Brathay Explore - Increasing awareness | Developing potential | Broadening horizons

Brathay Explore (formerly the Brathay Exploration Group and more recently the Brathay Exploration Trust) was established in 1947 with the purpose of providing young people with the opportunity to take part in inspirational, life-changing expeditions in the UK and overseas.

For 70 years we’ve helped our expeditioners explore and discover new places, expand their environmental and cultural awareness and support their personal development so that they may go on to and engage positively in society and achieve their full potential.

Why go on a Brathay Explore expedition?

A Brathay expedition is much more than a one off experience; we encourage our young people to stay involved, progress to other elements of our programme, gain skills and confidence and return as ambassadors, volunteers and supporters.

I grew a lot personally because [the leaders] and even participants in the group were patient and encouraged me to try things I had never dreamed I would do. The activities pushed me to the limit, and that made it a worthwhile trip that I will remember for the rest of my life.
Emma, Norway 2014

All Explore expeditions involve challenge, learning and awesome memories. They are based around Brathay’s fundamental goals of increasing awareness – of self, others and the environment, exploring choices and taking action. You can expect to:

  • visit some of the most inspiring places in the UK

  • develop personal skills (team-working, leadership, resilience, communication) in a safe, supportive but challenging environment

  • learn new practical skills

  • meet a wide range of people from different backgrounds

  • enhance your CV, further/higher education application and employability

  • join a community of like-minded people who are passionate about the natural world

Looking to the future

The weekend of January 27/28th saw a small group meet at Brathay to discuss how long standing BEG members and supporters could be involved in the future of Brathay Explore.

Read the full report of the weekend here.

Expeditions in the UK

This summer Brathay will be running expeditions in the Lake District and Scotland. Expeditions are open to individuals and groups – contact us to find out more.

The Lake District

Weekend residentials that focus on expedition skills (canoe or mountain) and leadership.

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£150 per person.  Bursary support available.


River Spey descent: Loch Insh to the sea in open canoes. 4 days £300

Great Glen Voyageur: sea to sea in Brathay’s unique 12 person canoes. A fully supported adventure that will take participants from novice to independent expeditioner. 5 days £350

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This trip qualifies as a Duke of Edinburgh Gold Award Residential.

Want to go overseas?

Brathay have partnered with British Exploring Society to offer overseas expeditions. For information on all BES expeditions click here.

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2016 brings with it 60 years of association between the Brathay Exploration Group (now called Brathay Explore) and the remote island of Foula in the Shetlands.

Find out more - Foula: 60 years and counting

If you you would like to find out more about Brathay Explore, click here to fill out a form
or contact us on 0844 225 3100