Our Expedition Co-ordinator, Neil Birch, is here to support all local DofE groups with planning and delivering their expeditions. Please contact Neil to talk through your ideas, plans and support needs (read some recommendations).

For any advice with expedition delivery 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 Bangholm Outdoor Centre.


Equipment Hire

We have enough high quality kit to cater for multiple groups going out at the same time, at our base at Castlebrae Community High School. The kit store is supported by Cashback for Communities, People's Postcode Lottery, Statestreet bank and Go Outdoors.

Any participants with late equipment should contact us on (0131) 467 4753 to arrange to return it. Late fees apply.


Vehicle Hire

We are able to 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.

For more information on Minibus Driving permits please contact pam.waugh@fota.org.uk or download the forms from our resources page.

Training Dates

We hold a range of training across 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. Please click on the button below to visit our Resources Page.