Duke of Edinburgh Award Gold Residential Course

Connecting to landscapes of the past, present and future in the magical glen of Strathfarrar, this week immerses you in ecology, cultural history and traditional skills. From nature immersion and eco-building to traditional crafts, cooking pizza and foraging for wild food, this week is a great chance to get stuck into outdoor life and share some good times around the campfire. You will have the opportunity to meet young people from all over the UK and make lasting friendships.

The week will have a full programme of activities during the days and evenings. There will be time spent out in our glen exploring the landscape and time spent around our off-grid learning centre picking up traditional crafts or working with our livestock. Working together we will be cooking, decision making, running our croft and reflecting on our experiences. What better way to qualify for your Duke of Edinburgh Gold Residential!

“It was honestly one of the best weeks of my life and I feel I speak for most of us who were there when I say that.”

By the end of the week you’ll have achieved the Discovery Level of the John Muir Award, and you’ll have met the requirements for awards such as Gold DofE residentials, but you’ll have so much more than just a certificate – new ways of thinking about our place within the natural world, new friendships forged in wild places, and the knowledge that you have done something positive to a special landscape.



In 2018 we completed a three year project to build our inspirational bothy accommodation. Designed, built and installed by Northwoods Construction from Ullapool, the six steel clad bothies each have three double bunks in and offer a beautifully built simple shelter for your stay. The word ‘bothy’ comes from the Gaelic, and the bothan airigh – the shieling hut – is the start of the story of these buildings. The ‘tin’ bothies, houses, schools and churches around the Highlands of Scotland were also a big inspiration for our new accommodation. Bringing this story into the present and future, our bothies feature a huge south facing window for solar gain heating, local timber and a high quality finish. We hope you will enjoy them as much as we do!



You can see a time-lapse video of the buildings being built here, and you can read more about the project in MORE menu at the top right of this page. We are just updating our website, which will soon have a new booking system. In the meantime please e-mail sam@theshielingproject.org to register your interest.

We are running two Gold Residentials in 2022: 15th to 19th August and 29th August to 2nd September. 

Please get in touch if you are interested as we book up fast.

The residential runs Sunday 5pm to Friday 5pm. We can help pick you up and drop you off at the Beauly or Inverness train stations or at Inverness airport. The week costs £300 per person, which includes all food, accommodation and materials.

If you would like more information on our Duke of Edinburgh Gold Residential Course please contact Sam

  • 07584855846
  • Dunmaglass, Struy, Beauly, Inverness-shire, IV4 7JX

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Photos by the Shieling Project, Mhairi Baird, George Logan and David Powell

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