Outdoor Pursuits team enjoy Rum

At the start of the summer, 26 students and 7 staff headed north in search of adventure.

The trip was focussed around a 3 day expedition on the Isle of Rum, an island off the west coast of Scotland with only around 20 inhabitants. On arrival, spirits were high and the group began the ascent of the Rum Cuillin. Having taken in the peaks of Askival and Ainshval the cloud cover came in and refuge was sought at the Dibidil bothy. The rain came and the students began to feel the force of the Scottish weather!

The next day streams had turned to raging rivers and the group made their return to the comforts of Kinloch. It was now like stepping back in time as students and staff enjoyed the beauty of completing a puzzle, playing cards and singing along to the piano. Wifi was available but the adventure had created a sense of togetherness among all the students, who now wanted to share the sense of achievement, rather than plug into their technology.

The remainder of the trip involved a BBQ on the beach, wild camping on a secluded peninsula, canyoning and mountain biking at Fort William.

Huge thanks to all the staff who gave up their time to accompany the trip and the students for being great company. It was a true wild experience.

Next year’s summer expedition will be to the Pyrenees! 

 

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Bonfire on the beach