Isle of Rum – Coastal Survival Expedition 2020
October 8 @ 2:00 pm - October 13 @ 1:00 am£99 – £595
NO Experience necessary. Age 16 and above. ( Younger guests can be accommodated if accompanied by an adult) Our approach to instructing is friendly and informative. This is by no means a test of endurance, although we may ask you to step out of your comfort zone from time to time.
After a short journey by ferry, we will arrive on a magical island of Rum. The island of Rum is home to just 24 people, approximately 40 square miles of beautiful wilderness lying just off the Western coast of Scotland. The island itself is the largest of the group of islands named the ‘Small Isles’. Rum is the core of a deeply eroded volcano, and evidence of this still exist geologically today.
As we wave goodbye to the ferry, the first thing you’ll realise is the beautiful sound of nature. Bird song and playful seals will be in Loch Scresort to welcome our arrival. Our adventure starts in Kinloch the main hamlet on the island where all of the residents live. Theirs a few facilities on the island, a local shop, café, the village Hall that doubles up as a visitor centre and a few little gift shops.
After taking some time to familiarise ourselves with the island we will then establish our Base camp for the weekend. Throughout this weekend we will teach you fundamental coastal survival skills in a practical and extremely beautiful environment. Over the next few days will become proficient in a variety of fishing skills. They will also be ample opportunity to practice various wilderness cookery methods (Depending on the success of your fishing traps of course!) Whilst on the island we will see in an abundance of wildlife. The island itself is home to a Deer research project. We will also have a very good chance of seeing Eagles, Wild Pony and Goats. Don’t forget to pack the binoculars as will spend a lot of time on ‘fin watch’ looking for the elusive Minke Whale, Otters and Seals.
Over the next 4 days, we will learn and practice the following Survival skills;
- Primitive Fire lighting
- Shelter making
- Emergency signalling
- Study maritime charts and tidal flows ( Very Important for our fishing traps)
- Various fishing techniques – Shallow and deep water
- Knife and Axe skills
- Knots and lines
- Wilderness cookery
- Preserving fish (Smoking)
- Coastal foraging
- Emergency procedures
Our final night on the island will be spent in a warm bed!
We will gather around the banquet table for our awards ceremony and have a feast from the ocean, all washed down with a Wee Dram. Please pack the most ridiculous shirt you own for this evenings occasion. What we have for dinner, will depend entirely on the success of your newly acquired fishing skills.
Included in the price;
- Return Minibus travel. Pickups in Skipton, The Lakes, Carlisle, Glasgow and Fort William.
- 1st Nights accommodation in Mallaig ( Bunkhouse or Guest House)
- The Final Nights accommodation on the island of Rum
- Breakfast and evening meals ** Only applicable when we are on the Island of Rum
- All Bushcraft tuition, guiding and instruction
- A certificate of attendance
- Return Ferry travel.
- All Bushcraft tools and materials
- Seafood Banquet and farewell dinner
We have flexible payment options available. Once your deposit is paid, your place is secured. We will offer continued support regarding Kit lists and equipment. Course itinerary and kit lists will be sent out once the deposit has been secured. **Armed forces and Emergency personal are entitled to a discount, please get in touch. **
The Minibus will depart Skipton at 2 pm on Thursday and will return in the early hours of Tuesday morning, usually, around 1 am.
Please Note: Our first evening together (Thursday) is spent in the Port town of Mallaig ( The departure point of our boat) We choose to travel up the night before so that staff and guests are adequately rested before embarking on the expedition. However, you are welcome to travel directly to Mallaig and meet us there Just an hour before the boat departs. (12 pm Friday)
Adverse weather: Due to the nature and remoteness of the island – weather can sometimes affect our travel to and from the island. YDB Will check with the ferry company a few days before departure, and we will constantly monitor the weather as we get closer to the departure date. We cannot accept any responsibility for disruption caused by poor weather. We reserve the right to cancel at short notice, should bad weather be imminent. However, this hasn’t affected us in the last 2 years.