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Group Booking information

Here is some information which will help with the planning of your visit, please contact us if you have more questions.

Preview visits

If you are new to Abernethy then we would encourage you to try and arrange a visit to your chosen centre prior to your residential stay.  The peace of mind that this offers you and your group is valuable and reassuring.

Call the centre that you are considering visiting or that you have already booked for and we will arrange a time to suit you to come and meet some of the team and have a look round.  There will be plenty of opportunities to ask questions and you will quickly realise why our strap line is “Live the Adventure!”

Kit List

All of the specialist equipment that you will need during your stay – buoyancy aids, helmets, harnesses etc will be provided by Abernethy.  These are regularly checked and recorded by our instructional teams.  We don't expect our guests to bring any of these items.

The individuals in your group should aim to bring warm old clothes, trainers that can get wet and swim kit amongst other things.  We would hope that you don't need to buy anything new for your visit to Abernethy.  

Here is an edited (non ski week) kit list, the full list can be downloaded using the link at the bottom of the section:

GENERAL CLOTHING ESSENTIALS

Sweatshirts/hoodies Casual trousers/jeans T-shirts & shorts Socks & underwear Suitable Nightwear Indoor shoes/trainers

OUTDOOR CLOTHING ESSENTIALS

Fleece/warm sweatshirts Waterproof jacket Old trousers/tracksuit bottoms (Not jeans) Old trainers/sturdy footwear that can get wet 1 pair long/soft socks Hat & gloves (For hillwalking & dry-slope skiing)

OTHER ESSENTIALS

2 towels Swimming kit Wash kit, including shampoo, toothpaste etc Small personal first aid kit Drinks flask, non-breakable (Named on the side) Small day sack

RECOMMENDED/OPTIONAL ITEMS

Change for vending/games machines— 20p & 50p Sunglasses Non-breakable water bottle Insect repellent/anti-midge cream Sun cream, after sun & sun hat/baseball cap Torch Inexpensive/disposable camera Bin bag for bringing wet or muddy kit home

The following pdf’s give complete lists of what is required:

Kit list for spring, summer and autumn

Kit list for skiing (Nethybridge only)

Menu & Food

We offer a good, balanced range of home cooked food on our menu at Abernethy and fresh fruit, tea and coffee is available at all times of day.  The Abernethy chefs have experience of dealing with many different dietary requirements providing some notice is given (preferably at least 2 weeks due to the remote nature of our centres).

Although each centre differs in how food is served, (from canteen style to served at the table) you can be sure that you won’t go hungry during your stay.  The option of “upgrading” some of your meals gives you flexibility for your group – whether it is having a Sunday roast before you depart at the weekend or requesting a large supper on your arrival, just let us know in advance and we can give you a quote.

Sample 1 day menu:

Breakfast: Cereals, Toast, Sausages, Hash browns, Scrambled egg, Fresh fruit, Fruit juice

Packed Lunch (make your own): Tuna mayo, Ham, Cucumber, Chocolate biscuit, Homebaking, Fresh fruit, Carrot sticks

Dinner: Homemade lasagne or Morroccan veg & cous cous, Salad, Coleslaw, Chocolate fudge cake & cream

Supper: Homebaking or toast

Affordability

At Abernethy we want as many people as possible to visit our centres and benefit from the experiences gained from a residential stay and taking part in outdoor adventure activities. 

As a charity our margins are tight but we are proud of our prices and are happy that they reflect good value for money.  However, we also want to do what we can to help guests who, without financial support, would not be able to visit our centres and we will do all we can to make a package affordable for your group. 

  • We are able to discuss price options for transport – if you are based within a reasonable distance from the centre of your choice we may be able to use our fleet of minibuses to pick you up at a negotiated price.
  • If you want a residential experience but cannot manage to fund a whole week we can offer part weeks at certain times of year.  We also work on a seasonal basis with prices reflecting the time of year so coming out of the busy summer season will make your money go further.
  • We have a Bursary which is funded by donations made by our “Be Involved” supporters and which is available to those in the most need of financial help.  We understand that some groups would not be able to consider a visit to Abernethy and yet often, they are the people most in need of the residential experience away from home.  For more information on our Bursary please e-mail Phil Simpson our Chief Executive.

Finally, if price is the only thing stopping you from booking a residential at and Abernethy adventure centre then do get in touch. 

Risk & Safety Management

Although we are unable to provide you with a full risk assessment for your residential we are able to give you a copy of our risk management summary.  Contact the centre of your choice (below) for a copy of this.  If you would like to arrange a visit to be able to complete your risk assessment we would be pleased to meet you and help in whatever way we can.

For our safety information click HERE

Individuals insurance

We encourage all groups to advise parents to take out holiday travel insurance prior to visiting our centres.  We have good links with Access Insurance who can provide a reasonably priced policy for the duration of the residential visit.  This policy will cover cancellation, theft and accident. Cancellation charges apply even in the case of injury or illness which prevents a guest from coming so it is important that you consider insurance for your visit.

Please speak to our administration teams if you have any questions at all about insurance.

Public liability insurance

All of our centres are covered for public liability insurance.  Our individual centres can provide copies of our insurance documentation if required.

Frequently Asked Questions

For answers to our more commonly asked questions clilck HERE

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