Island Survival Weekend,

West Coast of Scotland

Escape the island by hand built raft
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Island Survival in the Highlands

Spend the weekend stranded on a small wooded island on the West Coast of Scotland!


Immerse yourself in the wild landscape, in one of the most beautiful parts of the Scottish Highlands, while learning elements of survival specific to islands. Test your ability to survive with limited resources, sourcing your own drinking water and foraging for wild food on the shore, with guidance from an experienced, friendly instructor who lives in the area year-round. 


You will learn core survival techniques in a small group, with emphasis on responsible use of the natural resources available. Conditions permitting, we finish the course by building a raft to leave the island.

Learning Outcomes

Here are some of the key skills you will learn:

  • marine foraging - shellfish, seaweeds and fishing

  • water sourcing and preparation including desalination

  • fire lighting with sparks and friction (bow-drill technique)

  • how to signal for help - reflection, whistles, ground to air, signal fires

  • tidal cycles and flows

  • finding shelter using natural features and materials

  • understanding the sustainability of resources

  • utilising beach-combed items

  • raft building - to leave the island (sea and weather conditions allowing)

More Details

Price: £180 per person

Location: Moidart, 35 miles west of Fort William.


Duration: 2 full days - starts 19.00 on Friday evening; ends 15:00 on Sunday.

Group size: usually 5-8 people - we keep groups small to minimise our impact on the pristine environments in which we work.

Facilities: overnight wild camping - sleeping in natural shelters or under group tarp. Drinking water, basic provisions, fish and foraged food will be available. NB unless you need additional food for health reasons you are requested not to bring any.

What to bring: course-specific kit list

Upcoming Dates​


"The island was stunning! Enjoyed learning how to use all the necessary tools for survival, these are skills we now aim to develop.  The cakes upon our return from the island were also excellent!


I can't emphasise how much of a great teacher Leon is - it was refreshing. He allowed us time to discover the skills he'd taught us, and delivered everything without judgement, even when we were brand new to the idea of survival".  - Emily R.




from £80

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