Bushcraft Day Course

We do things slightly differently when it comes to bushcraft. We do not focus on kit or gadgets but instead on skills and living at one with your surroundings, comfortable and innovative.

What does the day include?

We will begin with an orientation walk, to include natural navigation, resource foraging and connecting with the environment.

The primary task will be to construct a natural shelter, either for humans to protect ourselves or to shelter a fire and make a workspace. We will forage and improvise materials and let the design of the structure be influenced by availability, time and skill. No two shelters are the same.

The second task is to create a fire, for warmth, water purification, to cook and signal. With guidance you can explore various fire making techniques.

As soon as shelter and fire are established we can look at our other needs, problem solving and making our stay more comfortable: brew pine tea, make simple camp tools, improvise cordage, sit and be still. This is not a survival course but a rapid transition into belonging and feeling safe in the outdoors.

What do I need to bring?

  • Comfortable, warm layers of clothing that you don’t mind getting muddy or wet
  • Waterproofs
  • Packed lunch
  • Sunscreen if needed

Footwear is up to you and optional. If you have a knife you like to use bring it but all tools and materials are provided.

If you have any mobility or health concerns, please talk with us – we have worked with people of varying abilities and mobility constraints.

Do I need previous experience?

In a word, no.

Whether we collect plants for firemaking, make fire kits with tools, or walk in the woods, you need no prior experience of the outdoors: it’s all about learning something new.

This may be your first experience of Scotland’s true countryside or you might be a Munro bagger, but Five Senses courses offer something new for everyone. If you have any concerns please ask us. Malcolm will happily adapt a course to meet your needs and mobility.

Getting here

There is ample car and bike parking, whilst those wishing to use public transport can catch the 57 bus from Perth or Dundee to Alyth. Services are hourly and traverse scenic countryside.

From Alyth you can walk the delightful, wooded Den of Alyth (SSSI) for the 2 1/2 miles to Bamff of you can arrange to be collected at the bus stop.

On Google maps, we can be found by looking for ‘Bamff Farms, Alyth’. Sometimes GPS has led people astray, so here are more precise directions:

From Edinburgh to Blairgowrie

Take the M90 over the Forth Bridge signposted for Perth. Leave the M90 after the Friarton Bridge over the Tay and follow the signs for Braemar (A93), through Bridgend , and then Blairgowrie.

From Glasgow to Blairgowrie

Take the A9 at the Broxden roundabout just west of Perth and stay on it until the turning for Luncarty. Go through Luncarty and Stanley the bear right for Blairgowrie, right again at T junction and left for Braemar/Blairgowrie at the junction with A 93.

From Blairgowrie to Alyth

Drive through Blairgowrie, going left at the traffic lights, cross the River Ericht, take the A926 out of Blairgowrie, signposted for ‘(Alyth)’ and Kirriemuir. Look out for the signs for Alyth shortly after New Alyth and turn left off the A926.

Drive straight through Alyth, leaving the Square to the right. The parish church is straight ahead. Cross the bridge over the Alyth Burn and swing left up the Bamff Road. Leave the church on your right.

From Alyth to Bamff

Follow the Bamff Road, signposted for Glenshee and Bridge of Cally for 2.5 miles.

After a sharp left hand bend, signed Glenshee, Bridge of Cally, (Glenisla is to the right) you will see the lodge at the end of the drive to Bamff . Turn off the road (to the right) and up the drive – about two thirds of a mile.

Follow the second sign ‘Old Brewhouse’ at the junction as you approach the house.

If you miss the drive, there is a farm road one mile further on, on the right. Go right at the partially ruined steading and you will arrive at the back of the house. The Old Brewhouse is on the left and you may drive in and  park next to it.  Our back door is on the right. Ring the (single) doorbell if no-one is there to greet you.

From the North

You may approach by the Tullymurdoch/Alyth road from the A93, or from the west from Bridge of Cally take the Drimmie Road. If you are approaching from Bridge of Cally go left at a sign for Bamff, then after Mains of Creuchies go right(for Alyth).  You will see the Bamff farm road to your left after a few yards.  Carry on for another half mile and take the next left, marked Bamff.

Perth to Blairgowrie is about 15 miles and Blairgowrie to Alyth is 5. Alyth to Bamff is 3.5 miles or so.

Details

Location: Scots Pine and Silver Birch woodland on the Bamff Estate

Arrival: 09:30 for introduction, tea & coffee etc

Start: 10:00 prompt

Lunch: Please bring your own packed lunch and drink

Finish: 16:00

Facilities: The site has a composting toilet and we will have appropriate shelter.

Price: £75/person (£20 single supplement)