Frequently Asked Questions

Will I get stung?
Our safari bees have been specially selected for their calm disposition, however, there’s lots of external environmental factors that mean we can’t make any promises that you won’t get stung. As long as you follow the advice of the beekeeper, you should have a sting free happy experience.

Is there parking at The Bee School?
Yes, we have ample free parking on site. The carpark will be clearly marked from the road, and then it is just a short walk to the Old Kirk.

Is The Bee School accessible by public transport?
Yes, the nearest train station is Balloch, from here it’s either a short taxi ride or bus journey (your choice) to the school. We can help to arrange car share if needed, just let us know. For the address and more details visit our location page.

I’m attending the course as part of a weekend break, can you help with accommodation?
Absolutely, we’re very fortunate to have the support from a small group of wonderful people, who provide holiday lets and B&Bs in the area. All are known to us personally and will have the perfect solution for your weekend break, let us know your plans and we can hook you up.

Weekend Bee School:

So this is it, you’ve taken the plunge and decided to take the first step to becoming a beekeeper, but now you have a thousand questions whirling around in your head.

What beekeeping equipment is provided during my course for inspection?

The Bee School will provide all necessary equipment for you to safely inspect an active hive, this includes a full bee suit and gloves. We just ask you to bring your own wellies.

What course materials will be provided?
We’ll provide you with a handbook containing presentational material, which can also be used for keeping notes, we’ll provide a pen too. If you’re creative in your note taking and like to use highlighters, then you’ll need to bring your own.

What do I need to bring?
You just need to bring a pair of wellies, or boots. Ideally they need to be above the ankle so the suit can sit snuggly over the top, without a wandering bee being able to squeeze its way through any gaps.

Do I need to bring food?
No, a light buffet lunch will be provided on both days and there will be copious amounts of tea and coffee available throughout the weekend, did we mention cake? You’re in good hands for cake.

I have a dietary requirement, do I need to bring my own food?

Prior to attending your course, we’ll send you an introduction letter and a checklist for attending the course, we’ll also ask you to send us any specific dietary requirements you have so we can make sure we can cater to your needs, no need to bring your own lunch.

Will you send out joining instructions?
Yes, we’ll send you all the information required prior to attending your course.

Bee Safaris:

We’re super excited you’ve chosen to spend the afternoon with our bees on safari, but imagine you have a few questions, as it’s not everyday you get up close and personal with 30,000+ bees.

I have special dietary needs and the Safaris include honey tasting, can I still take part?

We aim to gather your dietary needs prior to your attendance on all pre-booked courses. If this has not been possible, please let our beekeeper know on arrival and we will endeavour to meet your needs.

What beekeeping equipment is provided during my Safari?
The Bee School will provide all necessary equipment for you to safely inspect an active hive, this includes a full bee suit and gloves, we just ask you to bring your own wellies.

What do I need to bring?
You just need to bring a smile and a pair of wellies, or boots. Ideally they need to be above the ankle so the suit can sit snuggly over the top, preventing a wandering bee being able to squeeze its way through any gap.

Hopefully we’ve been able to answer all your bee related queries, but if not, please send any questions via bee-mail to thebeekeeper@thebeeschool.co.uk