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Gold Expeditions

Active provide a number of training, practice & qualifying Gold DofE expeditions in Scotland throughout the year. We have open dates for individuals and bespoke packages for school & youth groups.  Our expeditions are on foot, bike, canoe and sea kayak.

Please note that you are expected to arrive at the Cairngorms Adventure Centre the night before your course starts. This overnight stay is included and includes self-catering facilities.

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DofE Gold Expeditions
  • 2019 Gold DofE Scotland Expedition Dates
  • 2020 Gold DofE Scotland Expedition Dates
QualifyingWalkingOct 14th – 17th
QualifyingMountain BikingOct 14th – 17th
QualifyingCanoeOct 21st – 24th
QualifyingSea KayakOct 21st – 24th
Training & PracticeWalkingApr 6th – 9th
Training & PracticeMountain BikingApr 6th – 9th
Training & PracticeCanoeApr 13th – 16th
Training & PracticeSea KayakApr 13th – 16th
Training & PracticeWalkingJul 13th – 16th
Training & PracticeMountain BikingJul 13th – 16th
Training & PracticeCanoeJul 20th – 23rd
Training & PracticeSea KayakJul 20th – 23rd
QualifyingCanoeAug 3rd – 6th
QualifyingSea KayakAug 3rd – 6th
QualifyingWalkingAug 10th – 13th
QualifyingMountain BikingAug 10th – 13th
QualifyingCanoeOct 12th – 15th
QualifyingSea KayakOct 12th – 15th
QualifyingWalkingOct 12th – 15th
QualifyingMountain BikingOct 12th – 15th
QualifyingCanoeOct 19th – 22nd
QualifyingSea KayakOct 19th – 22nd
QualifyingWalkingOct 19th – 22nd
QualifyingMountain BikingOct 19th – 22nd
 ModeWhat is involvedCost
Training & PracticeFoot, Bike, Canoe or Sea KayakThis is a 4 day and 4 night package. Two nights will be camping with two nights Self Catered at Cairngorms Adventure Centre. We provide 1 day of skills training & preparation followed by a 3 day practice expedition.£289
QualifyingFoot, Bike, Canoe or Sea KayakThis is a 4 day and 4 night Gold Dofe qualifying expedition package. Three nights will be spent camping on the expedition with your arrival night at the Cairngorms Adventure Centre. Expeditions take place in the Cairngorms National Park and throughout Scotland.£289
  • Tailor-Made Expeditions

  • We are happy to organise Gold DofE training, practice Journeys & qualifying expeditions in Scotland for groups of 4 or more on dates that suit your requirements.
  • Additional skills training days in open canoe, sea kayak, mountain bike or navigation skills are available at a cost of £59 per day. Group discounts available (please ask).
  • Notes
  • What we provide
  • Equipment
  • Options
  • Qualifying expeditions should be booked no less than 4 weeks before your expedition start date, to allow time to process green forms.
  • There should be at least 2 weeks between your practice and qualifying expedition.
  • Candidates must have prior experience in their chosen mode of transport (Active can provide this training in canoes or sea kayaks if required).
  • Pre-trip information and advice on routes, camp sites, access information, kit lists etc.
  • Self Catering centre accommodation.
  • Group equipment (see below).
  • DofE accredited supervisors and assessors for the practice & qualifying expeditions.
  • Additional skills training days prior to qualifying journeys (please ask).

We can provide the following group kit if required for your Gold DofE expeditions:

  • Tents
  • Inflatable camping mats
  • Stoves, cutlery and crockery
  • Expedition rucksacks or dry bags (dependent on mode of travel)
  • Group first aid kits
  • Maps & compasses
  • Technical & safety kit such as buoyancy aids & helmets (dependent on mode of travel)
  • Waterproofs and boots
  • Expedition meals from £16 per day; Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Vango Stratos 350 Sleeping Bag: £35

Gold DofE Expedition extra links:

Gold DofE Scotland residential

DofE website

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