Bushcraft Skills Course

Date Occurs 17/02/2019 - 17/03/2019
Time Sundays 12.30-4.30pm
Age range
Admission 5 sessions for £125. 16 years and above.

Together we will explore the bushcraft realm offering a beginners insight into lost arts and primeval survival techniques.

The course is broken down into 5 sessions with an additional optional wild camp on completion of all of the training sessions. 16 years and above.

Session 1: Bushcraft basics

What is bushcraft?

The bushcrafters equipment Intro to working with cutting tools

Intro to knots

Intro to sleeping systems

Intro to cooking systems

Practice and principles of Leave No Trace


Session 2: Shelter building

Tarps and tents


Hammock building

Natural shelters

Group shelters

Protection from insects and animals


Session 3: Firecraft and campcraft

Principles and components of fire lighting

Modern methods

Ancient methods

Troubleshooting when fire lighting

Fire pit layouts

Cooking systems

Fire extinguishing and safety


Session 4: Food for Free

Foraging skills

Fishing techniques

Ancient hunting methods

Safe cooking in the outdoors

Sourcing water

Water purification techniques


Session 5: Consolidating skills

Review of our previously learnt skills to include;

Constructing a group shelter

Construct a sleeping system

Creating a firepit and fire

Forage for food and obtain safe water

Create a cooking system and cook a meal

Strike camp and Leave No Trace

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Venue Information

  • Dean Castle & Country Park
  • Dean Road
  • Kilmarnock
  • East Ayrshire
  • KA3 1XB
  • Tel: 01563 554734
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Sunday: Grounds Open. Castle Closed
Monday: Grounds Open. Castle Closed
Tuesday: Grounds Open. Castle Closed
Wednesday: Grounds Open. Castle Closed
Thursday: Grounds Open.Castle Closed
Friday: Grounds Open. Castle Closed
Saturday: Grounds Open. Castle Closed
Wheelchair access Yes
Disabled toilet facilities Yes
Temporary displays & changing exhibitions Yes
Events & workshops Yes
Car parking Yes
Car parking nearby Yes
Disabled access Yes
Disabled access (limited to parts of castle) Yes
Tea Room Yes
Urban Farm Yes
School & group visits welcome by appointment Yes
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