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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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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The season runs from

4th May until 22nd September

Bookings for this season are now closed

Latest News

East Lothian District Event

Longcraig hosted 30 explorers from various East Lothian groups for a day of Rafting, Kayaking and Topper sailing aimed at developing team work and mixing together. We probably saw some of the best rafts ever built at Longcraig and they mostly maid it all the way to the moorings beach and back.

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Craigamond District Event

Cubs, Scouts and Leaders from Craigamond district enjoyed sessions at Longcraig over the weekend 24th - 25th August

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Borders District Event

Longcraig decamped to St Marys Loch over the weekend 1-2 June to deliver our first 50th Anniversary event for the Borders District. 190 participant sessions and 458 hours of volunteering from 17 staff, an impressive start to the celebrations.

See scenes from this event at the 50Years@LSC picture archive.

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As part of our Fifty Anniversary celebration Longcraig is giving every participant a commemorative badge. These badges will be handed out to group leaders at the end of each booking and will be sent to those who have already attended during 2019.

Also we are please to launch a new website 50 Years@LSC which hosts a collection of photographs taken at Longcraig over the last 50 Years.

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INEOS support Longcraig 50

Representatives from INEOS our neighbor at Hound Point terminal present the centre with a cheque to support anniversary events and a photograph of a prototype Americas Cup yacht, signed by Olympic Gold Medalist and Americas Cup skipper Sir Ben Ainslie.

INEOS are sponsoring next years British Americas Cup challenge and are pleased to support Longcraigs 50th Anniversary events.

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23rd February 2018 – start of the Beast from the East!!, 23rd February 2019 - 16 degrees by afternoon (but breezy!).

The maintenance team enjoy a mornings work in the sunshine.

Our photographer catches sight of a Baulder sticking its nose out from winter hibernation, but decides its still too cold and goes back in.


Bookings are now open

We are now open for bookings. Please book via the booking page on our customer portal. For full details of the activities we offer visit our our customer portal at cust.longcraig.info.


Ian demonstrates one method for picking holes in Longcraig ... pier

Our first work day of the new season saw the usual stalwarts fitting mooring rings, toilet seats and other building maintenance tasks.


Booking Opening Now 1st February 2019 at 00:00

We have had an update on the publishing schedule of the newsletters and are pleased to move bookings date forward to match.


Bookings will open 10th February 2019

We're delaying the opening of bookings for the new season to fit in with the publishing schedule for local Scout and Guide newsletters. We hope that syncronising the launch of the new season across all media outlets will be fairer to all customers and ensure everyone has the opportunity to get the dates they want.


Thieves target Longcraig

Longcraig has been plagued by a spate of thefts from the dingy park during the Summer of 2018. In June it started with the theft of blocks and shackles from the boats and then quickly escalated to theft of painter and lashing ropes. Recently a more audacious theft saw the removal of Bess, our Pioneer 13 plastic tender, from its trailer. This must have been a crew of several people, since as we know Bess is very heavy and difficult to move. We can only assume it was carried to the water at high tide and rowed away. Its difficult to imagine what someone would do with her.

To discourage further incidents we have obtained the loan of a webcam and have set it up to monitor the area outside of the building. Local Police have been informed and patrols in the area will be stepped up.

If you have any information about these thefts, please contact Longcraig or the local police.


This is Bess - If you see her in a garage or lockup or on the water, please let us know - small reward for information leading to recovery. bess@longcraig.info

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