Primal Castaway Experience
About this course
Come join us on our 43ft Yacht as we sail up the West coast of Scotland learning coastal survival and seamanship skills on our Primal Castaway course. The West coast of Scotland has some of the best sailing in the world with many isolated coves and uninhabited inlets for you to explore. Not to mention secluded beaches where you can spend the night under the stars with a roaring fire to keep you warm.
Sailing up the Kyles of Bute we will be spotting marine mammals with our specialised maritime equipment, learning seamanship skills and having the chance to sail the yacht. Visiting uninhabited islands you will learn coastal survival skills, foraging wild edibles and principles of survival. Sleep under the stars or spend a night in your own castle!
Then on our return enjoy the thrill of speeding back to port in our own high power speedboat!
The course starts at 9am on Day 1, and finishes around 4pm on Day 3, although this time may vary due to tide times.
What you need to know
All course safety, survival equipment, and meals will be provided.
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.
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 and on the boat, will suffice.
Please pack your torch, antibacterial wipes/soap and insect repellent at the top of your bag.
Waterproof jacket and trousers. (Essential items)
Warm hat and Gloves
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)
Headtorch with fresh batteries & spares
Wash kit & towel
Personal toiletries & medication (to include toilet paper, sunscreen, insect repellent and lip salve)
Tea or Coffee + whitener/Chocolate (Emergency rations for 24hrs)
Small first aid kit (plasters, bandages, headache pills etc.)
Spare change of clothing
Camera + Notebook + pen (optional)
24hr Emergency rations
Primal Hillwalking & Foraging
Hit the hills with our expert and certified guides.
Learn about the geography and geology of Scotland in all its splendour, and the many food-sources our ancestors relied upon to survive and thrive.
Primal Highlander Survival
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.
Primal Foraging & Fermenting
Join us at Duncarran Medieval Fort for a stroll in the grounds and surrounds.
Learn how to spot wild edibles and ferment your wild plants, then take part in our interactive cooking workshop.
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