Step into the wild! Come and learn the ways of our Highlander ancestors
8 Days all inclusive, including 2-days with Primal Bushcraft learning the practical skills used to survive in the harsh Scottish environment
Specialist support to build resilience and improve independent living skills
Your adventure package includes
- 8-days/7-nights staying in a shared room within a Forest Lodge at Badaguish
- Private minibus transport, including travel to and from your trip
- 2-days Highlander Survival Skills course delivered by Primal Bushcraft
- 1-day cycling with Able 2 Adventures
- 1-half-day skiing delivered by DSUK
- 1-day of Raft Building with Craggan Outdoors
- 1-half-day quad biking with Quad Treks Aviemore
- All meals will be prepared and cooked on site by our own private chef from 305
- 24/7 specialist support workers from Edge Autism
Badaguish Forest Lodges, Aviemore
Badaguish is a place where you can explore and develop new and exciting skills in safety, amidst the beautiful forest and mountain scenery of the Cairngorms National Park in the Scottish Highlands.
Accommodation includes a large, accessible, comfortably furnished open plan area, satellite TV and DVD player, fully equipped kitchen, 6-bedrooms, 5 bathrooms over 2 floors.
Depart Monday 15th August 2022
- Depart: Edge, Musselburgh 11.30
- Arrive: Aviemore 15.00
Return Monday 22nd August 2022
- Depart: Aviemore 10.00
- Arrive: Edge, Musselburgh 13.30
**Self-travel to Edge Adventures is essential
Aviemore is a year round destination with climbing, watersports and cycling the main summer draw. Badaguish Forest Lodges are our official partners and you will be staying in a magnificent 12-bed lodge, with exclusive use of the activity hall, and access to their dedicated sports arena and old bothy BBQ hut - a great place to cook marshmallows over an open fire. Activities include Highlander Survival Skills course, cycling, skiing, raft-building and quad-biking on this adventure.
Come join us in the stunning Cairngorms.
Your highland adventure begins. Meet your staff at Edge in Musselburgh, load up the buses and head off to your Aviemore Lodge. All that’s left to do today is settle in, get to know your fellow adventurers, grab some dinner and get ready for the exciting adventures ahead.
Highlander Survival Skills
The Primal Bushcraft Highlander Survival course is the first of its kind in the UK. On this 2-day 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.
- 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
The Cairngorms has an incredible network of trails, right on our doorstep at Badaguish. Do not worry if you cannot ride a 2-wheel bicycle, Able 2 Adventure has mountain trikes, tandems and hand cycles. We will visit the famous Loch an Eileen or ride into a mountain bothy on your trike at Ryvoan Pass.
This will be an active day, but there will be lots of stopping to check out the scenery - this is not a race. We will have a picnic en-route (supplied by Kenny from 305). There are a number of accessible toilets that can be planned into your ride on route or can act as the start/finish point. Instructors are trained in track side repairs and are Level 2 Mountain Bike Trail Leaders
Learn To Ski
You will be skiing (learning to ski) in your teams. One team will go out in the AM and one in the PM. The first day is all about meeting your instructors. DSUK will decide whether we ski on snow or on the dry slope, depending entirely on the Scottish weather. The Cairngorm Mountain resort is located on Scotlands’ 6th highest mountain offering unforgettable snow sports and picturesque panoramic views.
Lessons: you will receive one lesson per day either in the morning or afternoon (depending on your team). Lessons will last approximately two hours and will be provided by DSUK Instructors. You will be working towards your "UK Snowlife Ski Award" certificate.
There are a limited number of snowboarding instructors, so if you would like to snowboard please highlight this at the time of booking with Edge Adventures.
Hairy coos and possibly red squirrels!
Join us for an inspiring outdoor adventure. Our quad bike treks follow a network of tracks and off-road trails through the magnificent ancient pine woodland and across the heather moorland of this traditional Highland estate with spectacular views of the surrounding mountain landscape.
Look out for the estate’s herd of long-horned Highland cows with the chance of seeing wild deer and other local wildlife along the way. The treks are led by experienced and fully trained professional guides who are happy to stop at particularly impressive viewpoints and indicate areas of special interest. There are plenty of photo opportunities – don’t forget to bring a camera!
There will be a 10.30am and a 1.30pm treks - you will be taken out in your group.
The ingredients are very simple….you and your group, use some plastic drums, long wooden poles and lots of lengths of rope….and of course the water. Your group will be split into two or three teams, depending upon overall numbers, and then under guidance from your instructor each team gets to design and build their raft. Is it going to be something fairly standard, or do you fancy trying something a little different? What’s going to float best? What’s going to prove fastest on the water?
Once built it’s time to take to the water and test it for ‘seaworthiness’. With all participants kitted out with buoyancy aid, helmet and of course a paddle each, the weight of all team members on the raft and a few test paddles will soon give the answer. If needs be then there will be time and opportunity for any technical adjustments.
Then the competitive spirit takes over and the teams are off and racing to see who gets bragging rights as top raft builders and racers!
It's A Wrap!
Don't cry because it's over. Smile because it happened.
Load the bus and head home after breakfast.
Badaguish Forest Lodges
Accommodation in twin rooms: Maximum occupancy: 2 Adults **This may change dependent on final numbers.
All bedding is included.
By private minibus, in your allocated teams
Experienced instructors for all outdoor activities
All outdoor equipment is provided. Please let Edge know at time of booking if you intend to bring your own equipment.
ALL food - breakfasts, lunches, dinner and snacks. Our personal caterer from 305 can discuss any specific sensitivities or needs prior to leaving home.
There will be a tuck shop supplied by 305, if you would like to buy snacks and drinks that are not included in your meal plans.
Edge Autism staffing for EIGHT days (Staff will be available 9.00am - 10.00pm every day) A Senior Manager will be on every trip and will be available 10.00 - 4.00pm Mon-Fri.
24/7 cover - travellers must be able to self-care overnight - staff are on hand in separate accommodation if required
1:3 staff ratio as standard, please discuss with Edge at time of booking if this is not sufficient.
What's not included
You must have your own spending money.
We would encourage you to have your own travel insurance.
As required under UK law at the time of booking – we will advise you of all changes to ensure you stay up to date.
Everyone packs for their adventures differently but as a guide we would recommend you pack "light" and you use a website like:
Remember - we will be outdoors (most of the time) make sure you have plenty of warm, layers and waterproof clothing, including hats, gloves and scarves.
You will need to bring towels (bedding is included but towels are not)
Aviemore is a bustling town and if you do forget anything, there are lots of places to buy what you need.
We are happy to help if you need more information - just call our booking team on 0131 285 8930.
Want to join us in Aviemore?
Come with us, meet new friends and join the adventure at Badaguish!
You can book online or get in touch with our team who will be happy to chat through any questions you might have