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Pentland Outdoor Navigation

  (NNAS Bronze Level Award)

The Bronze National Navigation Award is a practical, hands-on award. It is aimed at people with no navigation experience, whether you are new to the outdoors or have been relying on others, guidebooks, or easy, well-defined routes. The Bronze Award is currently credit-rated at SCQF level 4, with the syllabus of the Award teaching navigation in the countryside using paths, tracks, and other linear features. Map interpretation and compass work are also included.

Gaining this award does not qualify participants to teach or lead, but it recognises the skill level the participant can navigate. 

Most of your time will be spent with an experienced navigation instructor on the hill.  We’ll start with the very basics and gradually introduce compass work.  We won’t cover lots of distance; instead, we’ll focus on developing your confidence with map reading and navigation techniques.

Minimum Group Size: One - Maximum Group Size: Eight

Assumes: No previous knowledge

Cost: Course and Assessment £100.00 per person, payable 2 days before the course starts. The course will not be confirmed until paid for. (If you prefer a private course for yourself or with a group of friends, let me know when booking.)

(NNAS is a charity and will request an admin fee of £7.50.  This covers the cost of the certificate.)

Course Cancellation  If you (the participant) cancel the course, a cancellation fee of £70.00 pp will be deducted from the payment. 

There will be no refund if you cancel within 24hrs of the course commencing.

If Pentland Outdoor cancels the course, you will get a full payment of the returned monies.


Course content

  • Understanding maps - Scales, Rights of Way, Grid References
  • Developing a navigation strategy
  • Route planning – Using natural features, hazard avoidance
  • Follow a route – Using easily identifiable features
  • Measuring distances - Timing and Pacing
  • Using a compass - Map orientation
  • Contour interpretation – relate the shape of the ground to contours on the map

What I provide for the course:

  • Silva Expedition 4 Compass
  • OS Map of the course area
  • Waterproof map case

What you need to bring:

These non-residential courses are run outdoors, so please come with appropriate clothing and a packed lunch.

Suggested list:

Boots • Gaiters • Day Sac (30 litres) • Thermals or suitable under clothing • Insulating layers – at least one mid-weight and one warm fleece layer • General trekking trousers are recommended, not jeans, though. • Spare fleece/insulated jacket • Waterproof jacket (with a good hood) • Waterproof over-trousers • Hat & balaclava plus spare • Mitts & gloves • Whistle • Maps and waterproof map case. 1:25,000 • Headtorch • Rucksack liner • Flask & Water Bottle • Packed lunch • Survival Bag – Plastic-type • Small notebook and pen or pencil • Walking Poles


For further information regarding course bookings, please get in touch using the email below:



Participant Review

Audrey 25 July 2020

Had a great 2 days in the Pentlands with Robert and learned so much. Feeling inspired and planning to take on much more than I have in the past. Thanks again Robert, and hopefully see you next year for my silver.

Kate 12 Aug 2020

Thanks for all your amazing support, Rob! Really chuffed and can’t wait to get out in the hills and practice my skills!

Elaine  20 Sept 2020

A fantastic couple of days doing this course with Rab. We would definitely recommend him.  He was able to tailor the course for each of us building up our confidence and knowledge.
I also really liked his humour and helpful ways of remembering the various navigation techniques. 😊😊

Steven 27 Sept 2020

Thanks, Robert, brilliant two days in the hills. Really enjoyed the experience, and I learned loads on the course; now planning to put the experience into practice. I would highly recommend the course to anyone interested. Good chat and learned loads in stunning scenery. Much appreciated Robert

Siobhan 27 Mar 2022

Well, what can I say  -  I booked my Bronze Navigation course with Robert as I had zero knowledge of how to use a map or a compass.  I love going up the hills, but I would always rely on others to lead the way or just stick to routes I know well. Robert is an incredible instructor  & explains everything very simply & clearly.  He allows you to make mistakes so you can learn 'what not to do & rethink your approach.   He's great fun  & makes you feel at ease straight away... I had the best day ever  & learned so much in such a short time  -  I'm buzzing!!

Robert also taught me how to stay safe in the hills & what to do in an emergency - whether I need assistance or I'm helping someone else who is in trouble. My confidence has soared & I can't wait to get back out to test my newfound knowledge...I highly recommend him to anyone keen to gain confidence in their navigation skills...

Thank you so much Robert  -  I had a truly amazing day. I'll see you soon for the silver...

Carol  16 Sept 2022

Just completed my NNAS Bronze with Robert who made the whole thing an enjoyable experience and a great day out in the hills. I'm particularly grateful for the additional hints and tips for my silver assessment later in the year.'



Agnieszka  19 Nov 2022

Excellent training, a lot of exciting information and practice in the field, zero stress, and a lot of patience. Thank you very much.smiley

Bart  19 Nov 2022

Thank you for a super inspiring day and lots of exciting topics.  Definitely the Silver course for next year.  Thank you very much, Robert, for an exciting experience and a great day.

Charles 09 Dec 2022

I recently completed my NNAS bronze award with Robert. If you want to become more competent and confident at map reading, I urge you to get in touch. I thoroughly enjoyed the course due to Robert's relaxed and friendly approach, which made me feel at ease. He will tailor the course to the individual, and he has vast knowledge and experience that he is always keen to impart to the course participants. I very much look forward to completing my silver award with Robert.

Brian  26 Jan 2024

I can thoroughly recommend this course.  Robert was a very relaxed and interesting person to be with over the two days.  He ensured that he understood my starting point, tailored the content to my needs, and provided the right level of challenge required to develop my knowledge and build confidence in navigation.