About Venture Mòr

Venture Mòr is the newly established social enterprise wholly owned by parent charity, Venture Trust. The organisation comprises: wilderness therapy programmes, health & wellbeing breaks, Duke of Edinburgh Awards scheme, and; a large hub in the form of Hartfield House, our 4 star hostel in Applecross.

Wilderness Therapy

We provide Wilderness Therapy programmes throughout the UK for young people struggling with difficult circumstances. Our programmes are currently 21 days long, are specifically tailored for 14-18 year olds, and are situated wholly in the wilderness. Our parent chairty, Venture Trust, has an excellent reputation and over 30 years of experience in supporting vulnerable young people, helping them to make positive, sustainable life changes using the wilderness as a catalyst for personal development and life skills. This is a great platform on which to move Venture Mòr, our experienced field team and therapists into supporting young people from all walks of life.


Duke of Edinburgh

We currently offer two elements of the Duke of Edinburgh programme: expedition training and assessments, and gold award residential weeks. We also provide group accommodation, field trips and activity weeks. As an Approved Activity Provider for The Duke of Edinburgh's Award for expeditions, you can rest assured that we know what we’re talking about and that the quality assurance comes direct from the award itself. To learn more about what we can provide take a look at our DofE pages


Health & Wellbeing

We facilitate health and wellbeing breaks such as yoga and mindfulness retreats at our 4 star hostel in Applecross. We appreciate that it can be difficult to find somewhere that suits your requirements if you are looking for somewhere to hold your retreat, so we offer a package that includes as littlen or as much support as you choose. We have studios, kit, equipment, additional activities such as wild swimming, foraging and nature walks, as well as providing plant based Ayurvedic, vegetarian and vegan catering should you need it. Our hostel is in a very peaceful location at the foot of the mountains, but on the edge of the calming waters of the Inner Sound. And Applecross itself, or A'Chomraich in Gaelic, means Sanctuary. We can guarantee that it is a sanctuary! Get in touch with our team on 0845 340 2059 / info@venturemor.co.uk nto discuss your requirements, or see our wellbeing pages for moer information.


Social Purpose

Venture Mòr is a social enterprise. All our profits are ploughed back into our parent charity, Venture Trust, to support the crucial programmes being provided for disadvantaged young people, veterans, and those caught in the criminal justice system.

So, when you book your a place on our Wilderness Therapy programme, Duke of Edinburgh, a wellbeing break or accommodation at our hostel, you are giving your support to a very worthwhile charity that has the outdoors at its very heart. To learn more about Venture Trust, please visit the website www.venturetrust.org.uk

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The Venture Mòr Team

Mike Strang

Mike is Head of Operations at Venture Mòr. He has joined us from the Prince's Trust, prior to that Mike worked for Fairbridge which was a sister charity to Venture Trust. Mike has 19 years working in the field, at sea and managing teams delivering personal development programmes for disadvantaged groups and individuals who need belief and a positive intervention to regain control of their lives.

Andy Hardie

Andy Hardie

Andy has been working in the outdoor industry for over ten years. His career began in the Lake District where he graduated with a degree in outdoor leadership. Since then he has worked for some of the most well-known organisations in the outdoor adventure industry.

He has appreciated the opportunity to have some of his own adventures in Canada, the Alps, Morocco and New Zealand to name a few. These experiences have given Andy the knowledge, passion and professionalism that you will experience on his trips. He holds both MTLUK summer and winter mountain leader qualifications, single pitch climbing instructor award and is a BCU level 2 coach in kayaking and canoeing. Andy is also a registered and qualified counsellor with the BACAP and has a deep interest in the practice of wilderness therapy.

Jess Whistance

Jess Whistance

Jess has been with Venture Mòr for almost three years. Prior to that she was Project Manager of the Applecross Landscape Partnership scheme after moving to Scotland from Devon. Jess spent four years at the Dartmoor Partnership, working to build the business through marketing, PR and partnership development.

Away from work, Jess is passionate about the outdoors and spends a great deal of her time running, biking and kayaking. Jess ran the London Marathon and Edinburgh Half Marathon, the Loch Ness Marathon and the OMM for Venture Trust in 2015/6, and she plans to do further fundraising in 2017.


Hartfield House Hostel

Hartfield House is our Visit Scotland 4 star hostel located in the beautiful Applecross peninsula in the north-west Highlands. The hostel is situated just back off the main North Coast 500 route in the old (but newly refurbished) hunting lodge on the Applecross Estate. The hostel sleeps up to 50 people in a mix of twin, double, private, triple and dorm rooms. There are relaxing communal areas, self-catering kitchens, dining room, shower blocks, drying rooms, laundry and a small shop for essentials. There is also a function hall which accommodates up to 100 people and is ideal for wedding receptions and parties. The complex also benefits from a smaller function room which is ideal for business gatherings and yoga/wellbeing classes. Hartfield House is ideal for activity groups, health and wellbeing breaks, weddings and parties, and everything in between. You can book online or find out more via our website here.