Navigation Course

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  • Large list of equipment included (see kit list)
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1 Day
Availability : April - October
Fort William
Min Age : 16
Max People : 6

To find your way around a mountain without getting lost is one of those essential skills required in wild places like the Highlands of Scotland. The weather can change at a moments notice. Sometimes the terrain has few features to go by too. It is always good to know where you are and how to interpret a map to pinpoint your location.

On a navigation course, you will learn how to read maps properly, count steps to measure distances, time your speed and walk on a compass bearing.

Please contact us if you can’t find the right tour or dates.

Tour Details

How reliable is your navigation in the hills and do you use more than a map and compass to get yourself up and down a hill? Do you know what missing contour lines are? Find out more on our one-day navigation course. We can teach you how to navigate in the Scottish hill down to about the finest details of your map. And we only use map and compass to get ourselves from A to B. Have a look at what skills you can pick up when you pick our navigation brains.

We hope this gives you a hint of what we deliver. By the end of the day, you will have learned all the skills you need to be a good navigator in the hills and don’t depend on others to do that part.

Can’t find the right date or trip? Simply contact us and we will try our best to organise a different date for you.



Fort William Area

Start Time


Price Includes

  • Silva Compass
  • 1:50,000 laminated map

Price Excludes

  • Mountain equipment
  • Food
  • Accommodation


  • Limited availiability for a lift to the hills
What to Expect

Unexplored Scotland has been running navigation courses for over 10 year now and is happy to pass on all the experience and little tricks to find your ways around the mountains with just a map and compass.

Kit List
What We Provide
  • Silva Compass
  • Laminated MapWe provide laminated maps but it is better to have your own map case and map. (see below)
What You Need to Bring
  • Clothing suitable for a days hillwalkingbase layer, fleece, trousers, normal over trousers (preferably synthetics or wool, no cotton as it cools the body when wet)
  • Wrist watch with stopwatch
  • Rucksack (day size usually 25-35L)
  • Waterproof Jacket
  • Waterproof Trousers
  • Gloves (even in summer)
  • Sun cream
  • Warm Hat
  • Sun glasses
  • Ortlieb A5 map case (if possible)
  • OS Langranger Map 41 Ben Nevis 1:50,000 (if possible)

9:00amFort Wiliam, Scotland

Meet in Fort William and the make our way to a suitable hill for navigation.

10:00amMountains near Fort William

Start navigation with some pacing and map reading. We will also cover timing measure distances and walk on compass bearings.

3:00pmMountains near Fort William

By mid afternoon we should have covered all there is to know about navigation and should be back off the mountain.

4:00pmFort William, Scotland

We should be back in Fort William, which concludes the course


Required Experience

  • Some hillwalking experience
  • Should be able to walk to munro height