ATRA is a membership organisation which seeks to bring together an academic and practitioner community around core areas of interest in adventure tourism and outdoor recreation. The conference fee for the International Adventure Conference includes a year’s membership of ATRA – alternatively you can join by sending an email to steve.taylor.whc@uhi.ac.uk

The aim is to create and sustain a forum for the creation and dissemination of research into adventure tourism: its key dimension is the dynamic between theorists and practitioners (academics, managers and guides) which is crucial to keeping the research productivity cutting-edge and relevant.

ATRA operates through five principal mechanisms:

  • The web site

  • The Journal of Adventure Tourism

  • A seminar programme whereby member institutions can host occasional, localised discussion groups

  • The community of adventure tourism researchers, academics and practitioners

  • The annual International Adventure Conference. ATRA works with local partners to host the annual international adventure conference and is currently seeking hosts for the 2016 conference


UWS undertakes career-focused teaching, world-leading research with an international outlook equipping students with an innovative outlook and ambition.

UWS has four campuses across Scotland including Dumfries.  The University offers undergraduate degree course in Tourism Management and Sports Coaching and Development.  These faculties along with tourism and event management students are supporting the organisation of IAC 2019.

Laggan Outdoor is an award-winning activity centre set on the stunning Solway Coast.  In 2007, Duncan diversified part of the family farm to create the facilities which have developed in 10 years into an extensive centre which offers adventure activities for individuals, families and corporate groups of all ages and abilities.

The Centre has continued to develop and boasts Europe’s longest Zip wire spanning 820 metres. November 2017 saw  the opening GG’s Yard, a purpose-built event space, the venue for IAC 2019.


There is strong support in the Dumfries and Galloway and wider South of Scotland Region, where adventure tourism is a key component of the wider tourism strategy.

We are pleased to have the support and involvement of a wide range of private and public sector organisations in the planning for IAC 2019.


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IAC 2019 Hosts:

Laggan Outdoor

Gatehouse of Fleet

Castle Douglas