Survival in the Highlands

Location: Scotland, United Kingdom
Price: £1,899 per person
Duration: 5 days

Survival in the Highlands is an intensive 5 day survival skills course which culminates in a challenging 36 hour expedition, putting your new found skills to the ultimate test. The course is delivered by a range of handpicked instructors who have been selected by Bear and his team of highly trained experts who have worked behind the scenes on various shows including Man V Wild/Born Survivor, Escape from Hell, Wild Weekends and Get Out Alive.

“So many people have asked me over the years where they can learn extreme, practical survival – the type that requires spirit, determination and the skills to self-rescue against the odds, in some of the harshest terrain around. So it is with great pride that we can now finally launch the Bear Grylls Survival Academy to be able to share some of these skills and what it really means to be able to look after yourself when the chips are down,” says Bear Grylls. “Oh, and it may hurt a little.” 


Bear Grylls Survival Academy, Survival in the Highlands takes place at Alladale Wilderness Reserve, Sutherland, Scottish Highlands and is a really tough, diverse location where it is likely you will experience four seasons in just one day.



The adventure begins at 5pm with a chance to meet your course leaders and fellow enrollees, and to ensure you have all the items on the Kit List. We will then move over rugged terrain by 4×4 vehicles to the Academy’s wilderness base camp. On arrival you will receive a safety brief, course brief and outline. You will then be issued with your personal training equipment and basic food rations.

Day 1

Day One includes a field physical training session, priorities of survival lecture and training on practical use of knots and improvised harnesses. After that we head out on the extreme mountain day. You will undertake navigation training and you’ll learn how to dynamically and safely ascend and descend cliff faces and difficult terrain using a variety of techniques, followed by an inspiring campfire survival lecture.

Day 2

You’ll be taken for a lesson in self-defense, self-preservation, primal instinct training and fire lighting preparation. The day continues with remote and improvised First Aid, followed by the practical use of snares, traps and drop out fishing lines. Then later, you’ll build your own emergency shelter, prepare and cook some exciting wilderness food and undertake a night navigation exercise. We then explore the art of sourcing, filtering and purifying water.

Day 3

Hopefully you’ll wake up dry and warm if you’ve built a good shelter! You’ll need to use your skills to make a fire from scratch, check the snare and drop lines. . . . have you caught anything for a ‘wilderness’ breakfast? Today continues with a stalking lecture and exercise, a river crossing training exercise and you will practice a range of techniques for crossing ravines and moving across, up and down difficult extreme terrain by use of rope climbing, tyrolean line and classic abseil techniques. The day concludes with prepping for the remote final 36 hour Final Exercise.

Day 4

Final Exercise… let’s just say you’ll be putting all your new found skills to good use!

Day 5

If you are successful then we have the final passing out parade and awarding of the BG Survival Academy certificates and knives.

Please note – all activities are weather dependent.

This overview of an average Highlands itinerary provides an insight into what you can expect from Bear Grylls Survival Academy. However, every course is different depending on the location, so this is just a guide!


As you would expect, the Bear Grylls Survival Academy is challenging both mentally and physically. So, in order to get the most out of the course, applicants should be fit and healthy.

Ask yourself these questions:

  • Am I active?
  • Can I hike or trek for one hour in trekking boots carrying a light 20lb daypack?
  • Am I a competent swimmer?
  • Am I determined?

If you have any questions about Health and Fitness for the course, please contact our BGSA team.


Please note, all of the clothing and equipment that you bring MUST be appropriate to the environment and the time of year; the items listed below are mandatory.

  • 2 pairs of robust mountain boot or similar with ankle support
  • Lightweight Trousers
  • Base layer, mid layer and outer
  • Thick Fleece or Duvet Jacket
  • Hat and Balaclava
  • 2 pairs of Gloves – 1 x waterproof & 1 x thin/active
  • Water and windproof trousers and jacket
  • Swimming shorts
  • Training shoes
  • Waterproof note book and pencil
  • Sunglasses
  • Sun Cream
  • Mosquito repellent
  • Casual clothes x 1 set
  • Wash bag/contents
  • Towel
  • Personal medication
  • Camera (in a waterproof case/bag)

…and a bag full of positive attitude!

The following kit will be issued to participants by the Academy for use for the duration of the course:

  • 4 seasons sleeping bag and liner
  • 40ltr ruck sack
  • Water proof ruck sack liner
  • Air mat
  • Head torch
  • Water Bottle, mug and spoon
  • Bear Grylls Gerber Knife

This course is strictly limited to just 10 participants and costs £1,899 (approx U$3,038) excluding flights and transfers. All meals and accommodation are included and a large amount of equipment is on loan for the duration of the course including: Knife, mug, sleeping bag and liner, sleeping mat, rucksack and liner, head torch, water bottle and all technical safety equipment. On completion of the course you will receive the coveted Bear Grylls Survival Academy badge and certificate, and your very own Bear Grylls Ultimate knife.

Survival in the Highlands takes place at Alladale Wilderness Reserve in Scotland.

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