Readers of USA Today voted Scotland the world's Best Cinematic Destination in 2015. Wow, what an accolade to have! From Stanley Kubrick and James Bond to Outlander and Braveheart, Scotland is a prime filming location. There has even been a Bollywood blockbuster Kuch Kuch Hota Hai which used Scotland as a backdrop.

Lagganlia has even had its share of the spotlight, with the filming of the BBC Children’s fantasy game show, Raven (see image gallery below) using Lagganlia for their outdoor location. Both centres in Cairngorm and Argyll are ideal for a wide range of TV and movie locations due to their large grounds and surrounding scenery, including mountains, forests, rivers and hills.

The location around Lagganlia and Glen Feshie have been used recently by a number of tv and film productions, these include BBC Spring Watch - Winter Watch was filmed in Abernethy and surrounding park area. The 2018 Netflix/Sigma film, Outlaw King filmed at Loch an Eilein, one of the most beautiful spots in the Cairngorms and the worldwide tv hit Outlander filmed throughout Scotland including the highland folk museum and Rothiemurchus Estate.

Even closer to Lagganlia Outdoor Centre location, Mary Queen of Scots starring Saoirse Ronan was filmed in part at Glen Feshie. With many more tv and films due to be filmed on location over the coming year, Cairngorms and Glen Feshie is fast becoming the go-to location for the industry. The image gallery below will give you an overview of Lagganlia, visit our explore Cairngorms section to discover what we and the surrounding Cairngorms have to offer.

Benmore and Argyll have been the location for a wide number of tv and film productions. BAFTA-winning Sigma Films spent seven days filming internally and externally in and around Benmore House along with other areas of Cowal.  They used the site for location filming as well as utilising the accommodation and catering facilities on offer. Sigma films recent examples of work include Outlaw King, Malevolent.  A project titled Being, funded by Creative Scotland was made at Benmore. Below you can view a small selection of locations available, visit our explore Argyll section to find out more.

Both sites offer excellent accommodation options, including, lodges, camping pods and large main houses. At Benmore Outdoor Centre, there is a 19th Century farmhouse and cottage and the main house which can all be used for sets and would be great for period dramas due to their isolated, rural locations and few pylons or signs of modern technology.

Lagganlia, Cairngorms location checklist

  • Large main house accommodation
  • Main house meeting rooms and canteen
  • Five lodges perfect for filming and accommodation
  • Ten camping pods set in woodland
  • climbing and rope course
  • Large parking area
  • Near A9 and under 1 hour from Inverness
  • Rivers, forests, hills and mountain backdrop
  • Year round location, perfect for winter filming.

Benmore, Argyll location checklist

  • Large country house ideal for group accommodation
  • 19th Century main house perfect for period filming and backdrop
  • 19th Century white-washed farmhouse and cottage set in a woodland location
  • 19th Century grand gates and gardens
  • Extensive grounds with giant Sierra Redwoods 
  • Close to rivers, caves and coastline
  • Close to Dunoon with ferry links to the west coast and Glasgow.


Team building is essential for any organisation. Local authorities, the third sector and corporations all see the benefits of time away from day to day routine and bonding with each other. Our outdoor learning centres are the perfect location for any team building events. With our range of onsite activities, we can help tailor a package which exceeds your team's expectations.

Our centres are in two locations and have wide-ranging facilities, activities and accommodation options. Lagganlia Outdoor Centre in the Cairngorms is close to Aviemore and has excellent road and rail connections to the central belt of Scotland and the UK.

The Benmore Outdoor Centre is in Argyll near Dunoon in the coastal area of Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park. Benmore Outdoor Centre is more remote and secluded, which is perfect for groups who want to get away from the distractions of technology and urban areas.

Whatever your objectives to support, train or motivate your team, our centres provide the perfect base.

A variety of activities are available at both our locations. Contact the centre to discuss. 

We can help arrange activities, and offsite trips in the surrounding areas and our team can discuss options when you inquire. You can explore our locations and accommodation options below.


We have a wide range of accommodation options to suit all sizes of groups with our lodges able to accommodate from six up to 58 people. Ptarmigan Lodge, which sleeps six, even has a hot tub for relaxing after an energetic day of activity. In the woods around the site, we have 12 camping pods which each sleep two people. There are some BBQ huts and picnic areas throughout the site to help you make the most of the outdoors.

For larger groups, our main house can accommodate up to 58 and has some meeting rooms, common areas and bedrooms in a variety of twin rooms and bunk rooms. With drying rooms and plentiful parking around the site, no matter what size your group is, Lagganlia Outdoor Centre delivers a fantastic base when visiting the Cairngorms.

Explore Cairngorms accommodation


We’ve often heard from visitors that Argyll has just taken their breath away. Our self-catering accommodation at Bernice Farmhouse which sleeps up to 20 and Bernice Cottage which sleeps up to five provides the ideal location for those you want to get away from it all or as a base for exploring the full Argyll area. For larger groups and schools, Benmore House delivers the perfect residence for outdoor learning, accommodating groups up to 122 people.

Relax, take in the scenery, get active and learn when you visit the Benmore Outdoor Centre.

Explore Argyll accommodation




Donna Reilly
Sales and Operations Officer

The City of Edinburgh Council
Sport and Outdoor Learning Unit
Waverley Court
4 East Market Street
07718 660 981



Benmore Outdoor Centre
by Dunoon
Argyll PA23 8QX
01369 706 337


Bangholm Outdoor Centre
23 Craighall Gardens
Edinburgh EH6 4RJ
0131 551 4368


Lagganlia Outdoor Centre
Kincraig PH21 1NG
01540 651 265


Our outdoor experience activities are very popular with many clubs, companies, families and organisations. We work in partnership with you and your group to ensure all participants receive the best experience possible from their visit. No matter the size or type of group we can help develop the perfect package. We offer activity only, accommodation only or a combination of both to help create a memorable experience.

Our specialist outdoor activity centres in Cairngorm and Argyll offer unique ways to learn and explore the outdoors. Lagganlia Outdoor Centre in the heart of the Cairngorms is perfect for learning to ski or climbing activity, while Benmore Outdoor Centre located in Argyll, an area surrounded by lochs and forests, has something to offer everyone - from canyoning and sailing to festivals and forest walks. 

We’ve highlighted a selection of groups and organisations who have enjoyed visiting our centres and the outdoor experiences we offer. Take a look but if your particular group section is not here, contact us to chat through how we can make your next break one to remember.