Blair House is a 20-bed field centre in Glen Doll, at the head of Glen Clova, Angus. From it you can explore the Forestry Commission woods, be on Driesh by lunch or climb any of a dozen other Cairngorm Munros, watch eagles and red squirrels, or study botany or geology in six SSSIs, including the globally-significant botanical site Corrie Fee. Part farm cottage, part Forestry Commission bunkhouse, in 1970 it became the Edinburgh Academy field centre. Since then, through wayfaring courses, owl-pellet analysis, rock climbing, mountain navigation, identifying Lychnis Alpina or simply harebells, participating in art, music and creative writing, thousands of children have played and studied there. In 2014 Blair House, no longer suitable as a school facility, was sold to Eleanor Harris, daughter of a former staff member. She is refurbishing it to repoen as a field centre again, to make the magical privilege of staying in Glen Doll much more widely available: to school, university, community, faith and family groups. The Blair House grove is initially being established through "rewards" for the crowdfunder scheme which will enable the refurbishment to go ahead. In the longer term, as Blair House is only accessible by car, visitors will be asked to donate £5 to plant a tree for each vehicle which goes there. Anyone is of course welcome to plant extra trees in our grove, perhaps to commemorate great school holidays in its old days. Follow the progress of the refurbishment and see photos of Glen Doll through the seasons on our Facebook page.
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