Outdoor Pursuits

Scotland provides a great variety of outdoor opportunities and Fettes College is perfectly placed to benefit from these wonderful resources. Outdoor Pursuits has a long tradition at Fettes and all our students have the opportunity for an adventure.

Develop personal and group skills

Every year we run events designed to develop personal and group skills, and we do so with the help of the Outward Bound Trust and Abernethy Trust. Large numbers of our students successfully complete the expedition element in journeys that include canoes and sea kayaks, walking or cycling expeditions.

We also organise regular events to support smaller groups. Some events you are likely to see on the school calendar are things such as mountain biking in the borders, playboating at Grantully Rapids, and learning winter mountain skills on Ben Lawers.

The outdoor skills students acquire during these excursions are often applied to more challenging expeditions in Scotland and all over the world. Past expeditions have sent students canoeing on Baffin Island and the north of Sweden, sea kayaking off Vancouver Island, and even climbing in the alps.

Adventure is our aim

Adventure is what we aim to achieve, but safety is paramount. All our instructors hold the relevant National Governing Body qualifications and, when necessary, we have the advantage of being able to draw from the diverse skills of the Instructor community in Scotland.