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Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Expeditions

"The week was fantastic and we cannot rate Dave and Elliot’s skill and attitude highly enough."  Samantha Robertson, Paddling Adventure group

As a DofE Approved Activity Provider, Abernethy, with its AALS licences, has a great deal to offer the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award participants.  We can provide a range of expeditions at all Award levels for groups:

  • Walking – training, practice and qualifying expeditions at Bronze, Silver and Gold level (at all centres)
  • Canoeing – training, practice and qualifying expeditions at Bronze, Silver and Gold level (at all centres)
  • Mountain Biking – training, practice and qualifying expeditions at Silver and Gold level (at Abernethy Barcaple)

We can provide your group with kit, including food and canoes, and we have DofE accredited supervisors and assessors to work with the groups to ensure they are equipped with the knowledge and skills to navigate through rural, open or wild country. Expeditions can take place from April to October and there should be a minimum of 5 participants per expedition.


Gold Expeditions at Abernethy Ardeonaig: Canoeing

If you are looking for a different way to complete your Gold expedition ‘journey’, then come and complete your Gold expeditions with Abernethy Ardeonaig via Canoe.  Previous Canoeing knowledge and experience would be an advantage but is not required, during the training day we will teach progressive basic canoeing skills and how to be safe on the water.  Further skills input continues throughout the practice expedition to ensure each individual participant is ready for their qualifying expedition.  A good level of fitness and commitment to learning and developing your skills are essential. 

The prices below include; Supervision and / or Assessment by qualified coaches from an organisation who are both an AAP with DofE and AALA Licenced as well as all canoeing equipment and any campsite fees.  A dry barrel and camping equipment can be hired for a small additional fee.

Please note — In order to help participants gel as a team to get the most out of the expedition experience, ideally participants will book to complete both their Practice & Qualifying expeditions with Abernethy.  If you are just looking for either a Practice or a Qualifying expedition there may be an option to add you to an expedition as long as the team numbers still fall within the DofE regulations of minimum and maximum numbers per expedition team.  Please contact us with your requirements and we will let you know if we can help.

Open Gold Canoeing Training Day and Practice Expedition

11 - 14 July 2020
£228 per person
Arrival at Abernethy Ardeonaig for 9:30am on Saturday 11 July
Training Day and then Practice Expedition on Loch & River Tay

Open Gold Canoeing Qualifying Expedition

11 - 14 August 2020
£228 per person
Arrival at Fort William Train Station for 9:30am on Tuesday 11 August
Qualifying Expedition on the Great Glen


Please contact Abernethy Ardeonaig on 01567 820523 or email us for further information and to book your place on one of the above expeditions.


Gold Expeditions at Abernethy Barcaple: Mountain Biking

We have newly introduced an alternative way to complete your expedition — by bike! 

Abernethy Barcaple are now able to run Duke of Edinburgh Mountain Biking Expeditions (practice and qualifying) for Bronze, Silver and Gold.  

We’d recommend two days training prior to the practise expedition.  This can be done in the same week as the practise or organised as a separate stay at Abernethy Barcaple: we can organise for our Instructors to deliver this training closer to you, according to your needs, rather than from our Barcaple Centre, hopefully saving you time!

A sample Training programme may look like:

Day 1 training     

  • AM – Morning of maintenance and trail side repairs
  • PM – Half day ride with trailers and nav training

Day 2 training

  • Full day ride, improving personal riding, decision making and Nav practice

Please contact Abernethy Barcaple on 01557 820261 or email us for further information, and to discuss your needs and for pricing details.


Group Expedition prices

  • Expedition daily rate per person: Walking £51 | Canoeing £57
  • Food package daily rate per person: £9
  • Equipment hire per person per expedition: £20
  • Camp site hire is dependent on the site

Open Expeditions

To enable these expeditions to go ahead, in line with DofE award guidelines, we need to have a minimum of 5 people signed up for each expedition and will not be able to confirm that they will go ahead until this is the case.  Please contact us as soon as possible if you would like to be part of an expedition and we will be pleased to send you more information and timescales for preparing routes etc.

Looking for a DofE Expedition?

We sometimes run other Open DofE Expeditions throughout the year other than those listed above.  Contact the Centres for dates and more information on both walking and canoe expeditions.

Abernethy Ardeonaig | call 01567 820523 or e-mail us for more information

Abernethy Barcaple | call 01557 820261 or e-mail us for more information


Statement about Covid-19 and DofE expeditions

Please find information HERE.

Useful links

Abernethy Ardeonaig | Abernethy Ardgour | Abernethy Barcaple | Abernethy Nethybridge


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