Course Information

A journey like no other - do you have what it takes to survive?

"If you can find a path with no obstacles, it probably doesn’t lead anywhere!"
Bear Grylls
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Following the success of Bear’s TV shows, Man vs Wild & Running Wild, adventurers can now test themselves in the extreme Highlands of Scotland. This five-day intense survival course follows the same format of the TV shows. “Survive the Highlands” begins with a crash three-day course in Bears survival techniques and finishes with a 30-hour survival mountain journey. You will be pushed to the limit crossing difficult terrain in order to make your way back to civilisation. Do you have what it takes to complete the challenge!

Starting at base camp in the heart of the Highlands, you’ll be taught Bear’s survival techniques by instructors who have either worked alongside Bear on TV projects worldwide and who are adventurers, mountaineers, climbers and experts in their respective fields. This is an extreme environment like no other and perhaps one of the last remaining wilderness areas left in the UK. You will learn all the skills you have seen Bear deliver over the years including his priorities of survival, skinning and gutting, fire lighting and emergency shelter building. However, it’s not all about survival, self-rescue is one of Bear’s key priorities and you will also be taught mountaineering skills and how to climb and descend mountainous terrain before crossing extreme ground using specialist mountaineering rope techniques, rappel, traverse and climb. Training complete, it’s time for the final challenge – You’ll be dropped off by 4x4 away from any form of civilisation and from then on, you are on foot as a team with no instructor support. You’ll need to head up in to the mountains where your survival adventure begins. Your aim - to cross the mountain range, summit the highest mountain in Alladale and make it back down safely. Remember, reaching the summit is only half the challenge. Along the journey you’ll need to set up a survival camp, forage for food, prepare and cook wild food, cross rivers, climb, scramble, raft, rappel, zip line across 200ft high gorge and if you get back down to the Glenn on time, you’ll be rescued by all terrain eight-wheel drive Argo’s. It’ll take all your energy, courage and determination to make it back to civilisation.

These are just some of the many skills you will gain during ‘Survive the Highlands'

  • Build & light a fire from scratch
  • Make emergency signal fires
  • Build a lifesaving emergency shelter and put it to the ultimate test!
  • Learn how to use a knife in a variety of survival situations safely
  • Learn to tie an array of survival & lifesaving knots
  • Develop navigation skills and basic map to ground techniques
  • Use Astro Navigation skills to complete a night exercise
  • Forage for wild food, grubs, insects
  • Wilderness first aid & emergency casualty evacuation training
  • Collect, filter and clean dirty water
  • Build a raft
  • Prepare and cook wild food
  • Experience extreme weather conditions
  • Cross a range of difficult terrain (rocks, rivers, mountains & gorges)
  • Survive the Highlands!
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Argo Rescue

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Early Morning PT


  • The course is limited to 12 participants who must be aged 18yrs+ in order to attend
  • Your course starts at 15h00 the first day and will finish by 15h00 on the 5th day - full details can be found in our information pack under joining instructions.
  • 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 (PPE).
  • On successful completion of the course, participants will receive a Bear Grylls Survival Academy badge, certificate and your own Bear Grylls Gerber knife to keep.
  • Payment plans are available to secure your place with a deposit and installments. Please contact the office for more information. NOTE: All deposits are non-refundable.
  • Take on the challenge to Survive the Moors, Survive Snowdon and Survive the Catskills!

Looking for a private course? Book this today by giving us a call and speaking to a member of the team.
We would be delighted to create an exclusive course for you and your group!

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Alladale Wilderness Reserve, Scottish Highlands

Situated in the heart of the rugged highlands, the Alladale reserve is a privately owned estate, managed to restore the territory to its natural state through the reintroduction of tree cover and wildlife, and the encouragement of biodiversity. It’s a tough, diverse location with rolling mountains and glens, and super rugged terrain. The weather is as varied as the landscape, and experiencing four seasons in one day is common – the perfect way to prepare for a survival scenario.

These items will all help you to survive! Please note, all of the clothing and equipment that you bring must be appropriate to the environment and the time of year. This is just a guide and you may not require all the kit. Your instructors will let you know what to take out into the wilderness on arrival-any extra kit can be secured at base camp.

…and don't forget a bag full of positive attitude!

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I didn't really know what to expect from the course but even what I got was a shock to the system. This course is full on, with the most professional instructing team I have ever come across. Get your boots on tight because it's an absolute whirlwind!
Josh Gregg, UK
Survive the Highlands