Our Expedition Co-ordinator, Neil Birch, is here to support all 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.

Bespoke Expeditions

Do you have a specific expedition need for an individual, a group or multiple groups? We can set up bespoke walking expeditions for you, using close to 20 years of experience to ensure the participants get the best experience in a safe and positive environment. We are able to run expedition a range of training sessions as well as practice and qualifying expeditions across all Duke of Edinburgh's Award Levels. 


Lowland Leader Award

We deliver the Mountain Training Lowland Leader Award, in partnership with the City of Edinburgh Council Outdoor Learning Centre (based at 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.


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: