Àban - Adventure Learning Community

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

We offer positive outdoor adventures for young people and families in need. Our doors are open to all without the need to book online, and no previous experience is required.

We run Scotland's only independent DofE Open Award group, an outdoor club for Young Carers and outdoor sessions for local youth clubs. Alongside these programmes is our new for 2023 Kessock Ferry Swim Academy, which is a free-of-charge project for pupils from Inverness High School. They'll receive tuition from an experienced coach who will provide them with a structured swim programme to help prepare these local youngsters for our Kessock Ferry Swim.

As well as our charity projects, we offer a range of commercial activities, running alongside and supporting our charitable work. These activities follow the same core principle of positive local adventures. Made up of the Kessock Ferry Swim, Spring Rock Camps, and School Holiday Camps, these activities cover a spectrum of interests and ability levels

Luke Bothy

We're recruiting!

We are recruiting freelance Forest School Leaders & Outdoor Leaders to join our small & friendly team here in Inverness. We offer excellent rates of pay and the chance to be part of a unique community outdoor project. Closing date March 31st.

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Kessock Ferry Swim Academy 2023

With the 2023 Kessock Ferry Swim only a few months away, we are delighted to announce the Kessock Ferry Swim Academy 2023!

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Panoramic View

Highland Rock Trips

New for 2023, our Highland Rock Climbing Trips. Spring weather, no midges, no fixed plans - A Highland road trip adventure like no other. Small groups, expert local climbing instructors, and a warm and friendly buzz.

Mon 13 FebRead more…

Board & Staff

Appointment of Trustees

We are once again delighted to formally welcome the following Trustees:

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Kessock Ferry Swim 2023 - Entries now open!

Detailed 2023 event info is now live on our event pages - click here. The biggest change this year is the time - we'll be starting the swim late on Sunday afternoon on June 25th. As ever the whole show is dictated by the tide times. We can't wait to welcome you all!

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2023 Kessock Ferry Swim Community Partner

The 2022 Kessock Ferry Swim raised £4,200 for Friends of Merkinch Local Nature Reserve. This year, we build on that momentum with a new Community Partner. We are delighted to announce that Àban is joining forces with Clachnacuddin F.C. for the 2023 Kessock Ferry Swim.

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Having Fun in the Woods

2023 Holiday Camps now live

Holiday camps are back again for 2023! We kick off with both weeks of the Easter school holidays. Come and join us at Culduthel Woods for days packed full of outdoor activity and learning. For children aged 5 upwards and with 15 spaces available each day, you best be quick and book your spot.

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