Respite Breaks

Children who come for a HopScotch holiday have a lot of fun, and go home with wonderful memories. As well as simple activities like going for walks and visiting beaches, we also plan some great excursions and experiences for the children. These can include:

  • Canoeing
  • Horse riding
  • Cable car ride
  • Trip to the sea life centre in Oban
  • SeaXplorer boat trip
  • Visit to a local chocolate factory
  • Indoor climbing
  • Cycling
  • Waterfalls

HopScotch’s Project Worker, Anna Marshall is based at our respite centre. She will work with the group every day and arrange a programme of activities for the children to enjoy.

There are no TVs/videos/DVD players or electronic games at Ardvullin. The children should not bring any computer games, mobile phones or electronic games with them. There’s far too many other things for them to experience!

For more information, please download our Guide to a HopScotch Holiday - Click Here

Children We Help

Who can come for a respite break with HopScotch? Children who fulfil the following criteria are eligible:

  1. Children must have no other chance of a holiday in the applying year.
  2. Children must be between 7-11 years at the time of the holiday.
  3. Children must really want to go on holiday and should be assessed as being able to cope with a week away from home.
  4. Children must not have been on a HopScotch holiday before.
  5. Children are not eligible if they have a record of violence, or other problems, which could place other children and members of staff at risk.

In addition they must be identified as being in one or more of the following categories:

  1. Children who are experiencing some form of deprivation, discrimination, abuse, family crisis or breakdown.
  2. Children who regularly take on the responsibilities of caring for another family member (young carers).
  3. Children of homeless families or children who live in sub-standard housing.
  4. Children of asylum seekers, refugees, and other minority groups.
  5. Children of parent(s) who suffer from long-term illness, disability or addiction.
  6. Children who are socially isolated.
  7. Children of families who are on low income or income support.
  8. Cared -for children.
  9. Children who have suffered as a result of bereavement.
  10. Children who have learning difficulties. 

If you’re a parent, carer or support worker interested in applying for a holiday at Ardvullin for a child in your care you can:
Email us at
Phone 0131 336 5554 for an application pack
Download the application form - click here

Application Hopscotch Respite Break