Battling for the stars in Deeside

Battle Grounds Adventure Activities by Banchory is now a 5-star Activity Centre following its first ever grading by VisitScotland.


This outdoor centre provides facilities for a range adrenaline-fuelled activities including paintballing, laser tag, archery and bubble football.


Home to the Scottish Paintball League, Battle Grounds Adventure Activities is the only Aberdeenshire City Council approved paintball venue and the only site in Aberdeenshire to run walk-on paintball days for regular players.


The activity centre was established eight years ago by a then 17-year-old Gilan Kelly. Gilan built the business from the ground up and transformed a small business into a must-visit experience and his achievements were recently recognised when he was announced as a finalist in the Grampian Awards for Business Excellence in the Spirit of Enterprise category.


Gilan feels this award is a wonderful recognition for the years of hard work he and the team at Battle Grounds have put in. They are thrilled to be the only 5-star adventure Activity Centre in Aberdeen & Aberdeenshire. Gilan and the team are very excited to continue with an expansion of Battle Grounds with a real focus on their customers.


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Quality Assurance
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