Join us on our adventure island for an epic weekend of wilderness living and adventure experiences.
Primal Family Weekend
Embrace and get a feel for the outdoors with our 2-day family-oriented Survival course. This is the course for families who want to share an amazing experience whilst learning and exploring together.
Primal Family Weekend
About this course
There’s nothing better than getting the whole family out into the great outdoors for a weekend of adventure. What better way than to learn new skills together, bonding away from iPad’s and computers and re-connecting with each other in a relaxed and natural environment.
Come and learn the skills of our Primal ancestors at Duncarron Medieval Fort in an area of outstanding natural beauty.
During your family weekend, we have activities for all the family including archery, commando training skills for the kids, tracking walks and much much more.
The course starts at 10:00 on Saturday and we aim to have you away by mid-afternoon the following day. You will have the opportunity to make your own improvised shelter but tents are welcome.
What you need to know
A delicious lunch, dinner and breakfast.
Tasty hot beverages throughout the day.
The principles of survival, and survival mindset.
Fire lighting using Friction and other methods.
Improvised shelter building.
Improvised cooking skills.
Improvised cooking methods.
Signaling and Navigation.
Knife safety and cutting skills.
In depth foraging lesson.
A night under the stars in your own survival shelter.
All equipment will be provided for this course.
Depending on weather, it's sensible to come in clothes suitable for possibly wet and muddy conditions.
Please save your money and do not buy expensive kit. The more you know, the less you need to carry.
Suitable outdoor clothing (see below)
Sleeping bag with gortex bivvy bag or similar
Insulated sleeping mat
Knife, fork, spoon, mug, bowl and plate
Water bottle (1 litre mineral water bottle will do)
Torch with fresh batteries & spares
Wash kit & towel
Personal toiletries & medication (to include toilet paper, sunscreen, insect repellent and lip salve)
Tea or Coffee + whitener
Small first aid kit (plasters, bandages, headache pills etc.)
Spare change of clothing
Camera + Notebook + pen (optional)
Outdoor clothing should be tough and comfortable. Wearing several thin layers is better than a few thick layers. A waterproof jacket and several sweatshirts underneath are sufficient. Jeans should not be worn, as they are slow to dry, clinging and cold. Natural colours or camouflage will give you a better chance of spotting wildlife. Walking boots are ideal, but wellies in wet weather and trainers in dry weather will suffice.
Please pack your torch, antibacterial wipes/soap and insect repellent at the top of your bag.
The Outdoor First Aid course covers the long-term care of casualties in remote settings. The course may be of particular use to those working in the outdoor industry and corporations in extreme environments.
Come and learn the ways of our Highlander ancestors. From surviving in mountainous conditions and wild forests to hunting and fighting styles, our Highland ancestors were masters of self-resilience.
Build confidence in your own survival skills in a fun and safe environment
We work to the highest standards of safety and professionalism
Stories to remember
Take home memories and a renewed appreciation for the outdoors