14 Day Expedition Summer Camp


Saturday 24 July – Friday 6 August 2021

For 14 to 17-year-olds

Based around a series of grand expeditions in the mountains and on the sea, surviving overnight on an island, beach day on golden sands, a traditional local Highland Games and culminating with an expedition to Cape Wrath.

A summer camp with three expeditions exploring the mountains and coast of the north-west Highlands of Scotland.

Spend 14 days here at Ardmore with up to 35 other motivated young people from all over the world.

Shared experiences with new friends of your own age, led by our young, enthusiastic and friendly instructors.

This summer camp has been running since 1969.

A 14-day expedition team as the sun sets on Sandwood Bay

The 14 Day Summer Camp includes…

Mountain Expedition

Three days and two nights of wild camping traversing the shattered quartzite ridges of Foinaven and Arkle.

We set off in the afternoon to gain some height before the first wild camp.   Work in small teams of eight or nine based on your age with different routes for different age group teams.

Traverse the mountain on the middle day of the expedition wild camping again in stunning locations.

Return through a remote network of small hill lochs and rocky outcrops all the way to the Adventure School.


Survival skills in preparation for the island

Forage for tinder, kindling and driftwood on the seashore and learn to light a fire with a striking flint.

Collect edible seafood and plants from around the shore and learn how to cook them.

Practice building shelters from old yacht sails and small tarps ready for ‘survival island’.

Rock climbing and abseiling

Our climbing crag sits on the hilltop above the Adventure School.

Different grades of climbs to challenge everyone, and an abseil from the top of the crag to the ground below.

Sea Kayaking Expedition

Exploring the sheltered coves and bays of Loch Laxford and experiencing the gentle swells on the open ocean, with a night of wild camping on remote beaches and in rocky coves.

We pack up the sea kayaks with our kit and food rations and head off.

The sea loch is full of wildlife and we work our way into Loch Laxford and out to the open ocean coastline beyond.

Watch the sunset from a headland and enjoy a driftwood fire on the shore.

Sea fishing and then landing on 'survival island'

Boarding our workboats we head into Loch Laxford to fish for mackerel which can be added to supplies for ‘survival island’.   After a final briefing you and your team will be dropped on an uninhabited island to survive together overnight, sleeping under yacht sails and cooking your fish and foraged rations on open fires.

Independence and responsibility without the input or intervention of our instructors.


Young people in camp as the light fades on survival island

Beach day on golden sands

A day of body boarding, swimming and beach games on the golden sands of Oldshoremore.

A chance to relax, have fun and reflect before the final expedition.

Lobster creels and the Atlantic rowing boat

We’ll lift creels from the sea to look at crabs and lobsters.

Stopping at Ardmore we see John Ridgway’s 1966 Atlantic rowing boat and Rebecca’s Cape Horn sea kayak and hear the stories of those great expeditions.

Sandwood Bay and Cape Wrath Expedition

Heading into some of the remotest terrain in the UK as we head from Ardmore towards Cape Wrath, the most north-westerly point on the mainland, and through Sandwood Bay.

This is the final expedition of the summer camp.   Three days and two nights in beautiful places along the coast, with your team of friends.

Thank you for the best few weeks of my life so far and that is no exaggeration. I have returned exhausted but with friends all around the world and a will for adventure in the wild. You have given me memories that I will cherish for life and have inspired me to do things that I never thought of doing.


New friends from all over the world

The summer camp is a great opportunity to make new friends from all over the world.

For international students it is a brilliant way to practice your spoken English.

The summer camp meets the Residential requirements for the Gold Duke of Edinburgh Award.

Family feel

The summer camps have a family feel, we all eat together, with good home cooked food.

The whole experience is shared with our team of friendly and fully trained instructors.

Rebecca and Mark run the summer camp personally.

Our longest running course

The first course at Ardmore in 1969 was a two week summer camp for young people from all over the world.  

Now, 50 years later, this same course has welcomed the sons and daughters of many original course participants.

How to book

If you wish to enquire about availability please email me, Rebecca, at [email protected] or call on +44 1971 521006

If places are available, I will email a booking form as soon as possible.

All summer camp prices include return coach transport from Inverness Airport to Ridgway Adventure. This meets our recommended flights, please see Travel information page.

Date and Price for 2021

Course DatesPrice
Saturday 24 July – Friday 6 August 2021£1420

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