Our Expedition Co-ordinator, Neil Birch, is here to support local Duke of Edinburgh's Award groups with planning and delivering their expeditions. 

For any advice with expedition delivery, including ideas, plans, and support needs, please contact Neil on neil.birch@fota.org.uk or 0131 467 4753.

Open Expeditions

Our Open Expeditions bring together participants from across Edinburgh and surrounding areas who have missed an expedition or who wouldn't otherwise be able to complete expeditions.

Expedition Volunteers

We are seeking adults with knowledge of the outdoors, to volunteer as Expedition Supervisors, Assessors, Assistant Leaders and in our Kit Store.

DofE Groups within the City of Edinburgh can ask for help with their expeditions from our Expedition Volunteer Pool. Please keep the Expedition Co-ordinator up to date with your requirements as early as possible.

Lowland Leader Award

We deliver the Mountain Training Lowland Leader Award, in partnership with the City of Edinburgh Council's Bangholm Centre for Outdoor Learning.

Equipment Hire

We maintain a well-stocked kit store where DofE groups can borrow all the specialist expedition equipment their participants may need. The Kit Store is based at The Risk Factory in Slateford. Thanks to support from Cashback for Communities, State Street Bank and Go Outdoors, and a small team of volunteers, the equipment is well maintained and up-to-date with great quality equipment and hire rates are very low.

Vehicle Hire

Local DofE groups can hire a selection of vehicles through Edinburgh Council at a discounted rate. To be able to drive a car, small van or people carrier you must hold a Small Vehicles Permit. To apply for a permit, download the booking form or for more information on Minibus Driving permits please see our Resources page or contact pam.waugh@fota.org.uk.

Leader Training

We organise a range of training courses for DofE Leaders and Expedition Voluteers around the year. Please visit our training page for more information.


We have a range of resources from registration and training through to expedition setup paperwork and accident report forms.

Bespoke Expeditions

If our Open Expeditions don't meet your requirements, please contact our Expedition Co-ordinator who will endeavour to help. We're approved by the DofE to deliver expeditions and expedition training.


Still unsure if we can offer what you need? Take a look at what some of our partners say about us! 


Thanks to our funders

We are very grateful for financial help towards our expedition support work from a wide range of organisations including: