quickly and everyone was challenged through fun, exciting activities. Food was amazing and plentiful. Looking forward to next year already.
"This is my third time in Ardentinny and I can't recommend the centre enough. I was delighted to be coming here again with my new school and can't wait to come back. The children take huge amounts away from the experience. Everyone from the centre is warm and welcoming and the content is enjoyable for all: even the teachers go away having learned loads - thank you again"
"The fact that we return each year speaks volumes!"
"Thank you for a fantastic week! The centre is set up so well to cater for all needs and offers a fantastic range of activities to develop a range of skills, delivered by enthusiastic and very knowledgeable staff. The accommodation and food are of a very high standard. As we were here the week running up to Christmas, it was a lovely touch to have the Christmas tree up and have a Christmas dinner for our final nights meal"
"Cumbrae Primary School would like to extend their thanks to all of the staff at Ardentinny Outdoor Centre for providing a fantastic trip! The children were challenged, supported and encouraged to push their own boundaries to achieve successes they themselves didn't think possible. The staff were excellent and made each and every child and staff member feel at home, absolutely brilliant!
"We were only here for a short time but it was such a valuable time. To see the kids thrive and push themselves in situations unfamiliar to them, as well as become fully immersed in the outdoors, was a pleasure. The whole experience has given them a flavour of the skills they need as they progress to high school and teaches them they can be independent! Thank you for being so welcoming and accommodating"
"Ardentinny staff work together to create an inclusive ethos, challenging all our children (& staff!) to reach their fullest potential. A fantastic, fun experience for all!"
"A great adventure for the children with an array of activities designed to challenge them and bring a degree of independence and develop confidence and maturity. The difference in some of our children during their stay has been fabulous!"
"Our children are going home with lots of great memories and experiences. They have been challenged and have experienced outdoor learning first hand. They are going home more independent and resilient"
"Ardentinny provided a fantastic experience for our pupils. The learning opportunities were well facilitated and pupils responded positively. Pupils developed skills for life, learning and work in a context we could never hope to provide. We would strongly recommend the experience!"
"Another successful visit, all staff and instructors are very helpful and accommodating. Children had a great time and certainly learned a few essential life skills!"
"The week has provided the children with an excellent opportunity to make friends, build relationships with staff and challenge themselves. Ardentinny staff have been excellent making us feel most welcome. The activities provide interest, educational value and challenge. The routines and procedures keep the children busy at all time. Thank you for a super week!"
"All of our children thoroughly enjoyed their week. Nearly all of them don't want to go home! They've surprised themselves and achieved so much in a short period of time. Thank you to all members of staff!
P.s. Teachers loved the cheese and wi-fi "
"This was our fourth year visiting Ardentinny, we've booked to return in May 2018. This year we were sailing on Loch Long and it was a fantastic experience for staff and pupils. The staff and centre are extremely well organised and we have absolute trust in their ability to provide a fun and challenging experience for our pupils. Can't wait until our next visit!"
"This is my second time coming to Ardentinny and I'd be back again in a heartbeat. Easily my favourite of all of the outdoor education centres that I have been to as not much of the course is contrived - not doing artificial climbing walls, you get out into nature and I feel that is what outdoor education is all about."
"Fantastic experience for pupils - lovely to see pupils achieve and excel in activities. Mixed activity groups work really well and having the same instructor all week is great. Opportunities to develop teamwork are excellent.
As teaching staff, lovely to see positive change in pupils. Love it!"
"The centre is set in a beautiful location with stunning views. All activities are within a short distance from the centre. We really can't thank the staff enough. They have been outstanding. The centre have provided a wonderful experience for all our children"
"Ardentinny has provided children with an excellent opportunity to enhance their social communication skills. The team building challenges helped develop a growth mindset that has increased their resilience and self esteem. The instructors were amazing and provided the right level of challenge and pastoral care for our children"
"Our children look forward to this experience every year. The children blossom during the week due to the super instruction which brings out the best in the children. Brothers, sisters and friends still talk about their experience years later which inspires the younger children. The experience also allows some of our less confident children to shine and we see the benefit of this during the rest of their P7 year. Children also talk about how they are going to try to continue some of the outdoor opportunities they have had. A very well organised and well lead centre which has consistently delivered a quality programme to our pupils over many years"
"The experience our children gain from this week away is positive and encouraging. The change in children's attitude and behaviour is a direct impact from the team encouragement and activities they take part in. The instructors give 100% to their role within Ardentinny. Thank You!"
"Your instructors met the challenge of a bilingual visit perfectly. Activities were excellent and a good standard of accommodation. Thank you for everything"
"The Ardentinny Experience enabled the pupils to become more independent, try out new experiences and have a greater belief in their own abilities"
"It was rewarding to see children succeeding in activities who would normally find it less easy to have successes in the classroom. Children having responsibility for domestic routines was a positive experience and parents have commented favourably on this via twitter. Thoroughly recommend this centre to colleagues."
"An opportunity to REALLY get to know our children. To see children who face challenges at school every day find success. Being part of the residential visit is an important part of our children's education. The experience and activities cannot be replicated in a school. Ardentinny has developed skills, and memories, that will stay with our children throughout their lives."
"Unique experience as always. Each trip creates different memories and our children return to these throughout the year. All staff very attentive, supportive and created a fun learning environment. Thank you!"
"It is such a fantastic experience, it gives staff and pupils time to work together out of the normal school environment. It is wonderful to see children who struggle to excel with traditional attainment shine at activities during the week. It also gives them a different environment to develop friendships and build a class team. The staff never fail to be supportive and patient with the variety of needs our children present."
"We have had an absolutely fabulous time at Ardentinny Outdoor Centre. Aidan and the team have been wonderful and this visit has really helped the children to develop their skills for learning, life and work. This should be a compulsory part of the children's Outdoor Learning! Thank you so very much!"
"Thank you Ardentinny! Another great break for the young people of Kintyre. Lots of new friends made, challenges met and fun time had by all! A positive experience for all concerned!"
“The experience that Ardentinny offers the children is second to none. The staff are perfect for children's interest, motivation, safety, etc. Your entire set up is a very well oiled machine. It would appear that your many years of experience have refined the process to perfection! Thank you so much!”
“This was our school’s first trip to Ardentinny Camp after having it recommended to us by a West of Scotland colleague. I have to say that this was the best camp experience we have had as a school. The facilities are brilliant, the instructors were friendly, knowledgeable and always on hand to help. The staff facilities were excellent and afforded the privacy and space that we have not had in other establishments. We have already booked to go back next year again. Well done and many thanks to Peter and the team.”
“This was a great experience for the children. It taught them to be more independent, overcome their fears and built resilience. It is also great for staff to see individuals flourish! See you next year!”
“Ardentinny provides an excellent opportunity for families to experience outdoor learning. The staff have built an excellent rapport with adults and children. Everyone has enjoyed the visit and we have, as a families in partnership team, built on our care values of respect, co-operation and trust.”
“My week at Ardentinny has reinforced my opinion that a week residential experience is an absolute must for all children. Not once did a child complain that they missed their computers, x-box, etc. They were allowed to be children in a natural environment for a week. Thank you all for your hard work!”
“The experience at Ardentinny this week has been fantastic, for both children and teachers. The ethos at the centre and its desire to instil life skills and independence should be admired, and the level of care has been exceptional. I would be happy to return given the opportunity.”
"Following a succession if winter visits, our first September trip has illuminated a completely different side to Ardentinny. The experience of the instructors ensured a quick setting period for the children and they blended well with the other visiting school. The wide variation of activities ensures that all children get the correct level of challenge and enjoyment."
"Ardentinny has given our pupils, once again, a wholesome, fun, educational and life-changing experience. Pupils demonstrating difficulties at the start of the week were quickly engaged and by the end all were involved and co-operating. Relaxing and challenging in equal proportions."
“Thank you very much for an excellent week. The staff were superb – enthusiastic, warm and showed strong leaderships skills and awareness for safety. The scenery is stunning and we were very lucky with the weather! The children loved the activities. Some activities were quite challenging which we all thought was great, as the children got a great sense of achievement.”
“Hillhead P7s have visited Ardentinny for the last 2 years (2014 & 2015) and we have thoroughly enjoyed our trip. There is a clear and well established working model that has been honed over many years and the opportunities provided for our pupils to develop themselves as individuals in an environment that both supports and challenges in equal measure was fantastic.”
“Ardentinny is a fantastic experience for children. The pupils thoroughly enjoy the whole week, and develop their skills in independence, teamwork and responsibility. The range of activities offered is appropriate and challenging, and allows pupils to step outside their comfort zone and push themselves to achieve things they never thought possible. As a teacher, it is lovely to see the positive changes in many pupils as they succeed and support others to succeed. Can’t recommend it highly enough, the school have already booked up for next year!”
“Ardentinny is a fantastic outdoor education centre that provides a warm, welcoming atmosphere for anyone who chooses to stay with them. The staff are friendly, encouraging and supportive towards children and they promote teamwork throughout every activity offered. As staff, we absolutely love coming to Ardentinny and it is the highlight of the year for our Primary 7s.”
"This was a fantastic residential experience for our P7 students. The instructors quickly got to know our pupils and what motivated them to face their fears and achieve goals which many thought were unachievable before the trip!"
“We had a super time. Thanks again!”
“Thanks for all of your hard work, dedication and commitment.”
“A huge thank you to all staff, instructors, domestic, office, kitchen, you all made it feel like home!”
"Super variety of activities of activities that will make memories these children will have forever. We have had a fantastic trip, the pupils and staff have thoroughly enjoyed the activities and each instructor demonstrated a high level of care and fun to the group who they got to know very well. They were all very approachable and made us all feel very welcome. Thank you!"
“Looking forward to next year already!”
“It was a very successful and worthwhile week. All of the activities work extremely well and were set at the right level of challenge. The content of the course was ideal. Great mixture of fun and learning. The food was fantastic and the accommodation was absolutely fine. We have had a fantastic week. The staff have been brilliant with the children. They are excellent role models with whom the children will have benefitted so much by being in their company. Thank you!”
“We thoroughly enjoyed our stay. Children faced challenges and overcame fears. Instructors were very tuned into needs of individual children. We found all staff very enthusiastic and accommodating. Thank you so much!”
“Our stay was very successful, the children were all happy, well motivated and gained a lot from the activities. Very happy with the routines and procedures. We felt everything was very well organised. Thank you!”
“All staff were brilliant! Instructors are so nurturing and enthusiastic. Thanks to you all for a very happy and beneficial few days!”