Longcraig Scout Centre

South East Scotland Region

Longcraig Scout Centre

Situated at the heart of the Forth Bridge UNESCO World Heritage Site

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We regret to announce that due to the ongoing restrictions Longcraig remains closed

We hope to reopen as soon as national guidance for Scouting allows. Please check this site for updates.

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Longcraig is a water sports centre owned and operated by the Scout Association and run entirely by volunteer staff. The centre operates from a purpose built building situated in the corner of the Dalmeny Estate by Longcraig pier, South Queensferry. Our purpose is to provide adventurous activities based around the water for Scouts and Guides living in the South East of Scotland and for those visiting from other regions . Longcraig is also a recognised RYA training centre and all our activity staff hold RYA and BCU qualifications as well as Scout activity permits. We take activity session bookings from Scout and Guide groups and can offer activities for Cubs to Explorers and Leaders. Book one of our sessions to try sailing, kayaking or rafting.

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BOOKINGS are Closed

Season 2021

Due to the ongoing pandemic we remain closed in accordance with national guidelines for Scouting. We hope to offer some activities later in the spring and summer, but this will be very much dependant on how things develop over the coming weeks. In the meantime our staff team are maintaining our admin, building and fleet, whilst complying with current guidelines, so that we will be prepared to reopen as soon as we can.


Season 2020 Closure

Due to the ongoing pandemic the decision has been taken that Longcraig will remain closed for the rest of the 2020 season.

Please see here for further information. We hope to be open again for the 2021 season.


Drowning Prevention Week Campaign

Drowning Prevention Week (DPW), this year is running from 12-19 June. The aim of the campaign is to help everybody across the UK and Ireland to #BeALifesaver and take charge of their own destiny to enjoy the water, safely.

Created by the Royal Life Saving Society UK, the campaign is now it’s 7th year and over that time the charity has gained an ever increasing amount of support to educate individuals and families, at a time of the year that is most crucial. Across the UK and Ireland there is a spike in fatal drowning incidents during the summer months. The charity is increasingly concerned this summer as the impact of COVID-19 is far reaching and has resulted in reduced beach lifeguard services and supervised venues.

Move information can be found here.


Temporary Closure of Longcraig Scout Center - Updated

All Leaders will be aware of the email from Tim Kidd, UK Chief Commissioner, instructing that ALL face to face Scouting activities are suspended until further notice due to the ongoing Coronavirus pandemic. Following recent government announcements and advice we have decided to close the Longcraig Scout Centres for the 2020 season to ensure the safety of our customers and volunteers.

All customers with a booking will be contacted by our teams over the course of the next month and will be offered the choice of transferring to an alternative date in 2021 or a refund.

Bookings will open again in early 2021.


Longcraig 50

2019 was our 50th year of operation at Longcraig pier. The anniversary celebrations included several specific events and the issuing of a commemorative badge to every participant who attended a session during 2019.

We also launched a new website 50 Years@LSC which hosts a collection of photographs taken at Longcraig over the last 50 Years.

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GetInvolved @ Longcraig - we are looking for people to join our volunteer team. If you would like to get involved check out our recruitment page.

We are not just looking for water qualified people. We need volunteers to help get the boats out of storage and stowed away at the end of each session and to help get participants on to the water. We also need people who can help maintain and look after our buildings and equipment. Longcraig is supported by a core team of just 35 people, yet we deliver activities almost everyday from May to September. We would relay like to spread the load and hope you can help.

Please see our recruitment page for details.