Soon after being the first man in history to dare to row across the North Atlantic Ocean from Canada to Ireland and after serving as a Paratrooper and SAS soldier, Tom McClean found Ardintigh after an extensive search. He couldn't resist such a spectacular location to build his Centre, right on the shoreline of Loch Nevis in the West Highlands of Scotland.
Tom's first group arrived at Ardintigh Highland Outdoor Centre in 1973, the Centre caters for Army and TA units and we welcome Corporate Groups, Youth and Adult organisation's, which includes School and Scout Groups, and many Adult Clubs including groups of friends who want to get away from the stresses and strains of everyday life. Retreat and Recharge!
It is a unique place, ideal for running your own course or bringing a group to relax and get away from the crowds. Instruction is not offered with self-catering bookings, so parties should bring their own qualified instructors and a cook.
Tom's Highland Outdoor Centre was the film location for a BBC television series which was filmed and broadcast in 2001. Lion television that produced "Castaway" on Taransay also produced the TV series "The Heat Is On" which started with a group of 14 contestants at Ardintigh. They spent 10 days under the watchful eye of ex SAS survival expert Lofty Wiseman learning the art of survival. From Ardintigh they flew straight to the rain forest and swollen rivers of the Peruvian Jungle to put their survival skills into practice.
Our motto is " As tough or as tame as you like"
Watch this video clip of Tom's daring ascent of Rockall to re affirm Britain's rights to the rock: