Loch Lomond National Park Open Gold Practice Expedition – 2020


We will be running a Gold Practice expedition to Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park on:

  • 9-11 October 2020

This webpage provides an outline of the expedition, what’s involved and what’s included. More detailed information on the expedition will be set out in our ‘Participant’s Pack’.

To book on to the expedition  click here.

What’s involved

This expedition will be run over a weekend. Meet up will be at 4pm on Friday 9 October in Balquidder, at a hotel called Mhor 84 (FK19 8NY), just south of Lochearnhead.  You can make your own way to the start or get a lift in our minibus from Glasgow. From Mhor 84 we will take you to a wild campsite in Glen Buckie where you’ll spend the first night of the expedition.

On Saturday you’ll walk north to Glen Dochart and another wild camp. On Sunday you’ll walk south, back to Balquidder and the finish point at Mhor 84. At the end of the expedition you can get a lift back to Glasgow or be dropped off in Callendar or Stirling Service Station on the M90.

Each day of the practice expedition involves about 15km of walking. Underfoot we will be using tracks and footpaths, some of which will be muddy.

Training on navigation skills, campcraft, route planning and team work will be provided by instructors.

What to bring

Click here for the full kit list including a video offering advice on packing a Duke of Edinburgh’s Award expedition rucksack. We will provide you with tents, stoves, gas canisters, map cases and rucksack liners.

Participants should bring the following food:

  • Enough food for the 2 night, 2 day practice expedition: that’s two breakfasts, two lunches and two evening meals.


The total cost of the expedition week is £150 per participant.

Information about the area

Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park is located to the north of Glasgow and is one of only two national parks in Scotland. The park’s landscape is characterised by rugged hills and mountains, hundreds of lochs and a mix of confer forests and ancient oak woodland. The park is a great place for Duke of Edinburgh’s Award expeditions with hill paths, forest tracks and cycleways.