Hartz Highlands

Immerse yourself in the wilderness. Learn how to survive and work together to face unknown challenges in the Scottish Highlands.

Express interest for 2024

Start your journey to expedition with us today and explore the landscape of the Scottish Highlands.

Hartz Highlands takes British Exploring Society’s unique approach, based around Adventure, Knowledge and Personal Development, to a slightly more accessible location. It’s one of two expedition programmes that we run in the UK.

From the base camp in the highlands, Young Explorers will get to plan their own expedition – working with their expedition Leader teams to choose their trekking objectives, plan their routes and agree their remote campsites. This is a unique opportunity to challenge yourself and to truly experience the wilderness of the UK like never before.

Whilst this is a complete, self-contained expedition journey in itself, it may also act as a stepping stone onto future adventures and our international expeditions.

Please note you must be a British citizen or UK resident to join one of our expedition programmes.

  • Applications are open for 2024
  • Age 16-21
  • Young Explorers to fundraise towards the charity
  • 24th July - 6th August 2024 (+/- 3 Days) 2 Weeks
  • Induction Weekend 10th - 12th May 2024
  • Scotland
  • Not Required for British passport holders
  • Recommended vaccinations for life in the UK

It grew my social skills, fitness, care for the environment and self-awareness...

Niveah - Young Explorer, Hartz Scottish Explorers 2023

Led by experts, the expedition has been designed to take you out of your comfort zone in a challenging yet safe environment, with a real focus on the skills and personal development you will gain from the experience. The safety and support of our Explorers is the cornerstone on which we build and develop an expedition from conception through to departure and return.

The vast majority of young people return from our expeditions with a wealth of new-found practical skills, new friends-for-life and a real sense of personal development – all of which can have tangible benefits for the future.

What's Included?

  • An adventurous expedition programme built on 90 years of experience
  • An induction weekend to help prepare you for your expedition
  • British Exploring Society Expedition Certificate
  • Support with your Duke of Edinburgh Award (residential only)
  • Participation in the ‘Explorer Celebrations’ reunion and reflection event after expedition
  • Lifetime membership of British Exploring Society
  • Support to continue your development journey after expedition

What's Involved?

  • You will have the opportunity to explore the natural world, being mentored and supported by expert leaders, alongside expedition medics, scientists and adventure professionals
  • Work towards a Fundraising Challenge to develop your confidence and gain invaluable skills to help you in adult life and employment
  • Enjoy a diverse programme of scientific study and research and take part in creative media projects to document your expedition.
  • Build your character, resilience, determination and teamworking ability while exploring amazing wilderness
  • The opportunity for DofE participants to complete the residential section of their Duke of Edinburgh’s Award.


It doesn't matter where your starting point is; you'll return with more confidence in your own abilities; greater resilience, determination and courage - and a sense of self-belief that will stay with you for life.



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