Fun and freedom of a campervan

It started with a dream… and after years of saving and searching I finally took ownership of a shiny VW campervan. Fern The Campervan came from Ferndown near Bournemouth and is now happily rehomed in Scotland. I think I had a vague idea of how useful a campervan would be for my outdoorsy life but until the first few adventures I could not have known just how amazing it would be. Since I’ve had the van I have become more […]

Top green accolade for Nikwax

Nikwax, the company that sell all those bottles and packets of waterproofing products, have scooped a prestigious award. Indeed, this is the first outdoors company to win the Queen’s Award for Enterprise in Sustainable Development. In fact, did you even know that Nikwax products are environmentally friendly and fully PFC free? Nikwax make products that allow for re-waterproofing of items, such as breathable jackets, by using Nikwax TX.Direct in place of normal detergent in the washing machine. There is no […]

My First Camping Trip Of The Year

This weekend saw my first camping trip of the year and a return to one of my favourite spots in Glen Etive; actually that last bit isn’t quite true, as when we arrived the biting easterly wind suggested that continuing further up the Glen to a more sheltered location would make for a quieter night. As it turned out it was a wild night regardless, but by continuing for another mile or so we were afforded the opportunity to observe […]

Launch of new John Muir Way

The new and extended John Muir Way opens this month. The 134-mile route starts in Dunbar on the east coast of Scotland and finishes in Helensburgh on the west coast. The path will be launched on April 21, on the anniversary of Muir’s birth and in the centenary year of his death. If you don’t already know, John Muir is the Scots-born conservationist who is famed as the founder of America’s national parks. While Muir lived only the first 11 […]

To use poles… or not to use poles!

When we are out walking the Munros, my partner and I always have a wee argument about walking poles. He loves them, while I loathe them. He says they take a bit of getting used to but the benefits are amazing, including fresher legs and  upper body conditioning. I have never been able to get the hang of walking poles so I prefer not to bother. I find the poles just get in my way. But research reveals there is […]

Bid to swim to St Kilda

Swimming a few hundred metres in Scotland’s chilly seas would be more than enough for most people. Yet nine Scots are planning to take on an epic 65-mile ocean crossing in the north-west of Scotland this summer. The swim, between the Outer Hebridean islands of Harris and St Kilda, has never been done before and the team know they will be facing many challenges to pull off the feat. Swimming as a relay of 45 minutes each for a total […]

Scottish skiing: What to wear

Scotland is enjoying a great season of snow – and the five resorts are welcoming skiers and snowboarders of all ages and abilities. In addition, the Winter Olympics will no doubt inspire even more people to give snow sports a go. Skiing and snowboarding lessons are the key to becoming skilful on the slopes and even regular skiers will benefit from tuition. But the ultimate key to enjoyment in Scotland is warmth. Even when the sky is blue, the winter […]

Benefits of lightweight down jackets

It used to be that down jackets where big puffy Michelin-man style affairs. While very warm they were also very bulky. But in recent years, many down jackets have become far lighter and much less bulky. Lightweight down jackets still boast great warmth but they are more slimline in looks. Another great invention is down that is more resistant to water. When traditional down becomes wet it loses its amazing ability to keep you warm. However, treated down such as […]

Scotland set for new ‘ultra’ ultra race

It might be two years off but you will need to put in some serious training for a new “ultra” ultra race in Scotland. In June 2016, Ourea Events is set to launch the Cape Wrath Ultra™. Billed as a once in a lifetime ultra-running expedition race, the Cape Wrath Ultra™ will head 400km through the Highlands. The route starts in Fort William and will follow ancient footpaths and remote tracks to reach the furthest northwesterly point of the British […]

Cairngorms Climbing – Doctor’s Choice

On Tuesday 14th, Fraser from the Edinburgh Outdoor Experience and I managed to sneak in a day winter climbing in the Northern Corries. It has been a bit of a frustrating season so far with high winds and warm air from the south but we were encouraged by a blue-sky forecast and -2 degrees at buttress level. There had been a flurry of ticking on the UKC logbooks on both Mess of Pottage and Aladdin’s Buttress so we set of early […]