taking disadvantaged young people (14-22 years old) on day, weekend and week-long walks/expeditions in the Scottish hills and wilderness areas.

Who we are and what we do

Stevenson Adventures SCIO (Scottish Charitable Incorporated Organisation) works alongside organisations and groups who are already involved with disadvantaged young people (14-22 years old). We provide qualified leaders and equipment to take these young folk on day, weekend and week-long walks/expeditions in the Scottish hills and wilderness areas in order to give them a challenge that will help to develop them as individuals. In particular we want to develop:

  • Greater self-confidence
  • Team-player skills
  • Social skills

We also advance the Stevenson Way as a long distance wilderness walk in Scotland to the benefit of the general public and provide guided walks on the Stevenson Way as a means to support the work with disadvantaged teenagers.


Our aim is to work with individual groups of young folk over a period of time in order to fully develop their potential. We have a trainee leadership programme whereby suitable young people will be encouraged to develop their leadership skills.

Kidnapped130 - Recreating the epic events in the book Kidnapped, 130 years after it's publication. Sailing from South Queensferry on 20th May 2016 round the Orkney Islands to Erraid. Then yomping along the Stevenson Way back to Edinburgh in 11-12 days! Raising money for 3 charities. THANK YOU to everyone who has donated.

Introductory Video


Stevenson Adventures SCIO was launched in May 2012 at the NTS Centre in Glencoe. In keeping with our connection to the Stevenson Way and the book Kidnapped, by Robert Louis Stevenson, we had a re-enactment of Recoats hunting David Balfour and Allan Breck through the heather - great fun!

John Muir Award

We are also involved with the John Muir Award and are currently working with disadvantaged teenagers from an Edinburgh school on the Explore element. There is a lot of synergy between our aims and those of the John Muir Award.


We are licensed with the Adventures Activities Licensing Authority (AALA) and all our instructors are qualified Mountain Leaders. Licence No. L10685/R2076



If you would like to give us a donation then please either contact us or donate directly via the mydonate button below. Whatever you give will be used to bring a positive impact on the lives of disadvantaged young people.

The Stevenson Way

The Stevenson Way offers a unique opportunity for those working with disadvantaged teenagers. Rather than provide one-off experiences Stevenson Adventures would rather build on a longer term challenge. This is where a challenge of completing the Stevenson Way would prove very beneficial as there are so many areas where such young folk can develop e.g. planning, responsibility, risk awareness, team work, endurance, respect for the environment, cooking, navigation, etc.

Stevenson Adventures aims to promote the Stevenson Way to folk in the United Kingdom as well to those in North America and Europe. Both the wilderness experience and the Robert Louis Stevenson background will be attractive to prospective walkers. The aim is to provide suitable information for experienced walkers to tackle the Stevenson Way.

Regular guided walks will be arranged to take people on the Stevenson Way, either as week-long walks or weekend ones. Walkers will be able to choose from a variety of accommodation from quality hotels to camping. Provision will be made for local experts, e.g. wildlife, historical, etc to be involved.

For those wishing to walk themselves then information and advice will be provided.

For more details on the Stevenson Way please visit www.stevensonway.org.uk

Scottish Charity Number SC043128


Stevenson Adventures SCIO gratefully acknowledges the support and funding from:



We gratefully acknowledge support from the following companies:




Our organisation is part of the European Network In the Footsteps of R.L. Stevenson.

The objective of the European Stevenson network is to promote the life and works of Robert Louis Stevenson and in parallel, the territories visited and explored by the author.
Discover the Network's website : http://www.rlstevenson-europe.org/en