50 years of adventure and life-changing experiences in beautiful isolation, 1969 – 2019

Ridgway Adventure · About us
Ardmore and the Adventure School - a home and a history

Three crofts cling to the shore at Lower Ardmore, on a remote peninsular three miles from the main road and bounded by the sheltered shores of Loch A Chadh-Fi.

John and Marie Christine Ridgway first came to Ardmore in 1964. A home not just to them but to the John Ridgway Adventure School and the base for countless ground-breaking expeditions. It is now a year-round home to three generations of the same family, where tide and weather take over from the busy trappings of modern life.

Rebecca and her two children, Molly and Hughie, live on the water’s edge in what was once the old bunk house for the John Ridgway Adventure School. It is from here, in this stunning setting that Rebecca owns and runs Ridgway Adventure.

The Adventure School

There has been an Adventure School at Ardmore for over 40 years. In that time it has hosted courses for over 20,000 people, some who have returned again and again or came as children in the early days and now send their children, to have the same grand adventures.

Now, the Adventure School is housed less than a mile across the calm waters of Loch A Chadh Fi, where the sea allows us vehicle access at low tide. A collection of comfortable wooden cabins house the courses and our team of instructors from April to September.

We use the same wild landscape and years of experience to craft challenging and exciting adventure courses for schools, individual 12-17 year olds, adults and families.

“You would have a lot of time to think, rowing across the Atlantic for 93 days. There were three principles that came to me out of that journey. Those of self reliance, positive thinking and leaving people and places better than you found them. It was those principles that the School of Adventure would come to be founded upon.”