Duke of Edinburgh Award – Gold Programme

For most people the completion of their Gold Expedition is the high point of their whole DofE experience. It is evidence that you are a competent person who has developed skills and knowledge that enable you to journey safely into wild places.
In order to complete the Gold Expedition section you first need to complete a programme of training followed by a suitable practice expedition to develop your skills. Available activities for the training programmes are Canoe, Mountain Bike, Sea Kayaking & Walking. On completion of your practice journey you need to plan and undertake a 4 day qualifying expedition.

For school & youth group packages please contact us directly.



Gold DofE Award

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. £275
Qualifying Foot, Bike, Canoe or Sea Kayak This is a 4 day and 4 night qualifying package. Three days will be assessed camping on the expedition. These expeditions take place in the Cairngorms National Park and across Scotland. Transport from Cairngorms Adventure Centre, Newtonmore is included or we can arrange to meet at the start point. £275
  • 2018 Expedition Dates

    • Training & Practice Sea Kayak May 28th – June 1st
      Training & Practice Mountain Bike July 3rd – 6th or  7th – 10th
      Training & Practice Mountain Bike July 16th – 19th
      Training & Practice Walking July 16th – 19th
      Qualifying Walking July 21st – 24th
      Qualifying Sea Kayak July 19th – 22nd
      Qualifying Walking, Bike, Canoe or Sea Kayak Aug 8th – 11th
      Qualifying Walking, Bike, Canoe or Sea Kayak Oct 15th – 18th
      Qualifying Walking, Bike, Canoe or Sea Kayak Oct 22nd – 15th
  • Please note that you are expected to arrive at the Cairngorms Adventure Centre the night before your course starts.  This overnight stay is included in the course price on a self-catered basis.
  • We can 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).


  • Qualifying expeditions should be booked no less than 4 weeks before your expedition start date, to allow time to process green forms.
  • There should ideally 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

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