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Duke of Edinburgh Award Opportunities

Open Expeditions

In the last year, over 321,000 young people have embarked on their Duke of Edinburgh journey. That is 321,000 young people developing practical skills, making new friends and enjoying the great outdoors.

West End Adventure has been part of this journey for the last ten years, providing Open Expeditions to young people across Scotland.

Organised by our team of expert outdoor instructors, our Open Expeditions provide everything you need to have a successful, and super, adventure. Scroll down to see exactly what’s included.

What’s Included?

  • Comprehensive training, advice and supervision from experienced instructors
  • Free use of all necessary kit (including tents, stoves, first aid kits and shelters)
  • All accommodation / camping fees
  • DofE Accredited Assessors for Qualifying Expedition programmes


We run a range of expeditions across Scotland. From the remote wilderness of the Cairngorms to Glen Nevis in the west, there is something for everyone to choose from.

All locations are designed with easy access to public transport and full directions will be provided in your welcome information.

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Residential Opportunities

Activity weeks on the banks of Loch Lomond

This residential opportunity is 5 days long and will allow you to try a range of outdoor activities in Scotland’s first national park.

You could be climbing Beinn Dubh on the first day and stand up paddleboarding out to Inchmurrin the next; the opportunities are endless.

At night, there will be various activities on offer from first aid training to navigation skills.

It will be a week of making new friends and challenging yourself, but most of all it will be a week of good fun!


You will meet us in the village of Luss on day 1. This area is accessible by both public transport – with bus stops within the village and a train station nearby – and car.


You will be camping throughout your residential. We will provide tents, as well as on-site shower and toilet facilities.


Food is included in the cost of your residential. We’ll provide breakfasts, lunches and dinners, as well as plenty of snacks to keep you fuelled for adventures.