Primal Highlander Survival Skills
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 2020 as we bring history to life in the stunning Cairngorm mountains.
What you need to know
- 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
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
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
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)
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 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.
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.
Primal Advanced Fire Skills
Building fires is an essential part of Bushcraft and Survival Training, giving warmth, protection, light and sustenance.
In this hands-on course you'll learn how to build fires from scratch, with only your skills at hand.
Bushcraft & Survival Day
Our 1 day Bushcraft and Survival Course is a great way to learn the outdoor basics.
Using our natural surroundings you will learn valuable skills in bushcraft and survival techniques in a safe environment.
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