Spear fishing, harpooning on the beach

Course Dates 2017


March     17 - 19 24 - 26 31 - 2 Apr

April 31 Mar - 2 7 - 9 14 - 16 21 - 22 28 - 30

May       26 - 28  

June 2 - 4 9 - 11 16 - 18 RHS 30 - 2 Jun

July 30 Jun - 2 7 - 9 14 - 16   28 - 30

August 4 - 6 11 - 13 WG  

September 1 - 3 8 - 10 15 - 17 22 - 24  

November 3 - 5 10 - 12 17 - 19 24 - 26  

Hunter Gatherer 7 - 11 May

to book Hunter Gatherer course, please click info & booking link

Beachcomber 21 - 23 Jul        

Native Paths 8 - 13 Sep      


2 - 8 Oct

9 - 15 Oct


Buckskin Hide Tanning 27 - 29 Oct        




The above courses may have bookings already. Please confirm your specific date by telephone or email.





News: Patrick is teaming up with the legendary Will Lord from Beyond 2000BC for 2 new courses in 2017! In May we have the Hunter Gatherer 2 and in July the Coastal Hunter Gatherer.  Together they will deliver a truly prehistoric & unique experience! Course info is available on our Courses page, or by clicking Hunter Gatherer info & booking link

Backwoods have been asked to exhibit & give talks at this years Royal Highland Show , a fantastic family event in Edinburgh running 22 - 25 June 2017

Follow Patrick's progress on his traditional Greenland kayak build on our Facebook page

Catch up with our most recent media work, news & photos on the Backwoods Facebook page   


Backwoods in the media:

Patrick shows how to make biscuits from acorns on BBC Landward on 15 Nov

Patrick is presenting with BBC Landward from the Royal Highland Show at Ingliston on Sun 23 June

Interview with Patrick on his Greenland kayak project on BBC Out of Doors show on Sat 16 March

Interview on wilderness survival in the Herald magazine Sat 23 Feb

Catch up with Patrick and writer Rebecca McQuillan, out foraging in the Scottish winter woodlands in the Sunday Herald on 13 Jan

Patrick is presenting a 3 part mini-series on woodland crafts on BBC Landward over Nov/Dec

Patrick features with Euan McIlwraith on BBC Scotland's Out of Doors show on Saturday 15th Oct & BBC iPlayer, lighting fire by friction, using fish traps in the river and cooking up freshwater eel for lunch

Listen to Patrick chatting to DJ Simon Pauley on Insight Radio, the radio station of the

RNIB on Wed 3rd Aug at 11am

See Patrick as you've never seen him before as he tests Derek Thornton to the limits in the hilarious Derek's dreaming again on BBC1 NI (Sky 973) on Mon 27 June at 10.35pm & BBC iplayer

Patrick features in June's TGO magazine, discussing firelighting skills and bushcraft

Just finished filming another 4-part wild foods mini series with chef Nick Nairn for BBC's Landward 

cooking up some springtime delicacies, starting on Fri 27th May at 7pm

Patrick cooks up some wild foods with Nick Nairn in BBC2's Landward over 3 weeks,

starting with shellfish & seaweeds on Fri 10th Dec 7pm

Just back from filming in the snow with author Steve Rinella for new US TV series The Wild Within

Read an interview with Patrick in the Sun newspaper

Patrick appears with Nick Nairn in BBC2's "Landward" to be aired over 3 episodes in December

Watch out for Patrick foraging wild foods with Prof Iain Stewart in BBC's Making Scotland's Landscape"

on BBC1, starting Sunday 24 Oct

School holidays are here - so it must be time for  Patrick to have some fun with STV's Dad's School!

Hear Patrick discussing bushcraft on Radio Scotland's Fred MacAuley show (start at 30 mins)

Reporter Gayle Ritchie writes in the Daily Record about her introduction to bushcraft and wilderness living skills on our Backwoodsman Course.

Read about writer Kevin Rushby's experiences on our Backwoodsman Course and how he put his bushcraft skills to the test in the Scottish wilderness in the April edition of GQ Magazine

See Patrick on Living TV's Meet The Hasselhoffs, giving TV star David Hasselhoff (The Hoff) and his family a light hearted introduction to wilderness living skills. See the video here (start at 3.30mins)

              See Patrick on STV's The Hour Show, taking TV personality Michelle McManus out for a day in the woods to learn some bushcraft skills



Please Call 0141 641 2055 or email at info@backwoodsurvival.co.uk to find out more