Navigation Highlands of Scotland

Interpreting the map

NNAS Bronze Award

Learn the Basics

This 2-day course is the first award on the NNAS pathway and is aimed at those who have little or no experience of map reading. It will give you the skills and confidence to venture out into your local countryside and navigate efficiently.

The aim of the award is to introduce basic navigational techniques in undemanding terrain, using tracks and other linear features. The focus will be on the using the map to it’s full potential before introducing some simple compass work.

Topics covered include:

  • Map symbols and scales
  • Orientating the map
  • Estimating distance on both map and ground
  • Interpreting contours
  • Measuring grid references
  • Awareness of access rights, codes of conduct etc.
  • Simple navigation strategies
  • Planning a suitable walk
  • Emergency procedures


2 days


This course will take place within a 30 minute drive of Inverness (full details will be included in your joining instructions)


  • No previous experience required, just a willingness to learn
  • Reasonable level of fitness (we will be on foot all day, sometimes walking over uneven ground, with moderate ascents/descents)

Knowledge after course

By the end of this course, students will have an understanding of how to read a map and use a compass in simple terrain. They should feel confident to plan a short walk in their local area, using paths and linear features. It is recommended to consolidate what has been learnt by attending the NNAS Silver Award course.

What’s included

  • Detailed tuition from an experienced instructor
  • Use of appropriate OS mapping
  • NNAS Bronze Award certificate and badge on successful completion of course

What you need to bring

  • Waterproof jacket and trousers
  • Sturdy, waterproof footwear
  • Small daysack with packed lunch
  • Suitable baseplate compass (we would recommend a Silva Type 4)

A detailed recommended kit list will be included in your joining instructions.




To book a place on this course, please contact us by email or phone.

A 20% deposit is required to secure a place and the full balance of payment will be required no later than 6 weeks prior to the commencement of the course.


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