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9th April 2010

The Cairngorms National Park Authority (CNPA) has just announced details of a series of training courses, taking place this summer and organised by the Land Based Business Training Project (LBBTP). The courses are specifically aimed at anyone working in the outdoors with visitors or guests and only cost £10 per course to attend.

LBBTP manager Andy Rockall said: “These courses are ideal for anyone involved in taking others out to enjoy the special qualities of the Cairngorms National Park whether they work as a mountain guide, a countryside ranger or a stalker. We expect  there to be a high demand for places on these courses so if anyone is interested, please don’t hesitate to get in touch as allocations will be on a first come, first serve basis.”

The first course takes place on Friday 23 April and is all about Reading the Landscape: Why does the Cairngorms look like it does? An archaeologist, a geologist and a landscape architect will answer the question and explain the effect of the natural and human influences on outdoor workplaces leaving participants with a better understanding of the landscape and some knowledge of how to read and interpret it.

The other training events are:

  • Thursday 3 June – Wildlife in the Cairngorms. This course takes a look at the wildlife of the Scottish mountains, why the mountains are important for wildlife and what are the most common animals, birds, plants and insects.
  • Tuesday 24 August – Gaelic in the Cairngorms. Part of the cultural richness of the Cairngorms National Park is that it is overwhelmingly a Gaelic landscape so this event is designed to help people learn some of the Gaelic mountain names, colours and other landscape descriptors. The day is aimed at non-Gaelic speakers.
  • Wednesday 15 September – Telling the stories of the Cairngorms National Park. The Cairngorms is a place rich in natural and cultural heritage and we all have stories about the place to share. This course is designed to allow people to share those stories and develop methods and techniques for telling those stories effectively.
  • Tuesday 28 September – Understanding the Scottish Outdoor Access Code takes participants through the Code and the legislation and peoples’ rights and responsibilities with a focus on how the Code impacts on people working outdoors.

This programme has been organised by CNPA in discussion with the Mountain Leader Training Association, the Association of Mountain Instructors, the Mountaineering Council of Scotland, the British Association of International Mountain Leaders, has the kind support of Glenmore Lodge and is made possible by the funding support from the European Social Fund.

All of the courses will be based at Glenmore Lodge, near Aviemore and booking is essential. For more information or to book a place on any of the courses contact Andy Rockall on tel: 01479 870535, email or Sam Masson on tel: 01479 870537, email.