Gold Residential

Shared tasks, shared learning and exciting opportunities await groups of like-minded participants in the wilds of the Highlands. If you have been inspired by your experiences during your bronze and silver awards and are keen to develop your interest, this is the perfect place for you.

Gold Award

At the gold level of the award there is an additional requirement to attend a residential. This should be over a minimum of five days. We have the ideal place for a totally unique experience, different to any other residential courses you may have taken part in before. Please ensure that you have spoken to your DofE Leader before booking on the course to check they are happy that it can be used for your residential section. The week will be based at our newly refurbished accommodation in Applecross, Wester Ross. Hartfield House has a range of accommodation and facilities that make it an exceptional location for many reasons:

  • Comfortable, cosy dorm rooms (max. 5 sharing)
  • Spacious social areas
  • Self-catering kitchens for all guests
  • Large lawn and gardens
  • Substantial indoor gym-hall
  • Outdoor equipment store
  • Drying room (for the occasional rainy day)
  • Classrooms with A/V capabilities and free wi-fi
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Applecross is an area of significant social, environmental and historical interest. The content of the week will interweave stories of significance from these elements. You will have the opportunity to learn about and delve deeper into the ways that humans have adapted to the land over the centuries in rural communities. The focus is on this unique, captivating environment and taking up it's offerings for adventure.

During each day we will embark on a selection of locally focused environmental projects as well as adventurous activities. This will include time spent understanding the social structure of the community with local experts, time with local rangers, stalkers and ghillies, rock climbing, canoeing and coasteering and an overnight camp at a disused croft site. Evening sessions will offer a mix of calm and reflective time with learning new skills such as mask making, green wood working, willow weaving and wool dying.

Included in the package

  • Return transfers from Inverness train station/airport
  • All transportation and cost of materials during the course
  • All food and accommodation
  • All activities and instruction