About Venture Mòr

Venture Mòr is a social enterprise, wholly owned by parent charity, Venture Trust. The organisation comprises: wilderness therapy programmes, and; a large hub in the form of Hartfield House, its 4 star hostel in Applecross. Venture Mòr runs intensive Wilderness Therapy programmes throughout the year in the wild spaces of Scotland with highly qualified, experienced professionals. The programmes are for young people aged between 14 and 18 years, struggling with difficult circumstances. All profits from the programme are put back into Venture Trust to support more people who need a helping hand get back on their feet. 

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.

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 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 - Head of Operations 

I joined Venture Mòr from the Prince's Trust, prior to that I worked for Fairbridge which was a sister charity to Venture Trust. I have 19 years working in the field, at sea (as skipper on the Spirit of fairbridge tall ship) 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.

Through my work with Venture Mòr I hope to enrich the lives of young people through engaging programmes, adventure and wilderness. Venture Mòr provides young people with the tools they need to affect long lasting positive change laying the foundations for a more positive future.

Andy Hardie

Andy Hardie - Lead Therapist 

I have been working in outdoor learning and personal development for over a decade. Since studying and starting my career in the Lake District I have worked for some of the most well-known organisations in the sector. I am a Therapist, registered with the BACP and committed to their code of ethics. I am a trainee member of the British Psychoanalytic Council approaching registration as an Organisational Therapist. I am an accredited practitioner of the Institute for Outdoor Learning and hold a variety of guiding and coaching qualifications in adventure activities. 

I believe wild places provide a powerful opportunity to enhance a therapeutic process and offer a deeper understanding of it. I am fortunate to have a range of skills that allow me to work at depth with individuals and groups wishing to venture into this terrain.

Jess Whistance

Jess Whistance - Communications and Marketing Manager 

Jess has been with Venture Mòr since 2014. 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.






Neil Ratley - Communications and Marketing Officer 

Neil Ratley joined Venture Mòr in 2017. Before that he was a journalist in Australia and New Zealand for almost 10 years working for Fairfax Media - Australasia's leading media company. He specialised in reporting on social issues and as a police reporter. Neil also spent his younger years living and working in Scotland for a tour company as a hostel manager across the highlands and in Edinburgh. 

In between raising the profile of Venture Mòr, Neil enjoys the odd adventure. In 2016 he rode a motorcycle from the bottom of South America to Texas. The adventures help him indulge in his love of photography and travel writing.

Hartfield House

Hartfield House is situated within the former hunting lodge on the Applecross Estate, and is owned by the Applecross Trust. The building is leased to our parent charity, Venture Trust to run as a hostel. The hostel is a large hub in the form of Hartfield House hostel in Applecross.

Income generated through Hartfield House is ploughed into raising funds for the Venture Trust charity. The more money we raise, the more young adults Venture Trust can help to get back on their feet. So, when you book your stay at Hartfield House or you choose Venture Mòr for your next adventure, you will be putting money towards those in desperate need of your help. Simple as that! To find out more about Venture Trust charity, click here.