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Kells and Connor PS

Kells and Connor PS skills course at Tollymore

Tollymore National Outdoor Centre has a long history in providing skills and leadership based courses for schools and youth groups which introduces participants to one or more adventure sports.  Courses and programmes range from one day, non-residential courses through to programmes over a week long.

Schools and groups can choose from a range of skills based programmes and activities which can include:



  • Hillwalking
  • Canoeing and kayaking
  • Orienteering
  • Overnight expeditioning – either canoe based or in the mountains
  • Rock climbing – both indoors and outdoors
  • Mountain biking
  • GCSE PE options including orienteering, rock climbing and canoeing

If you aren’t sure what the GCSE PE options might look like check out our latest videos – GCSE PE – Orienteering  and GCSE PE – Mountaineering

If you would like to read what Stephen McDowell, a teacher with Portadown College had to say about his experience at Tollymore while completing their GCSE Mountaineering then read more here.

If you would like to read what Jacinta Doyle, a teacher with Shimna Integrated College had to say about her experience at Tollymore while completing their GCSE Orienteering then read more here.

All of our schools and youth skills courses will lead to certification in selected adventure sport(s) and we will provide advice and recommendations for further ongoing participation in these sports.

We have a range of facilities in and around the Centre, including meeting rooms, social areas, catering facilities, kayak rolling pool, indoor and outdoor climbing walls, mountain bike skills trail, drying rooms and extensive equipment stores which lends itself to servicing groups who are keen to progress with skills and leadership based courses. Our accommodation is in large, comfortable ensuite bedrooms, which can sleep either two or three people.

All of our courses include the use of specialist equipment and high quality catering, ranging from lunch on a one day course, through to all meals on residential programmes.

Still not sure?? Check out a video which Kells & Connor PS very kindly put together after a visit to the Centre. Kells & Connor PS have been regular visitors to the Centre over the years and really value the benefits of outdoor learning.  To help you understand why Kells & Connor PS continue to come back to the Centre, please read a letter Roy McClelland, (Principal) is his staff very kindly sent into the Centre following one of their visits. Kells & Connor PS

For further information please contact us on (0044) (28) 4372 2158 or email us at

Please click here to view a Sample programme for school groups .

Pricing for Youth Skills Based Programmes (per youth)  Prices correct as at 31st Dec 2021

Daily rate

Breakfast £4
Lunch £4
Evening Meal £8
Accommodation £15
Evening Activity


If however, you are interested in pursuing a multi-activities programme we would advise you to use an Adventuremark accredited provider.  Full details of these providers can be found at

If you would like to gain some new skills or further develop existing skills then we will be offering a range of skills based courses during the summer months.  Places are limited so you are advised to book early to avoid disappointment.


Current situation

As you are probably aware the current advice from the Northern Ireland Executive, Health Promotion Agency NI and Health & Safety Executive NI, as well as our expert group within Sport NI is that we cannot deliver any face to face courses for our customers including use of the Hot Rock Climbing Wall.

We know that you and many others like minded folk are very keen to get back on track with your plans to attend and complete a range of personal skills training and qualifications in a range of disciplines.

Believe us when we say we are equally keen to get outside with you and help you reach your goals and complete that journey.

How do we know? Because every day we get emails and phone calls asking when will courses resume and with every NI Executive mention of easing of restrictions the emails and phone calls are more frequent……