Àban - Adventure Learning Community

We run Scotland's only independent DofE Open Award group, an outdoor club for Young Carers and an innovative Adventurous Learning programme in local schools.

We're a registered Scottish charity and a thriving social enterprise. We help get you out on positive adventures right here in your own community. When you book an activity with us, every penny raised goes to support our charitable work in Inverness.

Contribute to our charitable work by making a one-off or regular donation.

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2023 Local Charity Partner - applications openKessock Ferry Swim to benefit another local good cause

The 2022 Kessock Ferry Swim raised a grand total of £4,400 for Friends of Merkinch Local Nature Reserve. The funds kept rolling in long after we took the photo on the day! We are now accepting applications to join forces with Àban for the 2023 event.

Tue 1 NovRead more…

Packed up and ready

Outdoor Gear Library

Want to get outdoors but put off by all that pricey kit? We operate a free of charge Outdoor Gear Library. We have a huge selection of gear and clothing, mainly tilted towards walking & camping. Give us a call to arrange collection from our store in Merkinch.

Fri 21 OctRead more…

Glen Feshie

Duke of Edinburgh's Award Practice ExpeditionsIt's a wrap for 2022!

Phew! That's our expedition season over for 2022. This year we've put on a total of 4 practice expeditions and 2 qualifying expeditions, ranging from Attadale in the Northwest all the way to Linn of Dee on Deeside.

Fri 21 OctRead more…

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Àban is a Living Wage Employer

The Living Wage commitment will see everyone working at Àban receive a minimum hourly wage of £10.90 per hour. This Living Wage rate was announced on Thursday 22nd September 2022. This rate is significantly higher than the government minimum for over 23s, which currently stands at £9.50 per hour (from 1 April 2022).

Fri 30 SepRead more…

Cameron Youth Centre 2022

Old traditions, new beginnings

Our Duke of Edinburgh's Award group is now underway, meeting once a month at the Cameron Youth Centre.

Mon 26 SepRead more…

Kendal Mountain Tour

Kendal Mountain Tour at Eden Court

We had a bit of fun at the weekend appearing as part of the Kendal Mountain Tour at Eden Court. They were inviting community activitists to join them on each leg of their UK-wide tour, and we were the lucky ones chosen for Inverness.

Mon 16 MayRead more…

Fire circle

"Stay outside until it's time for tea!"

These are holidays like they used to be! Easter 2022 sold out, so please help us plan ahead for the summer. Well done to the 48 children who braved some really cold conditions. Goes to show that with a bit of warm clothing and a big wood to explore, even P1 children can stay outside for 6 hours non-stop and still be warm & happy.

Thu 7 AprRead more…

The start of the 2023 event

Kessock Ferry SwimAll proceeds to local charities

Run in partnership with the local community in Merkinch, the historic Kessock Ferry Swim is our main annual fundraising event. Our event follows the classic route - approximately 1200m out-and-back across the tidal narrows between South Kessock and North Kessock. The next edition will take place on Sunday 25th June 2023. Entries will open on Valentine's Day Tuesday 14th February 2023. Keep up to date by signing up to our newsletter here.

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