Thursday, 14 February 2013

Learn the Art of Bushcraft at The Strathyre Outdoor Centre

Firelighting and fuel collection

Loch Earn Tourism Initiative member Anthony Phillips of Natural Trossachs (an eco tourism business) is hosting a Bushcraft weekend course at The Strathyre Outdoor Centre on May 4th & 5th,  for Year of Natural Scotland 2013, lead by a qualified instructor and experienced wildlife biologist.
Build a shelter
Anthony says  "This is an excellent beginner's bushcraft weekend and a valuable consolidation for those with a little bushcraft experience. You will learn the safe use of sheath knife and saw and can use these tools to help in maintaining a bow drill set. We will also cover firelighting with bow drill and sparks, water preparation, shelter building and plant uses."

Learning outcomes:
At the end of the course you should; know how to use a knife and saw safely, be able to tie some basic knots required to string up a tarp, know how to build a leaf shelter, understand how to find water and make it safe, understand the basic principles of responsible firelighting and fuel collection,  have succeeded in lighting a fire with sparks and/or bow drill and know how to recognise some of the plants that can provide food and other valuable materials
Instructor: Leon is a qualified and experienced wildlife biologist with a BSc (hons) in Ecology and a PhD based on otter research in Scotland. He has over 13 years field experience, studying badgers, foxes, grouse & otters. In 2004, Leon formalised his bushcraft interests and achieved a nationally accredited qualification (with distinction) to teach the subject. This year long NCFE course covered all aspects of leading groups, including bushcraft skills, understanding of the natural environment, teaching ability, knowledge of legislation, health and safety.
Duration: 2 full days: starts 19.00 on Friday night and ends 16:00 Sunday afternoon. Main lessons will be from 09:00-17:00 on Saturday and 09:00-16:00 on Sunday
Cost*: £150 per weekend or £75 per day (£10 discount if booked for both days) *(This cost does not include accommodation) 
Accommodation: To book from a wide choice of accommodation in Strathyre and neighbouring villages ,Balquhidder, Lochearnhead and St Fillans,  including;  campsites, bunkhouses, cabins, bed and breakfasts, hotels and more visit 

A Tracking and Wildlife day is provisionally arranged for Monday 6th May with a cost of £75 per day or £65 if booked alongside the Bushcraft weekend.

For further information and bookings please contact Anthony Phillips, Natural Trossachs:

Email:  Tel: 07917 674967   Web: 



  1. Superb. Will let Briar Cottages Lochearnhead guests know about this interesting course.