DAY 1 – Thursday
Your highland adventure begins. Meet your staff at Edge in Musselburgh, load up the buses and head off to your Aviemore wigwam. 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.
After dinner, it is time for team games, or chill-out in your wigwam, get some ‘down’ time.
DAY 2 – Friday
AM: Mini Highland Games
Half-Day activity for all
Our Highland Games offers a nod to Scottish culture in the form of a great bit of team fun. You’ll be split into two or more ‘clans’ which will then compete across four events.
Try your hand at the caber toss, remembering that it’s not all about distance, but also about the quality and accuracy of your toss in keeping the caber aligned and hopefully turning through 180 degrees. Support your team-mates as they hold the shot in hand and drive up from the legs to power it out to the furthest distance possible. And thirdly, it’s not quite an authentic Highland Games event, but it’s great fun nonetheless…..how far can you ‘wang’ the welly? Plus we’ll throw in a few little extra twists along the way to keep the humour levels high.
The event then finishes in the traditional way of all Highland Games with a tug-o-war to see which clan is the ultimate champion. We can guarantee that it’ll get everybody’s competitive juices flowing, and that there will be plenty of laughs along the way. If you come prepared to be daft and have fun & don’t take yourself and life too seriously, then this is a great craic.
Archery is great fun and the majority of people can demonstrate an aptitude for archery when they get the chance to try it. The range of recurve bows are suited for use by anybody from an 8-9 year old through to the largest adult. We use shatter-proof aluminium arrows, and provide protective arm guards and finger tabs. All we ask of you is that ideally you wear a long sleeve top.
It is also worth noting that one of our two ranges is accessible by vehicle right to the firing line, and with archery being a popular sport with wheelchair users and those with other disabilities, we’d suggest this as one of the most accessible of outdoor activities.
This will be led by a qualified Archery Instructor who will teach you the basics and then give plenty of time to practice, before going into a series of games that will let you put that new found ability to use in a fun and competitive environment
Disc golf is played like traditional golf, but instead of a ball & clubs, using a disc (frisbee). The disc is thrown from a tee to the ‘hole’, a specially designed basket that catches the disc. The disc golf course is set alongside the main golf course, & comprises nine holes, & can be played as a round of 9 or 18 holes.
Dinner: BBQ dinner in the bothy and ‘night hide ‘n’ seek’ around Badaguish.
DAY 3 – Saturday
Get ready for an energetic and adrenaline-fuelled morning of paintball warfare. 100% natural purpose-designed and built ‘battlefield’ is set amongst the Scots Pine forests of the Cairngorms National Park, just minutes from Aviemore.
You will be split into ‘clans’ and then play out a number of different game scenarios over a 2-3 hour period. Who will prove to be the bravest? Who’s the most tactically astute? Who’s a crack shot sniper? Who’s just a sitting duck? And for Edge groups, not forgetting the ‘leader’ hunt!
All safety equipment, the gun and an initial supply of 200 paintballs are included.
Dinner: Take-away pizza in the staff lodge
DAY 4 – Sunday
Hairy coos and possibly red squirrels!
THIS ACTIVITY IS RATED 5 STARS – 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!
Pony-Trekking **This is dependent on weather – we have a plan B.
Meet your pony at the Stables and ride through the beautiful countryside which is part of the Cairngorm National Park. This is an ideal ride, where you can learn the basics of riding in a friendly environment and understand the ‘ Highland’ pony as a breed, its uses and the characters at the stables.
This ride is ideal for participants who have little or no riding experience. The ride is on quiet trails through fields and pinewood with no roads. We offer different rides to suit all levels of ability. Please read the individual terms and conditions and note the level of experience required – this is an important requirement to ensure that everyone has the best experience possible and that our riders are safe at all times.
We aim to use pedigree Highland ponies due to their hardy and strong nature as well as their kind temperament. We also have a Shetland/Exmoor cross pony and a Dartmoor pony to allow us to take smaller riders. We are a very friendly team, both human and equine, and have rides going out all year round (weather dependant) tailored by ability.
Protective headgear provided.
PARTICIPANTS TO TAKE
Wear suitable outdoor clothing & sturdy shoes with a small heel.
No previous experience required. However, all riders need to be fit and active enough to mount and dismount unaided.
WEIGHT & DISCLAIMER
MAX 16 stone (100 kg)
Arrive back at the wigwams in the late afternoon for a well-deserved break, enjoy the stunning scenery, have a shower, change into warm, dry clothes.
Dinner: Pot stew in the staff lodge, prepared by Speyside kitchen. Dependent on weather get around the campfire in the bothy – **Smores** anyone? Bad weather – no worries – team games and banter!
DAY 5 – Monday
Don’t cry because it’s over. Smile because it happened.
Load the bus and head home after breakfast.