DofE Gold Expedion

DofE Gold Expeditions

DofE 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.

2019 Gold DofE Scottish Expedition Dates

Qualifying Walking Oct 14th – 17th
Qualifying Mountain Biking Oct 14th – 17th
Qualifying Canoe Oct 21st – 24th
Qualifying Sea Kayak Oct 21st – 24th

2020 Gold DofE Scottish Expedition Dates

Training & Practice Walking Apr 6th – 9th
Training & Practice Mountain Biking Apr 6th – 9th
Training & Practice Canoe Apr 13th – 16th
Training & Practice Sea Kayak Apr 13th – 16th
Training & Practice Walking Jul 13th – 16th
Training & Practice Mountain Biking Jul 13th – 16th
Training & Practice Canoe Jul 20th – 23rd
Training & Practice Sea Kayak Jul 20th – 23rd
Qualifying Canoe Aug 3rd – 6th
Qualifying Sea Kayak Aug 3rd – 6th
Qualifying Walking Aug 10th – 13th
Qualifying Mountain Biking Aug 10th – 13th
Qualifying Canoe Oct 12th – 15th
Qualifying Sea Kayak Oct 12th – 15th
Qualifying Walking Oct 12th – 15th
Qualifying Mountain Biking Oct 12th – 15th
Qualifying Canoe Oct 19th – 22nd
Qualifying Sea Kayak Oct 19th – 22nd
Qualifying Walking Oct 19th – 22nd
Qualifying Mountain Biking Oct 19th – 22nd
  • 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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Mode What is involved Cost
Training & Practice Foot, Bike, Canoe or Sea Kayak This 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
Qualifying Foot, Bike, Canoe or Sea Kayak This is a 4 day and 4 night qualifying 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
  • For school & youth group packages please contact us directly.

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    • Tailor-Made Gold DofE Expeditions

  • We are happy to organise training, practice Journeys & qualifying expeditions 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).
  • Gold DofE Expeditions
  • DofE Scotland


  • 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).

What we provide

  • 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:

  • 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 external links:

DofE website