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Amara Woodland Croft, Huntly, Aberdeenshire, Scotland

 Former Ray Mears Instructor, teaching since 1999

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…...The WILD is waiting for YOU!

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We offer a wide range of fantastic Bushcraft, Survival & Crofting courses, training and expeditions to meet your needs, including courses and training for children, adults, groups, schools and all abilities.

Our Bushcraft & Crofting courses can cover a wide range of subjects and are run over 1 day or more at our own purpose built centre or at carefully selected locations. These are NOT BOOT CAMPS or run in a military style, but are an enjoyable and educational experience run in a friendly and fun manner.

In order to provide you with a high level competency, we concentrate on practical skills backed-up by sound knowledge and advice

All of our courses and teambuilding events have been specially des​igned and constructed to ensure that our clients receive the maximum benefits from our professional instruction.

We have a high level of experience and expertise, which enables us to teach a very expansive range of subjects, to many to list on here. Therefore if you require a course or event which is not listed on this website, please contact us to discuss your specific requirement

Are you new to bushcraft or experienced in the outdoors?

We have a range of courses to suit all ages and abilities; from a 1 day course in a specific subject to a full blown Arctic Expedition. With over 15 years experience teaching Bushcraft and Survival skills, we can even offer a tailored courses, training or events.

The majority of our courses are run from our very own purpose built woodland croft, which has authentic teepee's and is especially designed to maximize your training outcome, and provide a realistic and comfortable setting.

Nature is a great place to learn and bring the family together, and we have a range of  fantastic Family and Child friendly courses, which are designed to be both fun and educational.


All of our Family and Childrens Bushcraft courses are run in a safe and secure environment and help to develop confidence, personal and social skills.

These courses are run at weekends and in local school holidays but we are able to accommodate courses outwith these times, and also provide individually tailored courses, training and expeditions.

Our staff are fully PVG checked, have first aid training and are experienced in working with children

Adult Courses




We have 2 great adult Taster courses to offer; Adult Taster & Winter Taster course. Both are a great introduction to Bushcraft and Survival skills and are run from our very own purpose built woodland training centre.

During these 2 day courses we will introduce you to a range of skills such as fire lighting, shelters, woodcarving and tracking. We ensure that you are comfortable and well fed, so that you will learn much quicker and be able to become fully immersed in this amazing subject.

There is also the option to use one of our authentic teepee's as your accommodation, if you don't fancy a tent or natural shelter.

We ensure that you are comfortable and well fed, so that you will learn much quicker and be able to become fully immersed in this amazing subject.

We can also provide you with accommodation, in the form of a large, if you don't have your own.

We are able to offer these courses, and more, on demand. These include courses over 1/2 day or more for individuals and groups. Please contact us for an informal chat to discuss your requirements

2 Day Taster Course



Taking some of the skills and techniques that we teach on our Arctic Expeditions and courses we shall be setting up an expedition teepee with a wood burning stove and showing you how to build a natural shelter suitable for extreme cold.

There will be advice on how to to keep warm and dry in all weathers and we shall show you to light fires in wet and cold conditions and introduce you to the safe use of the axe.

There will be tips and advice on what clothing systems to use and the correct equipment for cold environments, plus we shall be utilising natural materials and useful items for catching food

We are able to offer these courses, and more, on demand. These include courses over 1/2 day or more for individuals and groups. Please contact us for an informal chat to discuss your requirements

Minimum age: 16 years.

Catering: Fully catered (please contact us to discuss special dietary requirements)



2 Day Winter Taster Course



During this 5 day course we teach you the skills and knowledge that will enable you to 'smooth it' and be comfortable among nature.

under the expert guidance and supervision of your instructors, you will gain knowledge and practical Bushcraft and Survival skills that will give you the confidence to delve deeper into this fascinating subject.

Our approach to teaching Bushcraft & Survival is to ‘Learn by doing’ and ‘Practise what we teach’, therefore once you have learnt ‘the basics’ we put these into practise by heading off into the forest and start to build on these skills and expanding your individual knowledge and abilities.

Once completing this course you will have a sound foundation of skills and knowledge that will allow you have the confidence and ability to live comfortably in wild areas.

We are able to offer these courses, and more, on demand. These include courses over 1/2 day or more for individuals and groups. Please contact us for an informal chat to discuss your requirements

Minimum age: 16 years.

Catering: Fully catered (please contact us to discuss special dietary requirements)

7 Day Root Skills of Bushcraft Course

'We don't go to the green woods and crystal clear water to 'rough it', we go to 'smooth it''.



To utilise many natural materials requires the ability to expertly and safely use a knife, in order to make what we need.

This course will teach you a range of carving techniques that will allow you to produce a range of useful and beautiful items. We guarantee that you will be hooked on spoon carving after this course.

Our expert carving instructors, will also show how to maintain and sharpen your carving knife to a razor sharp finish. They will also show you how to select the correct knife and appropriate woods.

We are able to offer these courses, and more, on demand. These include courses over 1/2 day or more for individuals and groups. Please contact us for an informal chat to discuss your requirements

Minimum age: 16 years.

Catering: Lunch and light refreshments. (please contact us to discuss special dietary requirements)

Start time: 17:00  at Huntly. We can arrange pick-up from Huntly train station.

Finish time: 16:00 .

1 Day Spoon-carving Course



The axe is the tool of Northern Bushcraft but too many people, can seem like a cumbersome and awkward tool. During this 2 day course we dispell this myth and show you that an axe can be a very versatile tool. With our guidance and advice we will show you how to skillfully and accurately chop, split, fell and carve.

We are able to offer these courses, and more, on demand. These include courses over 1/2 day or more for individuals and groups. Please contact us for an informal chat to discuss your requirements

Minimum age: 16 years.

Catering: Self Catering.

Start time: 17:00  at Huntly. We can arrange pick-up from Huntly train station.

Finish time: 15:00 .

2 Day Axe Workshop Course

Child & Family Bushcraft Courses



We have 3 fantastic Family Taster courses to offer; Family Taster, Winter Family Taster and the Extended Family Taster course. All of these courses are designed to include the entire family and to be fun and educational.

We focus on practical skills backed-up by sound knowledge, and put into practice what we learn.

The range of subjects vary from fire-lighting, shelters, cooking, plant and tree identification, woodcarving, tracking and more.

Each of the 3 courses are different, but are all run in a friendly and professional manner on our own woodland croft.

We are able to offer these courses, and more, on demand. These include courses over 1/2 day or more for individuals and groups. Please contact us for an informal chat to discuss your requirements

Minimum age: 3 years.

Catering: Fully Catered.

Start time: 17:00 (Friday) at Huntly. We can arrange pick-up from Huntly train station.

Finish time: 15:00 Sunday.

2 Day Family Taster Course



This 3 day and 2 night course gives your family the chance to advance your bushcraft skills  together. The first day will cover some fundamental skills such as basic navigation, safety, fire-lighting and tarp shelter.

On the second day we shall travel a short distance from our croft to an extensive forest, where we make camp and put into practise the skills we have previously learnt. Here you will need to cook over your own fire and we shall show you how to make some useful gadgets to keep you more comfortable.

On the final day we return to Amara Croft for fire by friction and fun tracking games!

We are able to offer these courses, and more, on demand. These include courses over 1/2 day or more for individuals and groups. Please contact us for an informal chat to discuss your requirements

Minimum age: 3 years.

Catering: Fully Catered.

Start time: 17:00 (Friday) at Huntly. We can arrange pick-up from Huntly train station.

Finish time: 15:00 Sunday.

3 Day Extended Family Taster Course



The silence of nature during the winter, with the frost in the air and snow on the ground, is fantastic but the sound of children laughing and playing is even better.


We are able to offer these courses, and more, on demand. These include courses over 1/2 day or more for individuals and groups. Please contact us for an informal chat to discuss your requirements

Minimum age: 3 years.

Catering: Fully Catered.

Start time: 17:00 (Friday) at Huntly. We can arrange pick-up from Huntly train station.

Finish time: 15:00 Sunday.

2 Day Winter Family Taster Course


The silence of nature during the winter, with the frost in the air and snow on the ground, is fantastic but the sound of children laughing and playing is even better.


We are able to offer these courses, and more, on demand. These include courses over 1/2 day or more for individuals and groups. Please contact us for an informal chat to discuss your requirements

Minimum age: 3 years.

Catering: Fully Catered.

Start time: 17:00 (Friday) at Huntly. We can arrange pick-up from Huntly train station.

Finish time: 15:00 Sunday.




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We can offer a range of training courses and specialist events to meet your exact requirements. It does if you are an organisation requiring a team building event, specialist training or an individual or family that wish to learn new skills.

Our bespoke Bushcraft and Survival courses can be run over ½ a day or more, from our own woodland in Aberdeenshire or from locations across UK, Sweden and Norway.

Some of the subjects we can cover: Fire-lighting (including friction) Swedish wood carving, Tracking, Plantlore, Wild foods, Camp-fire Cookery, Shelters, Primitive Technology and much more.

Please Contact Us to discuss your requirements.

Have you ever dreamt of travelling through the far North of Europe and learning you to live comfortably in some of the most stunning natural environments on the planet? Our unique bushcraft expeditions are truly a trip of a life-time, as not only will you learn sought-after Bushcraft skills and knowledge from our expert instructors but also learn about dying cultures and lost history.

We can also provide bespoke Expeditions and support throughout the North.

Please Contact Us to discuss your bespoke Expedition requirements.