Open Silver Expeditions

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We run open silver Duke of Edinburgh’s Award expeditions for participants to book on to. In 2017 we are running the following:

  • Silver Qualifying expedition in Perthshire between the 16th and 18th of September.

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.

Where and when to meet 

All the participants will meet 8:30am on Saturday 16th of September at Dunkeld and Birnam train station car park. Trains to Dunkeld and Birnam train station depart Perth at 8:10am and arrive at 8:27am. Connecting trains from Glasgow leave Glasgow Queen Street station at 7:10am or Edinburgh Waverly train station at 6:33am.

Where and when the expedition ends

The expediton will end at Bridge of Cally around 4:30pm and we will arrange transport to get you back to Dunkeld and Birnam train station, arriving 5:30pm. A train to Perth departs at 5:45pm arriving at Perth trains station 6:05pm. Connecting trains to Glasgow Queen Street arrive at 7:15pm and Edinburgh Waverly train station at 7:25pm.

What to bring

Participants should bring the following food:

  • Enough food for the 3 day expedition: that’s two breakfasts; three lunches and two evening meals.

Ideas and suggestions on what food to bring will be contained in the ‘Participant Pack’, to help participants prepare.

The Participant Pack will also list all the expedition clothing, personal equipment and group kit they should bring.

Tents and stoves are available to borrow. Gas canisters or meths will be provided and is included in the cost.


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

  • Expedition supervision;
  • Expedition assessment;
  • Maps, mapcases and compasses;
  • Tents;
  • Stoves and fuel cannisters;
  • Transport from the end of the expedition route in Bridge of Cally to Dunkeld and Birnam train station.

The following isn’t included:

  • Food for the entire expedition week;
  • Expedition equipment and clothing (apart from tents and stoves, which can be borrowed).

Preparation before the expedition week

Before the expedition week, participants will be sent a home paper to assess their knowledge of expedition skills. The home paper will contain questions on navigation, camp craft, first aid, emergency procedures, the countryside code, equipment and team work. It isn’t a test, merely a means for the instructors to find out what the participants know and to aid learning over the course of the week.

Participants will also be expected to plan the expedition route, produce a meal plan and research their expedition aim.

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.