NNAS Silver Award

Navigation Scotland Highlands

Venture off the beaten track

Building your Skills

After the Bronze Award, this 2-day course is the next step on the NNAS pathway. Building on the foundations put in place at Bronze, this award aims to take your navigation skills to a higher level and give you the confidence to venture further off the beaten track.

You will learn the additional skills required to navigate to features some distance from paths and tracks. You will look in more detail at contours and the compass will be employed more regularly to determine direction and check your position. You will be taught how to break down a walk into manageable legs, using suitable navigational strategies to minimise errors.

Topics covered include:

  • Using a compass to take bearings, check orientation etc.
  • Interpretation of large and small contour features
  • Measuring distance accurately on the map and ground
  • Developing a strategy for a leg, including appropriate techniques
  • Employing relocation techniques
  • Planning a safe walk in more demanding terrain
  • Responsibility towards other countryside users


2 days


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


  • NNAS Bronze Award or equivalent experience
  • Reasonable level of fitness (we will be on foot all day, sometimes on uneven ground, with moderate ascents/descents)

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 full recommended kit list will be included with 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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