Duke of Edinburgh Award Gold Residential Course

Eco-building, traditional skills, cooking pizza, foraging for wild food.  This week is a great chance to get stuck in to outdoor life and share some good times around the camp fire.  Meet young people from all over Scotland and make lasting friendships.

The week will have a full programme of activities during the days and evenings. We usually have one large project to work on (in 2018 we built a new roof on our barn, in 2019 we built a large bike shed) and smaller fun activities in between. 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.”



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. When you click on the Book Now button below you can book, pay and download the equipment list, and look at the FAQs

Our 2020 Gold Residential will be from the 11th to 16th October. 

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 £250 per person, which includes all food, accommodation and materials.

We will announce our dates for 2021 in August.

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