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Killearnan Activity and Training Centre

 

To view availability check out the bookings calendar via this link.

We currently accept overnight boookings for outdoor camping only. NB - there will be no indoor overnight stays.

Although we describe Killearnan as a Brownie house the facilities would suit many groups for a variety of purposes,  Senior Section, Rangers, Guides, Leaders, plus Cubs, Scouts, Youth Groups and so it goes on.

The building itself is a disused school property and is set in the Black Isle overlooking the Beauly Firth, which has an abundance of wildlife.  Killearnan is close to the ruins of Redcastle which is one of the many places the Brahan Seer wrote about.  Being set in this quiet location there is not a heavy volume of noise pollution from cars and people and is just the place to explore the surrounding area, including the nearby city of Inverness which has the Aquadome complete with flumes, multi screen cinema, theatre, bowling alley, museums, ice skating and shopping centre.  Dolphin watching boat trips can be taken from Inverness and around the Black Isle.  In and around the Black Isle there are various attractions – Black Isle Wildlife Park at Munlochy, Glen Ord Distillery and the county town of Dingwall is also close by which has a swimming pool, museum and shopping area and in nearby Muir of Ord there is an equestrian centre.  Around the property itself you can enjoy walks around the area and visit the shoreline of the Beauly Firth which can provide a wealth of activities, or just relax in the tranquil peace that will surround you.  You may be fortunate to see red kites, buzzards, red deer or maybe a fox.

We have furnished the house with bunk beds and it has been painted in bright and welcoming colours.  Floor coverings are laid and showers are installed.  We host a small chest freezer to compliment the fridge in the kitchen, a tumble dryer. Tables, chairs, crockery, cutlery and cooking utensils are all supplied.

Accommodation: this comprises of three large rooms, toilet block, staff toilet and kitchen.  The three large rooms are made up of one dormitory with twelve bunk beds which all have mattress protector covers on; a medium sized general purpose room suitable for playing games etc and is equipped with the tables and chairs, crockery and food cupboards; and the last room has three bunk beds and a small seating area which.  The kitchen is and has a range style electric cooker with five hobs, normal oven, tall oven (which can hold up to four chickens) and grill, two sinks, an urn, all the pots and pans etc.  There is also a cleaning cupboard which houses the brooms and mops etc and a hoover is also provided.

The grounds surrounding the building are quite spacious and can easily be used for outdoor games and activities and can hold a few tents.  There are some half oil drums and stands which can be used for outdoor cooking or campfire, and there is some wood around which can be used.  If you do decide to do outdoor cooking please bring your own pans and utensils for this and don’t use the equipment from inside the house. 

We supply some cleaning materials eg toilet cleaner, anti bacterial spray, multi purpose cleaner, and toilet rolls.  You need to bring a sleeping bag and sheet for under it, pillow etc, first aid kit, personal kit, torches etc. 

In the kitchen there is a small white board to note any cleaning stocks that are running low to allow us to replenish them. If any of the waterproof mattress covers get soiled during your stay you can change them with the spare ones located in the building.  Please either wash and dry the soiled one whilst there or take it away with you to clean and return it as soon as possible. 

As Killearnan is an old stone building with high roofs it can be very cold and it  may therefore be a good idea to take along blankets for night and warm clothing (perhaps even a hot water bottle or two). To the other extreme when the sun shines through the windows it can be the opposite and be very warm indoors.

There is no phone connected in the building and as the nearest public telephone is around half a mile away we suggest you take along a mobile phone to use in emergencies.

Nearby is Killearnan Parish Church (Church of Scotland), who welcomes visiting groups to their services. These services start at around 10.15am.(TBC)  It is a good idea to contact the Church in advance so that they are aware of your intention to visit.

 

There are a few house rules and ask that these be adhered to, failure to comply with these rules could incur penalties and the deduction of your deposit from the final invoice could be forfeited.

 

Should you require more information on the property or wish to view it or make a booking, please email:

Dawn Walker

1stavochbrownies@gmail.com