Badgers Wood

It’s Very Good to be in Badgers Wood

Tue 10 Oct 2017

Following a recent unannounced visit from the Care Inspectorate to our Outdoor Nursery site in Elgin, we are delighted to share that our nature-based and child–led learning approach has gained significant recognition. The inspection report published very recently.  It noted:

Children were being given inspiring opportunities to grow and develop, be adventurous, build their resilience and be active, independent and innovative in their play and learning.

The four quality themes inspected - Care and Support, Environment, Management and Leadership, Staffing – received grades of Very Good or higher, with the Environment theme receiving the highest grade of Excellent.

The report went on to highlight the nursery’s welcoming environment and warm atmosphere, as:

Staff continued to provide a safe, fun, enabling and nurturing environment for children outdoors, giving them the time and space to develop their ideas and use their imagination and ingenuity to create a dynamic environment where they could explore, discover, experiment with and enjoy making their own.

We are extremely proud of this result which follows a year of dedication, hard work, learning and enjoyment from all of the team at our Elgin nursery with continued support from colleagues across the other Stramash sites and its Board.

Board Member, Rachel Cowper of Inspiring Scotland said:

I warmly welcome this excellent report from the Care Inspectorate and I congratulate the team in Elgin for the quality of the outdoor play-based learning that they offer the children attending Badgers Wood.

The view of our children and their parents/carers is, of course, central to the life of the nursery with one parent commenting:

My child loves Stramash….. it is an amazing opportunity to be given for our children to experience nature and their natural environment safely and with the freedom to explore and develop

This result builds upon the growing evidence of the benefits of outdoor learning.  Stramash children grow and develop with the seasons, discovering and learning in real life and as a response to the natural environment. 

Maggie Tierney, CEO, Stramash Social Enterprise
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Alastair Davidson, Team Leader, Elgin
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Launch of Stramash Training Programme for 2017/18

Thu 31 Aug 2017

As well as the set training dates above, there is potential for us to provide these courses for individual organisations.  We may also be able to provide consultancy visits, bespoke CPD opportunities and advice aimed at supporting practitioners and organisations to achieve best practice in the outdoors and/or set up and improve an outdoor space for learning and play.  Please contact us for further details. 

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What we do

Mon 19 Sep 2016

We make a positive difference in the lives of children, young people and adults through the Scottish outdoors. We help people realise their full potential in life through the outdoors. We encourage the future generations to understand, protect and enhance Scotland’s unique environment, culture and communities through experiential learning, holistic education and stewardship.

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More than activities

Stramash is a social enterprise and a registered charity that uses the outdoor environment to provide life changing experiences while at the same time promoting understanding and stewardship of the environment. We currently have a number of projects we are working on including an apprenticeship scheme for local young people and a wide range of outdoor learning projects. We also own and manage a 30 acre woodland of ancient oak trees and operate three outdoor pre-school nurseries in different parts of Scotland.

Wild About Gardens

Fri 20 Nov 2015

We celebrated wild about gardens week by investigating and learning about some of the creatures that live at nursery. The children were fascinated by slimy slugs, creating their own slime and working out what does a slug like to eat? As winter is well on it’s way now, we followed the story of Hodge the hedgehog who loves to eat slugs and we made our very own hedgehog home for Hodge to hibernate.

We invited families to ‘Come and Play’ to help us learn more about the birds that come into our gardens, and we have been getting some fantastic ideas from parents and children on how we can encourage more wildlife to Stramash in our new wildlife area.
In the coming weeks we’ll be getting our hands dirty planting up our new trees to make a small hedge (donated from the Woodland Trust). The hedge will be made up of native species; dog rose, hawthorn, holly and hazel, great for attracting wildlife.

Fire week

Tue 13 Oct 2015

We practiced fire drills and learnt about how to light fires safely. We had busy fire fighters putting out fires all week running from their fire station to the fire engine and climbing up and down ladders. The children and the staff also had the opportunity to practice using fire extinguishers.This time instead of toasting marshmallows over the fire we made natural dye boiling onion skin and beetroot. Our tie dye looks fantastic!
We discussed how to proceed in case of an emergency and we now know to call 999.

Oban Early Years Team

Exploring our senses

Tue 01 Sep 2015

Lots of things had happened at Stramash Oban Nursery over the last week.

Last Monday we had a visit from the Scottish Government Minister Richard Lochhead.

As you might know our themes for this half term are “All about me” and “People who help us” with a specific focus on Numeracy and Social Studies. Last week it was all about our senses, so the children have been exploring their senses through the outdoors. Some of the activities they have taken part were making perfumes with smelly plants and flowers, making orange juice and tasting it, meeting trees though feeling its bark, observing through binoculars and magnifying glasses and listening with the help of our “listening jewels”.
Last Friday some of our children also enjoyed the first minibus adventure of this term going to Tesco to buy some healthy food!

Thank you all for a fantastic week!

Oban Early Years Team

Welcome back!

Mon 24 Aug 2015

First week at Stramash Oban Nursery

Dear families and friends, our first week at nursery has been very exciting and fun. The children have been exploring the nursery, playing with the staff and friends and learning about the nursery rules under the unpredictable Scottish weather. This week we have been practicing “sticky elbows” and “tidy up time”! Well done to all the children and a big thank you to parents for supporting us and helping the children this first week of nursery.

Oban Early Years Team

Stramash Family Fun Day - Inverawe - Sunday 30th August

Wed 12 Aug 2015

We are once again joining forces with Inverawe to run a fantastic day of family fun in the great outdoors.  Join us at Inverawe Country Park, near Taynuilt, on Sunday 30th August for a great day out. 

Lots of outdoor activities on offer such as canoeing, archery, fishing, orienteering, crafts and even a fire with marshmallows to toast!  Have a look at our film from last year’s event -

The event will run from 11am to 4pm and tickets cost £5 per adult, £3 per child, £13 for a family (2 adults and 2 children), payable on entry on the day.
Lots of tasty food options will be on offer from a delicious barbecue and the Inverawe Cafe & Smokehouse. 

Grateful thanks to local land and property management agency, Bell Ingram, who are once again sponsoring this event.

iCycle+ Adult Cycling Programme 2015

Mon 16 Mar 2015

Stramash are delighted to announce a new cycling initiative for adults in collaboration with Argyll & Bute Council, taking place in the Lochgilphead, Oban, Dunoon, Helensburgh and Campbeltown areas.
If you would like to enjoy your bike more, build your confidence in traffic, learn new skills & bike maintenance and improve your health, wellbeing and fitness, this is the programme for you.  This FREE course consists of four sessions of cycle training which will run once a week in each area, and finish with a guided cycle for all participants.  All you need to have is a very basic ability to ride a bicycle - the course will support you to become confident and competent in fundamental skills.
Have a look at our iCycle film

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Stramash Family Fun Day - Sunday 31st August

Thu 14 Aug 2014

Following the success of last year’s event, we are once again joining forces with Inverawe Country Park to run a fantastic day of family fun in the great outdoors.
Join us at Inverawe Country Park near Taynuilt on Sunday 31st August 2014 for a great day out. 
Lots of outdoor activities on offer such as canoeing, archery, fishing and bushcraft as well as a treasure hunt and maze to explore. 
The event will run from 11am to 4pm and tickets cost £4 per adult, £2 per child, £10 for a family (2 adults and 2 children), payable on entry on the day.
Lots of tasty food options will be on offer from a delicious barbecue and the Inverawe Cafe & Smokehouse. 
Grateful thanks to local land and property management agency, Bell Ingram, who are once again sponsoring this event.

Youth Programme 2014

Thu 13 Mar 2014

Stramash’s Youth Programme in 2014 is one of the best yet, with loads of fantastic outdoor opportunities for young people aged 3-17, throughout the Easter and Summer holidays. All our courses allow children and young people to learn and develop, discover new places, build confidence, have fun, make new friends and be active outdoors! As well as our surf camp, yacht expedition and kayak residentials, we have lots of great additions including dinghy sailing courses, British Canoe Union courses, and lots, lots more!

Also new for this year is the Stramash Outdoor Discovery Club for 3-7 year olds! This exciting programme of activities will provide brilliant outdoor experiences during the school holidays, at the Stramash Tree Tops site, Ganavan Road, Oban! Every day will be a new creative outdoor experience, with lots of flexible daily options.

Project Wild Thing

Project Wild Thing

Thu 06 Feb 2014

Stramash Social Enterprise and Oban Phoenix Cinema have joined forces to present a showing of the feature length documentary Project Wild Thing. The award winning film is currently touring the UK. It brings the complex issue of the ways in which our children do (or don’t) interact with the natural world to our attention. The project has gathered significant support throughout the United Kingdom from the RSPB, the National Trust, schools, nurseries and other educational organisations.

The film is built from the increasing body of educational research which highlights children’s increasing disassociation with the natural environment, in an ever growing digital age. The award winning film, to be screened in Oban on Saturday 22nd February, tells the real-life story of one father’s struggle to get his kids away from their TVs, games consoles and computer screens, and his desire to help them and the youth of today reconnect with nature.

Lots of great further information on the film can be found at:
The film will be shown at Oban Phoenix Cinema on Saturday 22nd of February at 6:30pm. Tickets are priced at £5 (adults), £3 (concessions), and are available from the Oban Phoenix Cinema Website. (Certificate PG)

We hope to see you there!

Winter Wonderland Event

Fri 29 Nov 2013

Stramash Outdoor Nursery and Forestry Commission Scotland are holding a fabulous Christmas event at the Stramash Outdoor Nursery site,Ganavan Road,Oban.Saturday 7th December – 12 to 3pm
Santa’s grotto, Christmas wreath and animal making, face painting, storytelling, hot chocolate and marshmallows by the fire and more! If you have any questions please contact Jo Maclean on 01546602518
- No booking required
- Small charge for refreshments and some activities
- Limited parking available, shuttle bus from Ganavan car park

Hope to see you all there!

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Coll joins Stramash as a Modern Apprentice

Fri 29 Nov 2013

Stramash is delighted to welcome Coll Mckenzie to the team as a Modern Apprentice. Coll will be working alongside the experienced instructional staff, to develop his outdoor skills and confidence in delivering outdoor activities.

OLI School Orienteering Championships 2013

Wed 01 May 2013

OLI Orienteering Event 2013 - Ganavan - Friday 26 April 2013

We’d like to say a huge ‘well done’ to the 82 competitors who took part in this event.  Primary 4 to 7 children from Ardchattan, Rockfield, Taynuilt, Arinagour, Kilchrenan, Barcaldine and Kilninver came together at Ganavan to test their navigation skills around the eight challenging courses.  The weather was certainly a challenge - lots of rain, wind and hail to add to the excitement of the day!

Although the children competed individually, there was a real sense of cooperation and team work, with the competitors supporting each other, giving lots of encouragement and help along the way.

Congratulations to all the schools who took part but the winners on the day were Taynuilt, with Rockfield in second place. Kilninver just held onto third place above Barcaldine, and Ardchattan/ Kilchrenan (who competed as one team) and Arinagour had only a few points between them for fifth and six places.

Well done to the medal winners from each age group.  The medals were presented by the Oban High School team who recently participated in the World Schools Orienteering Competition in Portugal.  A real inspiration to us all!

Primary 4 boys

Gold - Calum MacDonald, Taynuilt; Silver - Christopher Den Heijer, Rockfield; Bronze - Hugo Hoevelmann, Kilninver

Primary 4 girls

Gold - Niamh Cameron, Rockfield; Silver - Grace Davies, Kilninver; Bronze - Anna Spence, Rockfield

Primary 5 boys

Gold - Ellis Hunter, Taynuilt; Silver - Ruairidh Munro, Barcaldine; Bronze - Fraser Campbell, Taynuilt

Primary 5 girls

Gold - Rona Shearer, Taynuilt; Silver - Emma Beaton, Rockfield; Bronze - Rachel Lawlor, Rockfield

Primary 6 boys

Gold - Sorley Inall, Taynuilt; Silver - Matthew Houston, Taynuilt; Bronze - Calum Garvin, Rockfield

Primary 6 girls

Gold - Katie MacCorquodale, Barcaldine; Silver - Ellie Lopez, Rockfield; Bronze - Hannah MacMillan, Rockfield

Primary 7 boys

Gold - Ewan Shearer, Taynuilt; Silver - Alasdair Lilley, Taynuilt; Bronze - Finbar Dunne, Rockfield

Primary 7 girls

Gold - Eilidh Shearer, Taynuilt; Silver - Emily Hunter, Taynuilt; Bronze - Ceri Powell, Taynuilt

However every single competitor competed admirably on the day and should be proud of their own performance, whether they went home with a medal or not.

The event was rounded off with a beach art competition which Rockfield Primary won with their fantastic turtle!

Many thanks to the adult volunteers and Oban High School senior pupils who came along to help out on the day.

Looking forward to next year already!

Dragons Tooth West Face and Sgorr Dhonuill.
Dragons Tooth West Face.
Coires and buttresses between pt824 and pt758, Sgorr Dhonuill to Creag Gorm
High in the NW Coire of Sgorr Dhonuill

Winter Skills on Beinn a’ Bheithir

Thu 07 Feb 2013

Out with Emma and Dougie today doing some navigation practice as well as an introduction to safe-guarding each other on steeper ground using only the axe and a rope.
With a forecast promising to deteriorate as the day went on, it was an early start that saw us at the F.C. car park at the bottom of Gleann a’ Chaolias for first light.
Good frozen ground and crispy snow on the walk in, past the loggers before they’d started work, and we were up into the main Coire to the north west of Sgorr Dhonuill fairly sharpish.  The west face of the Dragons Tooth and the connecting ridge has been blown pretty clear over the last few days, but there’s some big fresh deposits in the more sheltered areas.  The upside of this is that the snow has been getting dumped on the easterly aspects.  Upon reaching the snowline proper, we took some time to dig pits and see what was going on.  The surface layer was surprisingly firm for all the windslab that’s been getting put down recently, it seems to have melted a bit then the refreeze has anchored it well (note - only below the 800m mark, may well be slabby still higher up!!).  Under this is a fairly substantial layer of soft snow lying on top of hail/ball bearings/polystyrene snow, which in turn is sitting on the old firm snow.  All this made for an interesting snow profile, with some unexpected collapses just when you think things are solid underfoot!
Taking a cautious but interesting line up the coire wall we looked at stomper belays, T-axe belays, re-enforced axe belays, as well as the joys of body belaying.  With lots of small pitches and chances to try ascending and descending, we spent a good while going over the basics of safe movement on steeper snow.
“Topped out” at pt824 before a quick bite and a hasty retreat doing multiple stomper belays back to the coire floor.  By this point the weather looked like it was turning, so a quick descent back to the van was in order.  This was made slightly harder by the diversion in place for the logging operations, which led us to a dead end track and a stiff climb back up the other side of the main stream to regain the original forest track.
Snow was crispy crunchy throughout, with a good deal of ice on the small buttresses up in the coire.  First time up into this part of Beinn a’ Bheithir, but it looks like good potential for some “follow your nose” climbing in the lower grades without the brutal walk in of SCNL.  Hopefully back in at some point over the winter with a climbing head on rather than winter walking!!

Gordon Smith
Senior Instructor

Festival of the Sea 2012

Wed 09 May 2012

The Festival of the Sea 2012, for Oban, Lorn and the Isles is an exciting programme of events celebrating all that we enjoy from the sea; providing us with food, employment and fun. 

From the busy SAMS Open Day to the Virtual Landscape Theatre with it’s interactive science workshop, marine-themed art exhibitions, guided walks and talks, renowned authors and storytellers, historic castles near the sea, ships, boats, seafood and of course, Stramash - it’s all there for you to enjoy.

Stramash are teaming up with Northern Lighthouse Board, Oban RNLI, Seafood Temple and Oban Sailing Club to provide a great family day down at Dungallan.  With free activity sessions, food tasting, sailing trips, lifeboat tours, face painting, stalls and more, there’s plenty going on at Dungallan on Saturday 19th May.

The ten day programme is packed with events, on the water, off the water, in the kitchen, in a castle… in all sorts of fascinating places.  A fantastic opportunity to head out with friends and family to try new experiences.  For further details of the full festival programme visit

During Festival Week Stramash have evening Adventure Activities available, some dedicated to adults, others offering a family experience.  Each session will run from 6.00pm - 9.00pm.  Have a fantastic time trying something new, seeing marine wildlife, enjoying spectacular scenery plus the possibility of witnessing our amazing sunsets!  All protective and safety clothing are included in the price along with full, guided instruction.  Adults:  £35.00, Children:  £20.00 (under 18 yrs), Family:  £95.00 (2A/2C).  Advance booking is essential.  Call the Stramash Team on 01631 566080 to book and pay for your chosen activity.

Monday 21st May - Adult Coasteering
Tuesday 22nd May - Family Coasteering
Wednesday 23rd May - Adult Sea Kayaking
Thursday 24th May - Family Canoeing

Off the water on Friday 25th May we are hosting a special evening in Cuan Mor,Oban, 7.00pm.  Our special guest for the evening will be Patrick Winterton, kayak adventurer, extreme sports commentator and adventure film maker.  Patrick will inspire us all with his talk about the only kayak crossing from Scotland to the Faroe Islands and other ill advised journeys!  Combining unforgettable footage and extraordinary anecdotes he enjoys kayaking to the max!  You can find out more about Patrick and his adventures on his website:  Inspiring the next generation of kayakers and adventurers, Patrick has amazing experiences to share with us.

We will launch our exciting NEW! Stramash Junior Paddlesports Club for local children and young people.  Come and hear about the new club and the support it will provide for young people to learn a new skill; encouraging a healthy and active lifestyle.  Supported by our qualified instructional staff, children will be involved in all aspects of the club, allowing development of their social and decision making skills in addition to following a programme of activity to achieve accredited qualifications in paddlesports.  Children, accompanied by an adult, are welcome to come along to the evening.  Kayaks, canoes and safety equipment will be on display to fire their enthusiasm. 

Tea, coffee and drink facilities will be available at the bar.  The event is free to attend and there will be an opportunity to give donations which will be specifically for the new Junior Paddlesports Club.  Registrations and notes of interest for the new club will be taken on the night.

Friday 25th May – Stramash Junior Paddlesport Club launch
Cuan Mor, George Street, Oban.  7.00pm – 9.00pm
Guest Speaker:  Patrick Winterton,  Kayak Adventurer
All welcome.

Adventure Activities in Oban and Argyll

Sat 14 Jan 2012

Stramash deliver a wide range of top quality outdoor activities in Oban and Argyll. Using the unique wild Scottish landscape, our fully qualified and experienced instructors will give you the quality personal experience you are looking for. We pride ourselves in providing memorable, real and unique outdoor adventure experiences that are of outstanding quality. If you are looking for things to do in Oban and Argyll then join us for a taste of adventure.

RBS Community Force Winner

Tue 29 Nov 2011

At last ... the waiting is over ...!  We are delighted to announce that we are a regional winner of an RBS CommunityForce award of £6,000 which will be used to support our work with people living in difficult circumstances.  Dependent on public votes we are delighted to have received such fantastic support.  A huge thank you to everyone who voted and registered their support for us, we really appreciate it.

Coaching Champions 2012

Mon 24 Oct 2011

Inspired by London 2012, Stramash are partnering with Argyll and Bute Council to deliver 56 courses in a range of sports and activities; building on five years of successful growth in quality sports coaching developing quality coaches teaching in quality clubs in Argyll.

Whether you are looking to develop your skills in a particular sport, want to learn more about sports coaching or want to try something new Coaching Champions 2012 has the right combination of programmes to meet your needs. 

Stramash are leading courses on BCU Foundation Safety and Rescue Training, BCU 2* Award, Teaching Orienteering, BCU 3* Sea Kayak Award, Mountain Skills and Navigation, UKCC Level 1 Paddlesports Award, and BCU White Water Safety and Rescue Training Course.

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Stramash meets the Scottish Government Cabinet

Thu 28 Jul 2011

It was a great privilege for Stramash to be invited to a reception with the Scottish Government Cabinet this week to celebrate the work that Stramash and others have been doing to develop outdoor sports and physical activity over the past year.

The reception was held at the Nevis Range near Fort William. Alex Salmond, First Minister, gave an inspiring and encouraging speech about the need to develop outdoor activity and outdoor sports and the support that the Government are providing for this to happen.

Stramash were given the opportunity to speak individually with a number of the Cabinet, including the First Minister, and to discuss a variety of relevant topics. We were very honoured to be given such a rare opportunity.

Alex Salmond, who had presented the original Stramash with a CoSLA Excellence Award in 2006, was keen to hear of the progress Stramash had made and of the impact of our work. He was very interested in the outdoor sports development work that Stramash carries out. He also wanted to know which activity was most popular! (It’s canoeing and kayaking if you were wondering!)

Kenny MacAskill, who visited Stramash two years ago to see our work firsthand, wanted to discuss our projects with young people and in particular our apprenticeship scheme. He was pleased with the way things had developed since he visited us.

We did suggest to Nicola Sturgeon that she persuade the rest of the Cabinet to take part in one of our outdoor team development days, but she didn’t think they would be up for it!

John Swinney was very interested in the story of Stramash and our journey from Lottery funded project, to Local Authority service, to independent social enterprise. Such a journey was, he felt, encouraging and an example of what is possible with some commitment, passion and inspiration. We spent some time talking about social enterprise and the role it has to play in today’s society.

We had an excellent discussion with Alasdair Allan, the Minister responsible for Gaelic. He was delighted to hear of our work with both Gaelic medium school pupils and with the families of the pupils. He was encouraged to know that we are using the outdoors as a way for people to use the language and develop their skills in it and is keen for us to keep him up to date with our future progress.

The chance to spend time with each of the members of the Cabinet and to tell them the story of Stramash and of the impact of our work really was a great privilege. The reception was also a great opportunity to meet various members of sportscotland and to discuss outdoor sports development with them.

All in all it was a very worthwhile time.

We have worked with 2037 people in the past year

Sun 26 Jun 2011

That’s a lot of people!

During the past year, Stramash worked with 2037 people. In total we delivered 4543 individual sessions. The team were kept busy! One of our aims is to inspire people using the outdoors and to help make a real difference to peoples lives. We are pleased that we were able to work with so many people to help do that.

Oban Charities Day

Fri 10 Jun 2011

Stramash will be at the Charities Day on Saturday!
Come along and see Stramash in Oban town centre for the Charities Day. It’s a great day out- lots to do and see. Hopefully we’ll see you there!

Oban 200 Burgh Festival

Mon 23 May 2011

Oban 200 Burgh Festival will be held from the 9th - 18th July 2011 to celebrate the town’s bicentenary year. 

During these 10 days the town has a packed programme of events including:

A Royal Visit, Capercaille concert, a prestigious sporting tournament, Tall Ships, watersports, concerts, ceilidhs, fun days, highland games and more!

Click on the link below to download your Oban 200 programme!

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Oban 200 Burgh Festival - Bicentenary Programme - 10 Days in July - 9th - 18th July 2011

Crown Estate sponsor free Stramash Dinghy Sailing
Stramash Dinghy Sailing

Brewin Dolphin Scottish Series

Fri 20 May 2011

Join in the celebrations at the Brewin Dolphin Scottish Series

From Friday the 27th to Monday the 30th May the Scottish Series will take place on the west coast with Tarbert, Loch Fyne playing host to a wealth of entertainment after the races.

As part of the event The Crown Estate have funded free Dinghy Sailing lessons at Tarbert, Loch Fyne for youths on Saturday 28th & Sunday 29th May which Stramash will be delivering.

To find out more about the Brewin Dolphin Scottish Series visit and to recieve more information about Dinghy Sailing and book your place telephone 01631 566080

We hope to see lots of you there - it will no doubt be a great weekend!

Luing Go Coasteering

Tue 10 May 2011

Last week Stramash enjoyed an afternoon exploring the coastline with the Luing Adventure Club, check out this clip!

To find out more about our Adventure Club Network please call Aileen, our club co-ordinator on 01631 566080.

The Stramash Team x

OLI School Champs 2011

Oban, Lorn & Isles Inter Schools Orienteering Championships 2011

Sat 07 May 2011

In association with EckO, Stramash organised the Oban, Lorn & Isles Inter Schools Orienteering Championships at Ganavan.

Full results available on the EckO website.

BCU Level One Coaching Certificate in Paddle Sports

Tue 08 Mar 2011

Over the past four days Stramash hosted the BCU level one coaching certificate in paddle sports award in Oban.  This is the first step on the paddle sports coaching pathway where participants learn to understand and coach technical and tactical elements of paddling. 

We would like to say a massive well done to the 9 participants from throughout Argyll who passed with flying colours! 

Stramash Team Building Badaguish, Aviemore

Stramash Team Development Trip

Mon 28 Feb 2011

Last week the Stramash team took some much needed time away from the busy office and headed off to Aviemore for three days to concentrate on team development.  We welcomed our patron Karen Darke to the Badaguish Lodges where she stayed with us to facilitate our sessions.  We had an excellent three days doing team building exercises, trail orienteering, walking and we even managed some climbing at the Kinlochleven Ice Factor which was fantastic!

We would like to thank Karen and the brilliant team at Badaguish for helping to make our time away so beneficial, now we are all ready to begin another busy season!


Lots of adventure!

Fri 11 Feb 2011

Last weekend the team ran three courses as part of the Argyll and Bute Coaching Conference- 2 star paddlesports, 3 star sea kayak and mountain skills. It was a great weekend and everyone did really well. During the week we were mountain biking at Aonach Mor, gorge walking at Sutherland’s Grove, coasteering at Ganavan, navigating on Kerrera and bushcrafting on Mull! Despite the rain on Wednesday, the pupils of Salen Primary Gaelic Unit had a great time learning the skills of bushcraft in Gaelic. Some of the team are off to Tiree this coming week- canoeing and climbing. Hope the crossing isn’t too choppy!

First Stramash AGM

Wed 26 Jan 2011

Originating as an Argyll and Bute Council special programme in 2004, Stramash is now an independent social enterprise, head-quartered in Oban and trading as a charitable company limited by guarantee.  Our AGM marked the remarkable transition we have made over the past year and all the developments within the organisation. 

Our Chef Executive, Niall Urquhart, outlined the wide range of activities which had been undertaken during the past year.  These included the establishment of an apprenticeship scheme for 8 young people from Argyll and Bute which has given them the opportunity to gain various outdoor coaching qualifications and valued work experience.

During the year Stramash have also:

• Recruited five staff members
• Involved 13 volunteers
• Worked with 17 schools
• Set up a network of Adventure Clubs throughout Argyll
• Worked with over 1000 different individuals
• developed partnerships with a variety of agencies, organisations and groups

Thanking CEO, Niall Urquhart, his staff and the other members of the Board of Directors for their efforts over the past period, Stramash Chairman, Mr John Urquhart said that a huge amount had been achieved by the fledgling organisation since it was set up last year and that this was largely down to the CEO’s tremendous commitment.  Mr Urquhart added that he felt sure that Stramash had the right people and skills to go from strength to strength and achieve its goals in the coming year.

Bòrd na Gàidhlig logo

Feasgar math!

Mon 18 Oct 2010

Stramash are currently delivering an exciting programme of activities for Gaelic speakers and learners which will be delivered throughout Argyll over the next few months!  Stramash are working with each Gaelic medium unit in Argyll and Bute, delivering a range of outdoor activities in Gaelic which will be topped off by a brilliant residential trip inviting members from each participating school to join in!  Stramash will also be including lots of Gaelic family day sessions into this excellent programme delivered in partnership with Argyll and Bute Council, with support from Bòrd na Gàidhlig.  To find out more keep checking our website or call us on 01631 566080.

Stramash’s 1st Birthday

Thu 09 Sep 2010

On the 8th of September 2009 Stramash, Scotland’s Outdoor Social Enterprise was born!  To mark this special day we took time out in the Stramash office and invited a few special guests to reflect on an amazing 12 months.  Over the past year Stramash has grown from only a core team of three operating under Argyll and Bute Council to an independent organisation of 14 housed in brilliant new premises at Oban Live Stock Centre.

To celebrate we watched an excellent presentation of photos from the past year while enjoying a great buffet topped off with some massive strawberry tarts donated by Helen and Ernie McInnes from Forteiths, which were delicious!

Stramash Loch Etive Expedition

Loch Etive Expedition

Wed 01 Sep 2010

Our dedicated team of Stramash apprentices have just returned from the successful completion of a 3 day self lead expedition of Loch Etive. Our budding group of outdoor instructors set sail on Canadian Canoes up Loch Etive on Tuesday the 24th of August in blistering summer sunshine.  Over the course of the three days apprentices practised their mountain navigation, walking, canoeing and bushcraft skills.  On their return apprentices presented their findings from their expedition to the entire Stramash team, highlighting the challenges they faced and what they learned from their experiences. 

Please visit our facebook page to see pictures.

The Loch Etive expedition was lead and co-ordinated by senior apprentice Bruce Griffiths who done an exceptionally good job!  Unfortunately this was Bruce’s last expedition with Stramash as he has now left the organisation to begin his studies at Dundee University.  We would like to take this opportunity to say a massive THANK YOU and GOOD LUCK to Bruce. Bruce is an exceptionally hard worker and great team player who will be sadly missed by the organisation.  Fingers crossed Bruce will return to instruct with Stramash during his holidays from University!!

Poster for Adventures

Oban Outdoor Summer Adventures

Mon 09 Aug 2010

Oban Outdoor Adventure Activities!!!

Stramash are offering amazing outdoor summer adventures in Canoeing, Coasteering, Canyoning, Kayaking, Gorge Scrambling and much more all based in the Oban area!  Miles cheaper than our nearest competitors, Stramash offer a great value family ticket for as little as £59 which includes two adults and two children! Single adults are go for only £27 and Children £10.

Activities are all based around Oban lasting on average 3 hours and necessary transport is provided. 

NO experience is needed, all Stramash require is for you to have a change of clothes ready for getting wet, a towel and an abundance of enthusiasm!!

Get involved, book online or call 01631 566080 for more information!!

The Stramash team look forward to seeing you soon!! :-)

Stramash Staff Dinghy Sailing

Fri 09 Jul 2010

The Stramash ‘All Star Office Team’ were let loose again this week.. this time the name of the game was Taz Dinghy sailing!  From our Stramash Sea Store at Dungallan Park, Paula, Helen, Janet and Aileen set sail on Stramash Taz Dinghies under close supervision of instructors Ben and James.  These sailing novices soon learnt the ropes and by the end of their afternoon session were cutting some ‘jibes’ in Oban Bay.  Everyone had a brilliant afternoon and the girls can not wait to get back out on the dinghies again. 

For more pictures check our facebook page

MSP visits Luing Adventure club

Luing Adventure Club, visit by MSP

Tue 15 Jun 2010

A grant has been given to enable Stramash to expand its work with children from more rural communities across Argyll and Bute through a network of adventure clubs.

A pilot club has now been established – on the Argyll slate island of Luing – and earlier today (15th June 2010) Children’s Minister, Adam Ingram MSP, visited. The minister wanted to see how funding from the Scottish Government’s Go Play programme is helping to create better play opportunities for five to 13 year-olds.

You can read the full article on the website.

Duke of Argyll abseils Inveraray Castle for Stramash

Sat 13 Mar 2010



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