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Academic Reading Parties & Study Days

The Burn offers a special sense of a shared experience that brings students and academic staff together, boosts enthusiasm for their subject and benefits their education.

Every reading party is different, with some focused more on taking a break from a tight teaching calendar, and others enjoying the opportunity of valuable one-on-one discussions between academics and students away from the syllabus and the lecture theatre.

The Burn has a long history of hosting academic reading parties from across the world. We have students from Scottish universities and also have regular visitors from the rest of the UK, Germany, the United States, and South Africa.


We welcome academic and other groups for retreats at the Burn.

We host a minimum of 25 in a group and up to 44 people in the Mansion House across 20 rooms of various sizes.

We like to offer a bespoke package for our groups, so please email Jan, the Bursar, about your particular requirements

Student Experience and Wellbeing

The Burn offers a unique blend of home comforts and an idyllic location. Its green and open spaces provide a real escape from modern pressures and demands. Its a great place to replace recharge and recover.

The time spent at "The Burn" in Scotland where the snowy environment and warm hospitality promoted relaxed, yet deep and honest discussions among all of us

Abe Bailey scholar

Staff Away Days and Writing Retreats

The Burn is a great place for team building, planning, and preparing for the year ahead. With reliable wifi it provides the perfect calm for research and report writing.

Abe Bailey Bursars Tours

The intention of the Will of Abe Bailey was to send young South Africans university students from all walks of life and leaders in their fields, to learn about their fellow South Africans through shared experiences and discussions on a variety of issues. More than any other experience, our time at the Burn offered the opportunity for the Bursars to discover their commonalities.

The Burn was magical. I enjoyed having the time to relax and socialize with our cohort.

Abe Bailey scholar

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