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2 Day Navigation Skills Course

June 4 @ 10:00 am June 5 @ 4:30 pm

£200 per person

Find Your Path

2 Day Navigation Course for Hillwalkers and Outdoor Enthusiasts

This course is aimed at anyone who wants to learn or refresh their navigation skills for hillwalking and general outdoor activities.

These skills are essential for keeping yourself safe among the Scottish hills, by always maintaining awareness of where you are. In this course we will focus on traditional and reliable map & compass skills, as well as looking at modern navigation technologies such as GPS.

Navigation is also a fascinating subject in itself, and a very satisfying one to put into practice.

What You’ll Learn

  • Map Reading

Understanding how the map relates to reality. Learn to read contour lines like the back of your hand.

  • Grid References

Learning how to find your exact location, and why it is important.

  • Compass Skills

Taking bearings and sightings, then putting them to use.

  • Route Planning

Figuring out the most reliable way to get from A to B.

  • Distance, Speed and Timing

Use pacing and timing to navigate on the move, keeping track of how far you have come and how far you have to go.

  • Mental Mapping

Explore how navigation works in the mind – how we find our way, why we get lost, and how to react if you get into trouble.

  • Relocation

You don’t know where you are. Now what? We’ll look at some simple strategies and tactics to regain confidence when it matters most.


Day 1: Low level Introduction

On the first day we will work at low level. We will start with a comparison of the available tools for navigation such as different maps, compasses and so on.

We will spend the majority of the day building fundamental skills – map reading, grid references, and how to take and walk on a bearing.

Day 2: Hillwalking Practise

On Day 2 we will seek out higher ground to put new skills into practise in a hillwalking context. You will plan routes from one point to another and then do it. We will introduce timing and pacing to our toolbox, and discuss how to navigate in featureless terrain or poor visibility.

Before the end of the day we will look at some simple strategies to relocate yourself if you become temporarily lost.


We are based in Aviemore in the Cairngorms National Park. We have a huge area of natural beauty to enjoy, so we can decide where to go based on the weather conditions at the time. Options include beautiful loch-side camps, rare Caledonian Forest or even the Cairngorms themselves in good weather.

About Your Guide:

David Russell
David Russell

Most of my professional career since the age of 21 has been in outdoor instruction and adventure travel. I’ve worked at a number of outdoor centres and adventure businesses in Scotland, delivering a wide variety of activities such as hillwalking, kayaking & canoeing, Duke of Edinburgh Award Expeditions, and many others besides. Now through my own business I offer courses in essential outdoor skills, landscape photography workshops and guided adventures.

My greatest pleasure when teaching outdoors is passing on invaluable skills to other people, seeing the ‘aha!’ moments when their eyes light up, and watching them grow in confidence and ability.


If you have any questions about the day please drop me a line through my website or leave a comment below.


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Navigation Skills Course – 4th/5th June
£ 200.00
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