Perthshire Open Gold Practice Expeditions – 2019

We will be running a Gold practice expedition on:

  • 8 to 12 of July 2019

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

To book on to the expedition  click here.

If you are interested in our final expeditions click here.

Where to meet for the Training and Practice Expedition week

All the participants will meet 15:10 on the Monday, the first day of the expedition week, at Dunkeld and Birnam train station car park.

What’s involved

The purpose of the expedition is to prepare participants for their final expedition. That means undertaking some training, doing a practice expedition and providing participants an opportunity to work as a team. Training will include:

  • Working as a team,
  • Assessing risk,
  • The countryside code,
  • Camp craft,
  • First aid,
  • Navigation,
  • Clothing and equipment,
  • Emergency procedures,
  • Cooking on a stove,
  • Writing route cards,
  • Expedition aim.

After meeting at Dunkeld and Birnam train station at 15:10 we shall walk to the campsite (2km walk) and set up the tents. The campsite has toilets and facilities. The afternoon will be spent reviewing expedition kit, expedition food, route planning for the following day and organising the participants in to expedition groups. In the evening we will walk into Dunkeld to the fish and chip shop for dinner (participants need some money for this).

The practice expedition goes from Dunkeld to Blair Atholl via Loch Ordie, Kirkmichael and Glen Fearnach. The first and third nights are wild camps. The second night we’ll camp in the grounds of Kindrogan Field Centre. The expedition will finish at Blair Atholl Train station about 1:30pm. There are trains to Perth at 14:20.

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.

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 cannisters, map cases and rucksack liners.

Participants should bring the following food:

  • Enough food for the 4 day practice expedition: that’s four breakfasts; four lunches and three evening meals.


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

Information about the area

Perthshire and in particular the countryside to the north of Dunkeld is great for walking. The countryside consists of rolling hills with woodland, heather moorland and lochs. The area has lots of big estates and farms where hill-sheep farming, fishing and shooting are important activities.