Our senior school courses are designed specifically to your age group and their prior experience. We want to stretch and challenge the young people that come to us and make the very most of the incredible landscape that we have here.
The course content below gives you a feel for what we can achieve with a senior school group over six days.
As we drop off the western end of the massive we camp again, amongst the maze of hill lochans and rocky outcrops that fill the void between the mountains and the sea.
Walking back to the adventure school the following morning completes the expedition – put down as a visible benchmark of challenge and achievement. It forms the backdrop of everything else we will do during the week.
Five climbs and an abseil on the ancient rocky outcrop on the hilltop above the Adventure School. Routes of differing heights and difficulty to challenge all abilities. Learn to manage the ropes for your team.
Collect tinder, kindling and driftwood from the shoreline. Learn to light a fire with striking flints and manage it for cooking. Forage for wild foods from the seashore to cook and eat, and learn to build shelters from old yacht sails. Vital skills training before ‘survival island’.
We’ll head across the sea loch to Ardmore to see John Ridgway’s 1966 Atlantic rowing boat and Rebecca’s 1992 Cape Horn sea kayak.
Using our two workboats, Argo and Victoria, we’ll head into Loch Laxford to lift lobster creels or fish with landlines, depending on the season.
A chance to relax and reflect on the week. Bodyboarding and beach games on the golden sands at Oldshoremore.
My association with Ardmore goes back a number of years. Apart from the wilderness and unique beauty of the place, every person who has been there has returned a changed person. Why? Because there is a breadth of experience offered, which allows young people to learn in a few days what might normally take many years. A few days, a week, perhaps a month defines a person for life. Once you have been, you are compelled to return again and again.Nick Haddock MBE MA, former Headmaster, St. John’s, Leatherhead
St John’s School Leatherhead have come to us for 11 consecutive years with a mixed group of 4th and Lower 5th pupils (14-16 year olds). Their course is designed to stretch the pupils, drawing out inner strengths and skills and giving opportunity for peer leadership.
The experiences on the mountain and on ‘survival island’ are reviewed as a team with Mark and Rebecca. Lessons learned in this environment are applicable in any walk of life and the school staff who come with the pupils see it as no coincidence that the young people who come to us go on to hold positions of responsibility in later years at the school.
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