United Kingdom·August 28 - September 3 2022
An epic wildlife spotting and habitat conservation trip to Scotland's wildest island: Rùm!SOLD OUT
With a brand new programme for Summer 2022, we're inviting adventurous adults to join their children on a journey to one of the UK's wildest corners: the Isle of Rùm in the Hebrides. Don't worry though adults, whilst the bulk of the experience will be enjoyed together as a group, we've built in several parent-only alternative activities throughout the week from sea kayaking through the Arisaig Skerries to an overnight stay in a bothy on the far side of the island and even a tour of the island's brand new rum distillery: Askival. Leaving London on Sunday evening in the luxurious Caledonian Sleeper, you'll be transported to the western highlands, waking up as the train crosses the huge expanse of Rannoch Moor. Arriving in Fort William, the UK's outdoor capital, we'll make a summit attempt on Ben Nevis before travelling by train on the 'track to the isles', alighting at the stunning fishing village of Arisaig. Here the children will enjoy archery and a trip the Land, Sea and Islands Museum whilst the adults get to try their hand at sea kayaking around the skerries, looking for seals and harbour porpoises - don't worry, they're not hard to find! Once reunited, we'll enjoy a night's camping above the stunning white sands of Morar before taking the boat over to the Jurassic Park-like Isle of Rùm in the morning. Once on the island, we'll drop our kit at the island's state of the art bunkhouse before meeting up with Kim for lunch, one of the islanders who will be looking after us during our stay. Whilst on the island, we'll be undertaking a diverse programme of activities from day hikes to snorkelling, visiting the salmon farm, castle and otter hide, enjoying talks from the island's ranger and visiting the world's oldest mammal study centre: the Red Deer Research Centre at Kilmory where you'll get to take part in a tailor-made workshop learning about the deer. Locals will show you how to catch and prepare lobster, crab and langoustine which you can enjoy after a bagpipe display. Of course, no trip is complete without a ceilidh: traditional Scottish dancing. Returning to the mainland for the sleeper train that evening, we'll travel back to London, pulling into Euston at 07:47 on Saturday 3rd September having truly had the adventure of a lifetime.
All catering, refreshment and snacks
Fireside talks with real adventurers
All travel, accommodation and activities
Travel to London Euston train station
'Saskia has just said she’s been on her BEST trip EVER!'
Lizzie (London, UK)
'Deep thanks to Ross and Rod. So important to get our kids into nature.'
Kirsty (London, UK)
'I can't thank you enough for having the energy and vision to organise it'
Anna (London, UK)
'So proud of these young adventurers and grateful to their inspirational leaders!'
Melissa (London, UK)
'Such lucky children - The Adventure Society is such a great thing!'
Marina (London, UK)
'Rod and Ross. Heroic! Brilliant effect. Thank you, thank you, thank you!'
Ben (London, UK)
'You and your team obviously gave him and his peers a great experience and I can tell that Barney has got a lot from it'
Jason (London, UK)
'Thank you so, so much for giving our lucky children this opportunity. Leo has absolutely loved it both times!'
Lara (London, UK)
On this expedition, families will be allocated cabins/dorm rooms/tents within their family group and will not have to share with other families.
To get to the island we will be travelling by boat. We will be taking the fairly large Caledonian MacBrayne ferry out to the island.
There may also be an optional trip to the Rùm salmon farm feeding platforms, also by boat, this is usually undertaken in a very large and enclosed speed boat. Again, this is optional and life jackets will be provided for the duration of the journey and whilst on the feeding platforms.
Unlike our Highland Hike, this expedition only requires the children to carry their large bag over short distances. Your child will only carry a medium-sized daypack over longer distances.
Rùm is the wettest place in the British Isles and so your child will need full waterproofs (jacket and trousers). These will need to be 15,000 mm or above. Ideally, 20,000. If your items don't state their waterproof rating, the chances are that they're not waterproof!
Most of our meals on the island are centred around venison and salmon, as they are readily available. Should your child be a vegetarian or vegan, we can easily make other arrangements so long as we know in advance.
Breakfasts, whether on or off island tents to be porridge with a choice of chocolate, cinnamon, banana, honey etc.
Your KITRAT form will ask for a meat/vegan preference for any ration packs as all of our expeditions involve sometime under canvas and away from a kitchen.
There will be regular hot chocolate and warm juice stops as well as snacks throughout. We will also be visiting a couple of local eateries when awaiting connections in Fort William/Arisaig where the children will have a much more extensive choice from a menu.
Absolutely not. Waterproof hiking boots are essential on this trip, These absolutely must be worn in and comfortable prior to departure. Ideally, with a spare pair of trainers and a pair of sandals/flip-flops for round the campsite/beach/shower.
It's true that the 'wee beasties' can be savage in the summer months and they'll doubtless make an appearance at some point on the trip. We recommend midge-head nets and either Smidge or Avon's Skin So Soft with Jojoba oil as a repellant stray.