I run traditional skills courses in the Cairngorms National ParkAlladale wilderness reserve, Torridon Estate and on the south coast Of Greenland.

The Greenland Adventure

This course is a unique once in a lifetime experience that’s located on the southern fjords of Greenland, some of the last untouched wilderness in the world.

This incredible opportunity will give you the chance to explore a wilderness that’s abundant with natural resources if you know where to look. You will be amerced in a land of pristine blue ocean, rolling green fjords, wild freshwater lakes, and wide open rugged valleys leading to blue ice glaciers.

You will learn skills that will make you feel a part of the land you walking on. Skills that go back hundreds of years and make you feel in tune with your surroundings.

Course skills

  • Making your own fish trap
  • Fish trapping
  • Carving a netting needle
  • Net making
  • Reindeer antler carving
  • Fish skin tanning (making leather)
  • Leatherwork
  • Meat preservation (smoking and drying)
  • Foraging
  • Glacier hiking
  • Camp out on the fjords
  • Cold water swimming
  • Learning different ways of bush cooking

Cost: £1,830
Dates: 3rd-10th August

Please contact me for more information.

The Highlander

Join me and Patrick of Backwoods Survival School for an exciting and challenging 5-day course in the spectacular northern wilderness! This course will be held in the magnificent Cairngorms mountains, set amongst atmospheric ancient Caledonian Pines and birch woodlands adjacent to a beautiful freshwater loch.

You will begin your course with a short hike, navigating through the wonderful Scottish landscape, foraging along the way. When you reach the loch, you will be tasked with building a raft to transport you along with your kit across to the base camp.

Once there, you will learn the skills & crafts of the ancients in a unique environment. It will be an action-packed 5 days where you will learn a wide range of skills, including:

  • Fire Craft
  • Wild game butchery & primitive cooking skills
  • Foraging
  • Coiled containers & bark craft
  • Fishing techniques & net making
  • Natural shelter construction
  • Raft building
  • Fish skin tanning
  • and much more…

Course duration: Fri – Tue
Number of students: 5 – 10
Cost: £600
Dates: 9th-14th September

Please contact me to book.

Traditional Skills

You need to contact me to book these courses as the time, cost and equipment vary according to the group size and I will adapt the program to suit you

  • Hiking and foraging, identifying plants and trees that have culinary, medicinal and traditional uses
  • Looking at wood and natural tinders for traditional fire lighting techniques, including the bow drill, carving and tool making
  • Shelter building, sleeping in the shelter, sourcing and purifying water, and cooking a foraged meal
  • Skinning, butchering and skin preservation, including the tanning and making of soft leather

Duration: 1-3 days
Dates:  Courses run from April - October

Please contact me for more information.