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Loch Laggan Adventure

We are delighted to offer this truly memorable adventure in the stunning Scottish Highlands where you can join us on a 4-day trip of a lifetime! Here, you will have the unique opportunity to explore the stunning scenery and remote areas of the Loch Laggan region in our open Canadian canoes.

Whilst on our adventure you will be taken on a complete hiking experience to some of the nearby peaks which are surrounded with dramatic scenery and some of the UK’s finest views!

Our experienced instructors will deliver sessions on the fascinating and essential techniques in survival, bushcraft and wilderness skills which you will be able to put into practice throughout the trip. This may be something completely new to you giving you a brand new set of skills or it may be an opportunity to brush-up on or add to your existing knowledge. There really is something to be gained for everyone!

The Loch Laggan Adventure is a great event which is suitable for all skill levels, however a general level of fitness will be required to take part in some aspects of this event.

Start: 9am on the Thursday

Finish: 11am on the Sunday

Location: Creag Meagaidh, Scotland

Day 1

Course participants will meet with the other team members and SOS instructors at the National Nature Reserve car park for Creag Meagaidh – vehicles can be left here. Weather permitting, we will be canoeing on the first day. Our base camp for the event is just a short walk from the reserve car park and you will be shown to the camp site, we will pack the paddling kit and our adventure will begin. Over the course of the day, we will paddle to the North end of the Loch and up the River Pattack, the scenery here is stunning! On the Southern side of the Loch, you will see the Adverikie Estate House which was used for the filming of the BBC series, The Monarch of The Glen. We will stop for a lunch break on route where we will cover some paddling skills on the water and begin to learn about navigation. There are numerous fantastic views to take in such as the surrounding peaks and the ruins on the Loch’s Island. When we arrive at base camp, we will set up our sleeping arrangements and begin looking at some bushcraft skills such as using cutting tools safely and efficiently followed by prepping and enjoying our evening meal.

Day 2

On the morning of day two, after breakfast, we will be packing our kit for a day hiking into some of the nearby peaks surrounding Creag Meagaidh. You will get to see beautiful views of the Loch and surrounding hills. There is a vast range of wildlife in this region, we often see red deer and lots of bird life including golden eagles. Whilst on our walk we will look at navigation skills: reading a map; using a compass; safety in remote areas and dealing with emergencies. In the afternoon we will head back to camp and prepare our evening meal and begin a wood carving project around the campfire – wood carving projects usually include spoons, spatulas, and mallet & peg sets.

The Navigation Session will include you being taught the following:

  • How to use a map and compass efficiently
  • How to set a map
  • Understanding key features
  • Reading the terrain
  • How to take a bearing
  • How to pace
  • How to time
  • Handrailing and using catchment features
  • How to give a grid reference, and more…

Day 3

This will be a skills-based day where we will begin with a thorough session on fire lighting including fire by friction. We will teach you how to light a fire in any weather conditions just by using the materials around you. We will be looking at how to find and make safe water for use, finding direction without a compass, a talk on foraging and Game preparation. On the afternoon of day 3 we like to give everybody a few hours to themselves to do with what they want, this may be used to relax and take in the scenery, you may want to do a bit more paddling, more walking and exploring or any skills you would like to develop then we will use this time to help you out.

Day 4

After Breakfast we will have a search and rescue scenario where we will look at methods of how to deal with emergencies in remote areas and signalling for help. A final session will be on leaving no trace before we leave camp. The Course will finish on Sunday morning at approx. 11.00am

Essentials:

  • Practical outdoor clothing for season
  • Waterproof bottoms and coat
  • Walking boots or similar
  • A lightweight pair of trainers or flip flops for the canoe trip that you do not mind getting wet.
  • A sleeping bag
  • Bivvy bag
  • Roll mat or inflatable mattress.
  • Mess tins, Billy can (a plate and bowl will do)
  • Knife, fork, and spoon also a mug or cup to drink from
  • A full water bottle 1 litre min (for drinking)
  • means to replenish water i.e., purification tablets or water filter.
  • A head torch and 2 spare sets of batteries
  • Insect repellent
  • Toothbrush/toothpaste
  • A whistle for emergencies
  • Anti-bacterial wipes
  • Hand sanitiser
  • Small first aid kit and any medication
  • Dry sack or plastic bags to keep all your kit dry.
  • A change of clothing, warm dry clothes to change into
  • OS map of Loch Laggan region no 393 1.25000 scale
  • a compass with 1 .25.000 scale
  • Small wash kit
  • Emergency snap light
  • Rubbish bag/s (you will be taking your own rubbish with you when bins are not available)
  • FOOD RATIONS (breakfast & lunch) for the duration of the course.

Non-Essentials:

  • A notebook and pencil
  • Camera
  • Tea or coffee for the duration
  • Additional snacks
  • Gas stove and gas are not essential, but we recommend bringing one if you have room for it

We will supply:

  • Canadian canoes
  • Paddles
  • Buoyancy aids
  • Group kit for sessions
  • Group shelter and tarps

PLEASE ONLY BRING WHAT YOU CAN COMFORTABLY CARRY.

Upon booking you will receive all the relevant information for your event via email. This will be to the email address provided upon booking. Please check your junk mail for this information.

Disclaimers

Due to H&S requirements, it is essential that disclaimers are completed and returned for each participant prior to your course date. Failure to complete the required disclaimer will result in you being unable to attend the course.

Photography

Any photographs or photography taken by the instructors during the course may be used by Serious Outdoor Skills in promotional material or advertising either printed or on the internet. If you do not wish to be present in any photographs, please let your instructor know upon arrival to your event.

Meals

Evening meals will be provided by Serious Outdoor Skills – you will be responsible for your own breakfast and lunch. Please bring any extra snacks if you wish. Serious Outdoor Skills will supply a campfire kettle as well as tea, coffee, milk, and sugar. Evening meals will usually consist of either of the following:

  • Thursday: stew and campfire flat-breads
  • Friday: vegetable stir-fry, noodles, and rice
  • Saturday: curry night

If you have any food allergies or would prefer to self-cater for evening meals, please email info@seriousoutdoorskills.co.uk to inform us of this.

Age Restrictions

Age 16+ *Must attend with a paying adult aged 18+

PLEASE NOTE: Trips will run weather permitting. Should our event need to be postponed for any reasons out of the control of Serious Outdoor Skills, as per our T&Cs, an alternative date will be available.

Q. Where do we meet for this event? Do you provide transport?

  • Participants will meet in the Creag Meagaidh Nature Reserve car-park.
  • Serious Outdoor Skills will not provide transport to or from the event.

 

Q. I have made a booking, but I have not received any information about my event.

  • An email containing all the course details will be sent to the email address provided upon booking. Please. ensure you have entered the correct email address.
  • Please check your junk/spam folder as the email may have been sent there.
  • If you have still not received the course details, please email info@seriousoutdoorskills.co.uk

 

Q. I have booked a date I can no longer attend, what are my options?

 

Q. My event was postponed due to adverse weather, what happens now?

  • Due to the nature of our business, events may be postponed if it is deemed unsafe to run due to adverse weather. In this instance, you will be offered an alternative date to attend your event.

 

Q. What happens if my event is postponed because of Covid-19?

  • Option 1) You will be provided with a credit note which will be valid for 18 months.
  • Option 2) You will be offered an alternative date, providing availability.
  • Option 3) You will be provided with a refund.
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