Primal Highlander Survival Skills

  • DURATION
    Three days
  • LOCATION
    Cairngorm National Park
  • GROUP SIZE
    Up to 10 people
  • ACCOMMODATION
    On-site
  • ANNUAL LEAVE
    One day
  • DIFFICULTY
    Intermediate

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About this course

Our Primal Highlander Survival course is the first of its kind in the UK. On this course we will look into the history of our Highland ancestors and learn the practical skills they used to survive in the harsh Scottish environment. From clothing to foraging, Gaelic plant name and uses, food preparation, weapons, archery and fighting styles and much more.

There will be 2 overnight camps on this course.  The course starts on 9.30am on day 1, and ends around 1pm on day 3.  On receipt of booking, location and course details will be sent out.

Join us in 2021 as we bring history to life in the stunning Cairngorm mountains.

What you need to know

What's included

  • All equipment.
  • All meals.
  • Tasty hot beverages throughout the day.
  • The principles of survival, and survival mindset.
  • Fire lighting using Friction and other methods.
  • Improvised shelter building.
  • Wild foods, flora, and fauna.
  • Improvised cooking methods.
  • An appreciation of Highland Survival

What's not included

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.

KIt LIST


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
Tarp or Tent.
Knife, fork, spoon, mug, bowl and plate
Water bottle (1 litre mineral water bottle will do)
Torch with fresh batteries & spares
Wash kit & towel
Gardening Gloves
Whistle
Personal toiletries & medication (to include toilet paper, sunscreen, insect repellent and lip salve)
Antibacterial wipes/soap
Tea or Coffee + whitener
Small first aid kit (plasters, bandages, headache pills etc.)
Spare change of clothing
Camera + Notebook + pen (optional)
Tick remover (tick hooks or tweezers) (optional)


Highlander Equipment (Optional)

If you have your own Plaid (Great Kilt) or small kilt or any clothing/ equipment of the time period, feel free to bring them along, but also bring modern clothing in case of bad weather.

Outdoor clothing

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.

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Why  Primal?

Epic adventures

Build confidence in your own survival skills in a fun and safe environment

Experienced Experts

We work to the highest standards of safety and professionalism

Stories to remember

Take home memories and a renewed appreciation for the outdoors

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