Tom was great. He listened to what we wanted for our group and then delivered that and more, totally surpassing our expectations.
His knowledge of flora and fauna was impressive and he was fun and engaging when explaining the different ways plants were used in the past. We were able to try our hand traditional bushcraft and survival skills, something Tom is clearly an expert in. Everything was delivered in a sustainable way and we were able to learn and get involved in a way that was still sympathetic to the natural environment. Throughout the sessions, Tom's love of Scotland and nature shone through everything he did and made it an incredible experience for our group. I would highly recommend heading out into the wilderness with Tom.
Rachael Gavan, Program Manager, Wilderness Scotland.
Many thanks for a great weekend on the Highlander Survival Skills Course. Having a 17th Century theme and location added a great atmosphere to the Bushcraft course. Despite the Scottish weather apparently rearranging some of the planned itinerary (not that we were aware of it at the time). We covered a wide range of survival skills. Including – Finding a suitable spot for a night’s bivouac, knife safety, making fire by friction, game preparation for the evening meal, a local wild plant identification and hill walk with an introduction to Gaelic names and meanings then finally carving a wooden dirk.
I Would definitely recommend this course to anyone looking for a Bushcraft course with a highland theme.
John Orr, attendant of the Highlander Course 2019.
I reached out to see if he'd offer a bespoke course for me and my wife focusing on fire and foraging. When we met him he was just as friendly and passionate as he appeared in his YouTube videos.
The foraging part of the course was done during a walk through a variety of landscapes so we saw a variety of plants and fungi. Tom had lots of information on medicinal uses, edibility, and folklore of everything we encountered. We also covered a variety of techniques for lighting a fire - fire steel, flint and steel, bow drill.