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The Journeyman Course

Taking your Skills Further

The Journeyman course is best described as an inoculation against adversity. This challenging and life affirming experience prepares you for serious wilderness travel by arming you with the knowledge to make the correct decisions when it counts.

As previous graduates can attest however, the Journeyman course is far more than this; it is a journey on the internal scale which will temper both your skills and your spirit and leave you with a greater understanding of both yourself and your potential.

Further Information

The Woodlore Journeyman course is an extraordinary opportunity to further your knowledge of bushcraft and put your skills to the test in a challenging environment. A progression from the Fundamental Bushcraft course, it prepares you to journey with a deeper understanding of the natural, its opportunities, its trials and how you respond to them. This is not a test of toughness or resilience to hardship, but an opportunity to banish any hardship and thrive by combining the gifts of Mother Nature with your own ability.

The Fundamental Bushcraft course will have given you a solid grounding in essential skills and a taste of the possibilities open to you. The Journeyman will now take you deeper into your understanding of both yourself and the natural world. No longer one of the uninitiated, you will be treated as skilled and competent as more specialist knowledge is imparted and techniques demonstrated.

You will spend the first two days learning more advanced techniques from the Woodlore team and are very privileged to be able to welcome various specialists to teach during this phase. Learn how to identify, collect tasty wild mushrooms from a mycologist with over a decade of experience. Watch and listen to the estate’s Ghillie, a skilled hunter and trapper, as he demonstrates how to trap, and shows you the fascinating process of making a freshly killed large mammal ready for the table. These unique lessons will prepare you for the next stage of the course.

For the following three days, you will move to a new location as a small group with the aim of putting all that you've learnt into practice. Imagine pushing through the physical effects of food deprivation and walking into the forest equipped only with the most basic equipment essential for survival. Imagine then, using nothing but your skill, knowledge and determination to make fire, build a shelter, forage for wild mushrooms and plants and hunt or fish for game. Imagine being successful in all of these things and feeling the exhilaration of becoming a journeyman.

This course starts at 18:00 on Sunday and will finish at 14:30 on Saturday.


Meals will be provided for the first two days, after which you will forage for food and live off the land, therefore if you have special dietary requirements please let us know on your consent form or contact the office.

Course Site

The Journeyman course will take place at an expedition style camp in Perthshire, Scotland. The camp is situated in beautiful private woodland with no public access with lots of wildlife including deer, owls, badgers, fox and butterflies. We do not have shower/toilet blocks at our sites, therefore all aspects of the course will have a fantastic wilderness feel.

We have a car park at the course site where you your car will be kept during the course (if you bring one).

Other Details

Joining instructions will be sent to participants of the course 9 weeks before it is due to start, giving details of where to meet, at what time, and what to bring with you.

Dates, Costs and Bookings

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Course Reviews

The Journeyman Course is rated 5/5 based on 12 customer reviews.

All of our reviews are from people who have attended our courses.

Overall Rating:


  1 of 12

  Really super course, a long time coming for me. The staff were excellent, and the level of tuition was well pitched and also balanced with an expectation of significant independence from the attendees which I thought was entirely appropriate. The survival phase was just a brilliant challenge, and also appropriately briefed and 'overwatched'. Thoroughly enjoyed it, would recommend, and will be looking to come back for other courses in UK and hopefully expeditions abroad as well. Toby  


Rated: 5/5

  2 of 12

  I would like to start by saying thank you to all the staff involved in running the course. As always they were great! Not to say too much about the course due to Woodlore wanting to keep the contents of the course a secret for future clients and to help keep the excitement and wonder behind the course. But what I will say is this: in my time of doing outdoors courses in a whole range of different activities, the Journeyman course is possibly the most rewarding course I have undertaken to date. Its a great chance to practice some of those bushcraft skills for real, as well as learn new ones within the week. Without a doubt a five star course if you really want to test your skills for real. Thanks, Tom, Dave, Steve & Claudia  


Rated: 5/5

  3 of 12

  One week after completing this course I have worked out what I want to say! It's a brilliant course, you learn about your bushcraft skills as much as you learn new stuff. Although there is new stuff in there, and important stuff too, especially this week. You have to be on point with the core bushcraft skills you already have, and personally I'd suggest doing a course after the Fundamental and before The Journeyman will be of great benefit. Doing this right after your basic Fundamental would, in my opinion, put extra pressures on you, as I'd suggest you won't have built up the skill set to enable you to have confidence to tackle some of the tasks. But you know your own you, but be advised. That said if you get into a good group, which I did, then you will still struggle but it will not be as bad. The week is as much mental challenges as physical ones and your head needs to be in top gear too! The instructors are excellent at passing on information and messing with your head the entire time you're there. Claudia really knows her stuff and is a really good source of knowledge. Expect to be cold, wet and hungry at most stages of the week. If you're unlucky with the weather it will be all week! Oh and the Woodlore tradition of your clothes and you and your kit smelling of wood smoke for a week afterwards is nicely upheld too! I met some really good people and had some great laughs, or were they hysterical sobs? :) All in all, do it! It's an adventure you'll always remember and the lessons learned will stand you in good stead in the world outside the woods too. Many thanks to everyone who shared it with me, but especially to Tom, Dave, Steve, Claudia, Kai and Norman for the best week I've ever spent clothed! P.S. Top tips. Only bring what's on the kit list and don't bother bringing an axe, you'll only be carrying extra weight in your bag on the way to Dunkeld!  


Rated: 5/5

  4 of 12

  This is an amazing course! I highly recommend it to everyone who’s done the Fundamental Bushcraft course. Yes it’s hard, but if you have the perseverance and drive to keep going - you will succeed. It was an interesting experience watching how oneself and others coped with the challenges and how we reacted to each other in any given circumstance. I wasn’t going to do the Journeyman at all but was eventually and reluctantly persuaded - thanks for encouraging me to do this one guys. I’m glad I did it. Would I do it again? Yes I would, but there’s no need. Forget the scare stories you may or may not have heard - just do it. I think everyone in the whole country should do it! Just study and practice as far as you can what we’ve all been taught by Woodlore, and as long as you take initiative and stay positive, you’ll be fine.  


Rated: 5/5

  5 of 12

  Having just completed the Journeyman Course this October 2017 I will write my review whilst it is still fresh in my memory and whilst not giving too much away for anyone wanting to think about doing the course. Think long and hard as this is not a jolly and not for the feint hearted. It stretched me beyond where I thought it would. Ray M gave us a pep talk on the first full day and started with, “You know absolutely nothing and this will be the start of your journey.” I sort of got what he was saying but fully understood what he was saying by the end of the week. You have to be 100% on top of your game in every aspect because when you start the week you may start at 100% but that will very quickly disappear and you might be operating at 60% by the end of the week. That’s if you're at 100%. Not one of us was 100% at the top of our game. Everyone found it hard. There were times where you felt good and times in the week where even the little things were hard. You find out a lot about yourself and others. Patience is a virtue. Got on really well with the guys and one girl. We all had strengths to offer and where you might find some aspect hard, others were on hand to help. The main thing I learnt was one can have all kit and go into the woods and all you’ll be doing is playing at things Bushcraft but this Journeyman is the real deal. You have to be on top of your game. Would I do it again? No, because I would know what was coming. Has the course made me more determined to get up to that 100% in my own skill level, then yes. Absolutely. Loved the water challenge and the group work. Loved learning more on foraging from Nev, who was fantastic by the way, and learning by outcome. Low point for me was lack of sleep. I just did not sleep well. I was worried about the long drive back when we finished the course on the Saturday and found I had to take it slow on the way back. I would have taken the train there and back knowing what I know now. Maybe something to think about. Miss the group as it was without doubt the best group I have been with out of the other courses I have been on. Great bunch. Looking forward to getting out in my woods and putting into practice and extending what I have learnt. Instructors where very professional and incredibly knowledgeable. Well run and thank you guys. Still can’t believe I paid to go on it, but I did it and feel immensely proud that I finished it and completed all tasks. Go for it but know it will be tough and test you in every way possible and in other ways you never thought about. Have fun.  


Rated: 5/5

  6 of 12

  Utterly surreal. Only afterwards, as the dust settles, do all the light bulbs really start to go on. I shall be digesting this for a long time, no doubt grinning as I do so, knowing what we are capable of and understanding what really matters in a survival situation, because we have been taken there. Sure, getting your jab stings a little, but the inoculation - just like the experience itself - will stay with you forever.  


Rated: 5/5

  7 of 12

  The furthest I have ever been out of my comfort zone - which means it was the most memorable experience I've had. Well worth doing. An experience to remember.  


Rated: 5/5

  8 of 12

  Having attended several bushcraft courses over the years both with Woodlore and others, I decided I was looking for an experience beyond the standard learning but still with plenty of opportunity to absorb new skills. I had no doubt, having attended Woodlore courses previously, that experiencing the Woodlore Journeyman was a journey I wished to absorb and what an incredible journey it turned out to be. There is much anticipation as the week begins but I soon found myself flowing with the pace and thoroughly enjoying being back in the stunning Perthshire woods under the guidance of a fantastic team of instructors. The approach of the Journeyman and learning shifts so as to recognise and utilize your existing skill set, the learning continues but what you learn now becomes lessons from the mistakes you make just as in a true wilderness situation, but with the support of the brilliant Woodlore team at the perfect distance. As the week unfolds the journey is clearly one you take within yourself as well as your growing confidence in your physical skill set and your important role within your team. Moral is what you make it and with a good attitude the experience grows richer, your team binds and great friends are made. Instructor Keith commented at the beginning of the week saying the more you put in, the more you will get out, whilst true of all walks of life the experience I took away from having put the effort in became one of the richest experiences I have known, and one I know I shall reflect upon for a long time. Finding out about yourself and what you are capable of in adversity, learning to grow with your skill set , connecting with nature and making great like-minded friends and the added confidence to venture further into wilderness travel with the right mindset are just some of the things I took away from the Woodlore Journeyman this autumn. Thank you hugely to Dan, Keith, Rob, Claudia and Peter and all of the guys on the Journey with me that week for a most amazing and memorable time.  


Rated: 5/5

  9 of 12

  Thank you for a fantastic, challenging, rewarding experience - I loved every moment. The Journeyman...it's good for the Journeywoman too!  


Rated: 5/5

  10 of 12

  Very simply, the best course I've ever done. Thanks to Brian, Keith, Tom and Claudia. Also to the other course participants. An superb experience. If you think you might like it, you will.  


Rated: 5/5

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