Island Survival Weekend,
West Coast of Scotland
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.
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)
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