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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


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Adventures / Adventure School

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


United Kingdom


1 day off work




Up to 8 people


Largs Marina, Scotland


Wild camping



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

COVID-19 Information

Our local host has provided some important information about any changes to the trip, and additional safety measures in place, as a result of COVID-19.

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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!



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

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.

What about all the carbon?

We mitigate 4x the carbon generated by all our customer flights annually through our partnership with Cool Earth.

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?

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.

Day 1

Take to the water

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

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

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.

Please Note

All our adventures take place in wild places. Things can go wrong in wild places. Your perfectly planned itinerary may change a bit (or a lot) if the weather turns, someone gets hurt, or a volcano erupts. Usually though, changes make it all the better.

15% Off Outdoor Gear

In need of a few more items? All bookings receive a 15% discount on us to use at Cotswold Outdoor, Snow + Rock, Runner's Need, and Cycle Surgery.

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

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.

All of our group adventures are specifically designed for adults to enjoy (18+) as we want them to bring together outdoorsy people who are truly likeminded.

“I cannot recommend this highly enough! The people on the trip were amazing. Easily the best trip I’ve ever been on!” Charlotte, 2019, Trustpilot.

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Transferrable Deposits

Cancel up to 31 days before departure and we'll transfer your deposit into credit for a future booking.

Free Date Changes

Free date changes up to 31 days before departure.

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