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Castaway Adventure in Scotland
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Castaway Weekend on a Remote Scottish Island

Get marooned on an uninhabited Scottish island, build a camp on the shore and learn what it really takes to survive


2 nights

Annual Leave

1 day off work

Group Size

Up to 8 people




United Kingdom

Meeting Point

Largs Marina, Scotland


Wild camping

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Step aboard a 43ft yacht and sail up the west coast of Scotland while learning survival and seamanship skills on our Primal Castaway course.

Visit uninhabited islands and forage for food and wild herbs to use in dinner

Sleep under the stars or spend a night in your own castle and enjoy the thrill of speeding back to port on a high-power speedboat!

Day 1

Take to the water

Sailing Kyles of Bute

Meet your host at Largs Marina and hop aboard their 43-foot yacht. After a quick safety briefing, set sail up the Kyles of Bute to a wild and remote island – your base for the next few days. On the journey, you’ll learn sailing skills and work on your knot game, as well as enjoy some of the best coastal scenery in Scotland. There’s also a good chance of spotting charismatic marine mammals. Hop ashore on your island and spend the rest of the day exploring, building a camp on the shoreline and learning essential survival skills.

Day 2

Coastal survival training

Castaway Adventure in Scotland

After a seaside breakfast, get stuck into your survival training alongside your expert guide. Channel your inner Bear Grylls as you learn a range of essential skills, like foraging, building fires, finding fresh water, creating a shelter, fishing, setting traps and cooking over an open fire. Put your new found skills to the test as you search for dinner ingredients, prepare them over the campfire and end the day swopping stories and gazing up at the stars.

Day 3

Take the fast way home

Adventure in Scotland

Wake to the sound of lapping waves and take a moment to appreciate the sea air and awesome coastal views. Enjoy a last seaside breakfast, break camp and then simulate a real-life survival situation by building a signal fire and keeping watch for rescue. Help comes in the form of a high-speed rib boat, which will whisk you back to Largs Marina where you’ll say goodbye to your guides and fellow travellers before heading back home.



Experienced local guide


2 nights wild camping


Munch on tasty food throughout

Not Included

Travel to and from the start point

Travel insurance

Personal expenses

Day 1

Wild camping · Bivvy




Day 2

Wild camping · Bivvy




Day 3

Departure day




What is the food like?

Food consists of high energy items such as crackers, pate, nutty bars. Freshly foraged items such as mussels, fish, etc are also included if you are fortunate enough to catch anything!

All dietary requirements including vegetarian and vegan can be accomodated: just let your host know.

What is the accommodation like?

Camping on the beach
On The Island

You'll wild camp on the beach of a remote Scottish island. Waking up to the fresh sea breeze and the sound of the lapping waves is a memorable experience. Tarpaulin shelters will be built on day 1 as part of the survival course and there will also be a compost toilet in keeping with leaving no trace principles designed to keep this special place wild and clean. There is the option of sleeping in a hammock for those who prefer one.

The Area




Largs Marina

10:00 on Day 1


Largs Marina

14:00 on Day 3


Your host will meet you at Largs Marina.

Travel options

There are regular trains to Largs from stations across the UK, or if you prefer your host can pick you up from Largs Train Station at 09:30 upon request. If you’re driving, the postcode is KA30 8EZ. There is space to park at the Marina.

Enjoy 12.5% Off Outdoor Gear

In need of a few more items? All bookings receive a 12.5% discount to use at Cotswold Outdoor, Snow + Rock and Runner's Need.

What do I need to bring?

  • Waterproof jacket and trousers
  • Layered outdoor clothing
  • Warm hat and gloves
  • Sleeping bag
  • Waterproof bivvy bag
  • Sleeping mat
  • Camping cutlery
  • Camping plate, bowl and cup
  • Water bottle
  • Headtorch with spare batteries
  • Camera
  • Compass
  • Whistle
  • Personal washkit
  • Tea or coffee and whitener
  • Small first aid kit
  • 24-hour emergency rations
  • Notebook and pen

No optional extras are available for this trip.

Kerry(September 2021)

I’m just back from an amazing weekend in Scotland and experienced the whole Castaway and Survival experience. What an incredible time, I didn’t want to leave, building our signal fire to call the Rib boat to take us home was bittersweet!

As a female wannabe solo wild camper I needed this badly to give me the confidence and the ability to be safe, knowledgable and and brave!

Matt & Luke had everything covered, food & kit, you need to bring minimal items with you. We can now make shelter, staying dry and safe, we can build fires from using what’s around us, forage and identify trees, shrubs and food sources, find water and safely filter it. I loved the knife & axe skills session!

On the last night I had the opportunity to truly wild-camp with just my sleeping bag for company on the roof of a 16th Century castle, the sun rise was spectacular!

Thank you both, wonderful food, fantastic company, lots of laughs and for sharing your expert knowledge.

Jens(July 2021)

Absolutely amazing trip, 10/10. Matt, Andy and Luke were amazing guides. I feel as though I learned an awful lot about survival. Really enjoyed everything from the sailing, to the swimming and making fire

Lee(July 2021)

Probably the best weekend break I’ve ever had. Thoroughly interesting and enjoyable, with excellent hosts. It was well planned and adapted to suit people’s needs. I’d do it again in a heartbeat

Rachel(July 2019)

Scenery, wildlife, learning, sailing were great.

Michele(July 2019)

Overall the trip was a great experience and the host was extremely knowledgeable and helpful.

We partner with the World Land Trust to ensure this trip achieves Net-Zero emissions. We also support their Buy an Acre programme, helping local communities to buy and protect natural habitats in perpetuity.

What's the number?
It works out on average at 28kg of CO2 emissions per person, including all local transport, accommodation, food, activities, guides, staff and office operations.

The only thing it doesn’t include right now is flights and travel to the destination. We do make an overall estimate across all our customers separately, but as we don’t book flights, have customers from all corners of the world, and no way of reliably knowing their travel plans, we simply can’t include an individual number in the figure on display here. We’ve got a goal to fix that, so that when you book, there is a way to measure and mitigate the carbon emitted by your flight too.

But what does the number mean?
Yep, hard to picture eh? To give you an idea:

  • Driving 1000miles/1609km would be approx. 281kg of CO2 in an average car (or 140.5kg per person if there was 2 of you in it).
  • A return economy class flight London - New York would be approx. 1,619kg (1.66 tonnes) per person.
  • 10 trees in a temperate forest are estimated to remove approx. 250kg of CO2 from the air in a period of 5-10 years.

What are we doing about it?
Our trips are relatively low-carbon by design, and we're working with all our hosts to develop long term carbon reduction plans. We partner with the World Land Trust to ensure this trip achieves Net-Zero emissions. We also support their Buy an Acre programme, helping local communities to buy and protect natural habitats in perpetuity, ensuring the protection of the reserve and its wildlife.

Want to know more?
Amazingly, no international travel company has ever publicly published their carbon measurements before, as far as we know. We believe that must change, quickly. So we’re openly sharing the method we used in the hope that other companies will be able to more easily follow suit and build on what we've done so far. You'll find it all here.

Anyone interested in survival skills and bushcraft training. You need to be in good health but no previous experience is required.

Sure can! Over 50% of our travellers travel solo, it’s a great way to meet like-minded people.

Your host can store any excess luggage in their office for the duration of the trip.

Our recommended travel insurance provider is Campbell Irvine.

Travel insurance is compulsory for all of our adventures and you are required to provide your policy information before departing.

Your insurance should include adequate protection for overseas medical treatment, evacuation/repatriation, your baggage and equipment and the specific activities involved on your adventure. We also strongly recommend it includes cancellation and curtailment insurance, should you be unable to join your trip for specific reasons such as illness.

We fully endorse Campbell Irvine as their insurance offers all of the above, so get in touch with them or call on 020 7938 1734 to get your insurance sorted. We suggest that you book travel insurance as soon as you book your adventure, just to cover you for any last-minute life changes. We know you’re an active lot and injuries do happen!

We automatically convert prices from the local currency that a host receives to your chosen currency. We update our exchange rates on a daily basis so this does mean that prices displayed on the site are subject to currency fluctuations, which is why you may see them change over time.

If you wish to change the currency you pay in, head to the bottom of the page.

All of our group adventures are specially designed for adults to enjoy (18+) as we want these adventures to bring together outdoorsy people who are truly like-minded. Children can be accommodated on some private departures.

You're always in good company on one of our adventures.

Our trips are typically made up of a mixture of solo travellers and small groups of 2 or 3 friends, with most in their 30s-50s.

Our sociable adventures are solo-friendly by design and naturally attract outdoorsy people with a shared mindset; a love for adventure, a desire to push themselves and meet awesome, like-minded people along the way.

It’s this camaraderie that has so often turned a great adventure into a life-changing one.

Don't just take our word for it:

  • 95% of people rate the group dynamics on our trips 5/5
  • 90% of people recommend joining a trip to make new friends
  • 75% of people have met people on our trips that they would now consider friends

See here for more info about the Much Better Adventures tribe.

Interested in a more exclusive experience? Opt for a 'Private Group' through the dates and prices tab to book this adventure for just you and your chosen companions.

Our team of Adventure Hunters create exclusive adventures with highly vetted, specialist hosts. We only work with independent, local in-destination experts who know the very best places to explore and how to stay safe. See here for more info about the local teams we partner with.


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