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14-day Summer Camp
Thank you so very much for providing such a wonderful two-week outdoor adventure for my daughter, Erica. She really enjoyed the support and fun from her instructors, her fellow campers, all the exciting challenges, your facilities, and the Scottish Highlands. She especially liked the sea kayak outing and making new friends from across the ocean. Even the difficult challenges like hiking over rough terrain with a loaded backpack became memorable accomplishments. She came home in excellent physical shape and good spirits. As an anxious parent, you assuaged all my concerns before and during camp, so that I felt confident that through your experience, personality, and responsiveness Erica would have a safe, fun, positive, and memorable vacation. On a personal note, her time at Ridgway Adventure was a truly big and needed plus for the year.
Joel Heller, MA, USA
I just wanted to let you know that Holly thoroughly enjoyed her two weeks with you. She gave a good account of her time there when asked about it on her return. I am sure keeping a diary had helped her to recall and tell us what she'd been doing. It was a delight to hear her actually speak out about it all in front of us. It was good that she achieved an award with the John Muir Trust while she was with you, with the potential for further input that that brings. She says she feels stronger physically which, she says, will stand her in good stead back at school. She has met new friends to add to the growing circuit of contacts. And above all she looked relaxed and healthy, and more confident. What more could one want?
Just a little email to say thank you for a very nice adventure holiday. Everyone was very kind and I had an amazing time. Pls say thanks to everyone at the base especially Brigitte (the cook)! Hoping to be back next year! Thanks again!
6-day Summer Camp
Cos had a wonderful time at your place. He was very enthusiastic. He will come back next year! Thank you very much for all your hospitality and the kindness of your staff and everybody at Ridgway Adventure!
Mrs Beukers, NL
Many thanks for the excellent week that Amy has just had at Ardmore. She has been full of enthusiasm for the whole experience. She is already plotting a return visit next year with more of the cousins.
Mrs Munro-Faure, England
The boys had a fantastic time - they haven't stopped talking about it and love telling everyone what they have been up to. They are already talking about going on one of your adult holidays when they are old enough. Your instructors certainly made a great impression on them, too, and are to be commended for their work.
Mrs Bickerstaff, Scotland
Easter Family Adventure
Just to let you know we all had a wonderful weekend. Harry and Freddie have been asking when we can come back
Family summer holiday
Just a quick note to thank you and all the team at Ridgway Adventure for such an enjoyable holiday. The boys and I thoroughly enjoyed all the activities, and I never thought I would ever see Theo swimming at 8am in a sea loch! The mix of activities, the food and the accommodation, as well as a highly professional team, makes for a great product and I hope it goes from strength to strength.
Thank you for a lovely week - we had a wonderful time and enjoyed all the activities, location, food, other guests, staff and, luckily the weather. I honestly did not think Justin at 9 years old would be skipping up Ben Stack catching frogs with his new friend Lena - not even noticing the steepness and length of the climb. George and my favourite part was the kayaking, Justin’s the rock climbing and, I believe, Jonathan’s the walking.
We all had an excellent time and wanted to thank you and the team for making it such a special holiday. The children have continued to recount the details of their time on Survival Island - clearly their favourite part of the week. We think the whole week was excellently put together, with a good balance of activities appealing to and taxing both the adults and children. The approach from the instructors combined good humour and encouragement with clear skill and experience. We felt in safe hands at all times, especially with regard to the children. We think that the children have gained a huge amount from the holiday, their 'best ever'. We were enchanted by the beauty of the area and felt the facilities and food to be excellent. We thoroughly enjoyed ourselves.
Thanks for a really unforgettable holiday. We all enjoyed it including, amazingly, Danielle! We all learnt quite a bit and Max’s comment was perhaps the most poignant of all: ‘I learnt to work as part of a team’! Quite something for an eight-year-old.
We both enjoyed all the activities and had fun while doing them... the highlight of this summer. Your hospitality was first class, I only wish I could spare the time to spend longer.
Schools and colleges
Hello, I am just emailing to say a huge thank you to all your team... I had the most amazing time... Mark and Katie were fab and were very entertaining... Jenny, Peter and Graham were a pleasure to be with... I couldn't have wanted more... It was a great week that I will never forget... Thank you... Love From Rennie xxxxx
Emily Renshaw, St Anselms, Derbyshire
I would just like to say how thankful I am and the school is too. I loved the time I spent at Ridgway Adventure and I am grateful that you all made it so enjoyable for us. I am missing all of you - I wish I could come back for another week, I enjoyed it that much!
We have been visiting Ridgway Adventure for six years and I cannot now imagine taking our Year 8’s anywhere else. The remoteness, the stunning landscape, the caring staff team, the feeling of the centre becoming our comfortable home for the week, the wonderful activities all combine to make the week at Ardmore a perfect climax to our children’s time at York House. I have been running residential trips for 18 years - Ridgway Adventure is comfortably the best activity centre I’ve seen in that time.
Jon Gray, Headmaster, York House School, Hertfordshire
My association with Ridgway Adventure goes back a number of years. Apart from the wilderness and unique beauty of the place, every person who has been there has returned a changed person. Why? Because there is a breadth of experience offered, which allows young people to learn in a few days what might normally take many years, a few days, a week, perhaps a month defines a person for life. Once you have been, you are compelled to return again and again.
Nick Haddock MBE MA, former Headmaster, St. John’s, Leatherhead
Sea kayak days
I just wanted to pass on my thanks to everyone at Ridgway Adventure for such a fantastic day of sea kayaking last Wednesday. Mark provided excellent instruction and a wealth of information about the area and the wildlife and as for the weather you managed to organise... well, that was incredible!
I just wanted to write to say how much I enjoyed my sea kayaking day last week. I had a great time despite the rain and breezy conditions! Special thanks to Graham and Jenny for their excellent guidance, and for making the day so much fun.
Many, many thanks for the kayaking on Saturday. It was brilliant! We all really enjoyed it - Brian included, so much so that he would do it again. Sine announced that she no longer wants an mp3 player, but is saving up for a sea kayak.
We had an excellent day... it will prove to have been the highlight of our two-week holiday.
Thomasson family, staying at Harbour Cottage, Kinlochbervie
We all had a fantastic day, eating our Lochinver pies while watching grey and common seals and the odd disappearing otter. We must also say what a great guide we had. We have a combined hundred-odd years of doing outdoor stuff, often with a guide, and she was one of the best - communicative, knowledgeable, fun and not in the least patronising - she let us get on with the day just as we wished.
Sea kayaking holidays
We had an absolutely fabulous time at Ridgway Adventure. I'm pining to get back on the water! After the first day, my shoulders didn't trouble me at all. Both of us had such a great time, and the instructors, Mark and Graeme, were really good - helpful, patient and extremely tolerant. Thank you for making us so welcome. I'm looking forward to a return visit.
Dr Mags Watson
Wow, what a great week! For me, you achieved the perfect balance - challenging week of acquiring a great new skill, supported by some very important creature comforts, superb attention to detail, a comfortable bed, an efficient means of drying kit, and also some good mental stimulation along the way. As someone who is as interested in consuming calories as expending them, Brigitte's contribution to the week was significant - I am sure that having a kitchen with what must be one of the best views in the country must also help! Thank you all for making it a brilliant week, way beyond expectations; it was an absolute pleasure to be amongst you.
The accommodation and housekeeping were just right - and Brigitte's food utterly wonderful. Eating mussels picked 10 yards from the cooker is something else! I really appreciated your style of delivery of the teaching and the opportunity you created for the experience of journeying, and learning techniques by having to use them. I always felt safe (though not always sure I'd stay upright!) and nevertheless felt challenged and excited - I learned and did more than I expected to and got a real taste of (and for) the real thing. Somewhat indifferent weather actually gave us a chance from day one to feel and see some movement on the water and to get to grips with that. The evening talks were great too - extended our awareness to the landscape we were in and to the bigger world of kayak expeditions. Staff all delightful, welcoming, friendly supportive - especially those two lovely lads!
How lucky we are to have chosen Ridgway Adventure, the best place in the world for us to have learned our new skill of sea kayaking. Superb set-up with a fabulous location, excellent facilities and inspirational staff.
Nigel Hawkins, Director, John Muir Trust
Sea kayaking weekend
Thanks for all your encouragement and luxurious service! We felt we were treated like royalty, with every wish granted.
Just to thank all the team for a most fulfilling and enjoyable time last week and also for your generous hospitality. You might even see me next year!!
I had a cracking week’s walking and a lovely birthday!