The Details

THE DETAILS

The adventure school, on the shores of Loch A Chadh-Fi, is the home to all our school courses.   With schools of 30+ pupils you will have Ridgway Adventure all to yourselves.   Read on for details on travelling to us, accommodation, food and safety.

Accommodation

A collection of Norwegian-style wooden cabins are clustered just yards from the seashore.

The main building with its distinctive red roof houses the main living and dining room, a number of comfy bunk rooms, boys and girls loos and showers and separate bathroom facilities for teachers.

A handful of outer cabins have further bunk room space, separate living space for our staff team, a drying room for kit and clothing and a large kit store and workshop.

A bunk room in one of the outer wooden cabins.

Travel

Our school courses start when you arrive on Saturday and schools depart after an early breakfast on the following Friday morning.

We have school teams coming to us from all over the UK. Many fly to Inverness from airports in the south of England. Some travel by coach from Scotland and the north of England. Others travel by train to Inverness or night sleeper service from London Euston.

It is possible to board a flight in London at 9.30am and be swimming in the sea loch with us by 2.30pm.

Rebecca can talk you through all the different options if this is your first time coming to the Highlands. For teams arriving at Inverness Airport or train station we can arrange for a coach to meet you for the two hour journey from Inverness to Ridgway Adventure.

Fly

Easyjet have several flights a day from Luton, Gatwick and Bristol, with BA operating flights from Heathrow.

Inverness Airport is a small modern airport. It is easy to manage a group through arrivals and departures there.

Flying time is between 1 and 1.5 hours.

Coach

We have been using an Inverness-based coach company for over 20 years.

Typically they collect our groups arriving in Inverness but they also collect groups for us from St Andrews and Sheffield, and have even brought a team from Hampshire.

Train

The Scotrail Caledonian Sleeper service, which leaves London Euston in the evening and arrives in to Inverness at breakfast time the following morning, provides another option.

They have carriages with reclining seats, or twin berths that can be shared by pupils.

Food

Pupils start the day with a good breakfast of cereal or porridge, bacon and eggs or similar, toast and jam and a mug of hot tea.

It is important that pupils want to eat their packed lunches, as they need the essential energy when on the top of a mountain or out kayaking.  So, after breakfast, we make our own sandwiches, choosing from cheese and pickle, ham, tuna or egg mayonnaise, honey, marmite, cucumber and salad.   Homemade flap jack or pack of biscuits and fresh fruit each day.

Breakfast at the Adventure School

Supper is a two-course set meal, either homemade soup and main course with vegetables and salad or a main course and pudding. 

Some of our favourites include tomato soup, lasagne, mango chicken curry, locally caught fish pie, sticky toffee pudding and apple crumble.   

We like to treat teachers to something special when the pupils are on survival island.

The kitchen is at the heart of the Adventure School.  We cook everything in our own kitchen at the Adventure school.  No pre-prepared ready meals or deep fat fryers.  We eat as we would like to in our own home.

Pupils help us to lay the table, clear away and dry-up as part of a rota of duties and often with music playing in the kitchen.

We have a nut free kitchen and can cater for most dietary requirements.


Safety

Safety is of paramount importance and the outdoors is not without risk.

We have robust risk assessments and operating procedures in place. These are constantly reviewed, and our staff are suitably trained and qualified to make dynamic decisions in our remote environment. Rebecca, and her parents before her, have been operating an adventure school here for over 50 years without serious incident.

We expect a lot of the young people that come to us on courses with their schools.   During the week as pupils become more familiar with our environment, we give them more responsibility and independence.   We teach them how to identify hazards and act accordingly.   In this way they become better at decision making for themselves and can be given a carefully crafted level of freedom to create their own experiences on Survival Island.

A ‘participation and risk’ statement relevant to your individual summer camp/course is included as part of the booking form and it is important that young people and their parents read and understand this.

Our staff

Our staff hold professional qualifications administered by Mountain Training UK and British Canoeing as well as undergoing a two week familiarisation and training process with Mark and Rebecca before the start of the season.

We complete background checks on all of our staff through the Disclosure Scotland PVG scheme.

Adventure Activities Licensing Authority

Ridgway Adventure Ltd is registered with the Adventure Activities Licensing Authority as licensed by them to provide specified activities under the following headings: Climbing, Trekking and Watersports.

Our licence details can be confirmed by calling the Licensing Service on 029 2075 5715 or you can click to view our entry on the online Register of License Holders. License number R1116.


Life around the Adventure School

Our days are busy, from the 7am run or swim to early evenings preparing for the following day or out camping. The ‘school’ though has a near constant buzz of fun and laughter, from mealtimes and duties through to sunset watching before bed.

The experience is immeasurable.   What an amazing return for your money.   I guarantee that each child will return home feeling ‘one foot higher’, well fed and with stories aplenty.   I have been taking school groups to RA for 15 years now. It’s the highlight of our year in the outdoors.  I arrive relaxed, confident in the knowledge that my pupils will gain so much and be inspired. I could write an essay on the quality of the flapjacks!

John Coull – George Watson’s College