Gartan Outdoor Education Centre

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Located on the shore of beautiful Lough Gartan, Gartan OEC provides a broad range of adventure and environmental education courses, designed for all age groups and levels of ability.

Gartan OEC designs and delivers education, specialist and recreation courses providing high quality learning experience, challenge and fun in wild and spectacularly beautiful locations. All courses ensure a positive lifelong learning and developmental impact. They are provided on a residential or non residential basis.

The benefits of Outdoor Education are well established, contributing significantly to personal, social and emotional development of users. Outdoor Education, based on experiential learning and adventurous, challenging activity, has real and immediate effect, transferring learning from the outdoors to the classroom, and indeed the other way round, with direct benefit to formal education.

Donegal ETB believes young people and adults should have the opportunity to experience the outdoors, the environment beyond the classroom, as an essential part of learning and development.

The following benefits or outcomes are commonly attributed to Outdoor Education:

Social awareness

Environmental appreciation and awareness

Outdoor sporting skills


Personal qualities

Health and fitness

Increased motivation

Broadened horizons

Development of leadership skills