I run Traditional Skills courses in the Cairngorms National Park working closely with the John Muir Trust, Wilderness Scotland, Rothiemurchus Estate, Alladale Estate, and Spirit & Spice

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: Click Below

Book this course here (Backwoods Survival)

Fish Skin Tanning

Come and learn a unique skill of turning a waste product into a useful and usable piece of leather using our own Scottish salmon skins. You will learn an ancient method of preserving, softening and tanning and you will go home with your own hand-tanned piece of salmon leather and a starter kit to continue the process at home.

Duration: 1-2 days
Maximum group size: 8
Cost: £100 pp/pd
Due to Covid 19, please get in touch with me to chat about dates

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
Due to Covid 19, please get in touch with me to chat about dates