Your outdoors


What will you be doing in Scotland's great outdoors this year?

We're looking for stories to feature on this website, and would love to hear about your plans and motivations for this year's adventure, whatever it may be!

A fund of ideas

It could be a trip to the local park to look for wildlife, learning to paddle a kayak or taking part in an adrenaline-fuelled adventure race.

If you are at a loss for inspiration as to what to do outdoors, have a browse through the Scotland Outdoors events listing which aims to provide something to encourage each and every one of us to get out there and enjoy ourselves.

A 'whistling stop' tour of the North West

Alan's campervan

Alan Crichton reveals what happened when a spell of good weather took him, his wife and their 'Tardis' westwards. Read about his trip here

Family sails round Scotland

The Thompson family

Andrew Thompson tells the story of his summer adventure sailing round Cape Wrath with his family in their 35ft yacht Myfanwy. Read more here

A trip to the Knoydart mica mine

James Westland

Scotland Outdoors user James Westland got in touch to tell us about his planned trip to the Knoydart peninsula. Read about his adventure here

Brothers reunite for first holiday

The Docherty brothers (courtesy of the Docherty family)

Vince Docherty tells his story of four brothers meeting up in Dumfriesshire for a long-awaited holiday.
Read more here.

Julie's diary

Julie McElroy

Julie McElroy writes about preparing for the Ben Nevis Challenge which took place in May 2008. The event was the first wheelchair-led team race to take place on Britain's highest mountain.
Read Julie's diary here.

Caledonian Challenge : 54 miles, 24 hours

Walkers in the Caledonian Challenge 2007 (courtesy of the event organisers)

Another great adventure of 2008 was the RBS Caledonian Challenge, an endurance walking event during which teams of competitors attempted to complete a 54-mile route along part of the West Highland Way.

Starting from Fort William in the middle of June, the teams had 24 hours in which to reach the finish point at Ardleish on the banks of Loch Lomond. Some ran, some walked, and all were exhausted by end of the race.

We tell the tales of a few of the teams as they prepared to take part in one of the Scotland's most challenging long-distance races. Read more.

Feeling inspired?

If you've a story to tell about an adventure you're taking part in please send an email to Scotland Outdoors or post a comment in the form below.

Page first published on Tuesday 22nd April 2008
Page last updated on Thursday 13th August 2009

Your Views

christine reid
Hi there, I am interested in exploring Trec with my horse - does anyone out there know of any groups doing this in central Scotland?

Hugh Toal
I am from Kendal, Cumbria and on the 9th July spent 5 days in Knoydart, starting from Inverie we walked to Sourlies on the banks of Loch Nevis and camped there for 2 nights on 2nd day we climbed up onto Squrr na Cich and on 3rd day walked to Lochan nam Breac and camped there for one night, by the way this place was stunning,then on fourth day walked to Barisdale bothy and camped there for 1 night then on 5th day walked back to Inverie where we camped for a night, overall this place was fantastic canna wait to come back.

andy bebbington
I am planning to ride up the west coast of Scotland taking in Arun, Skye and Kintyre. I have heard and now read about the Midge situation so will eat garlic and use "so soft" but I wondered as my trip is to take place around the coast whether there is any coastal respite due to the sea breeze? If anyone can help can they please e-mail me. Thanks Andy

Ian williamson
G,Day i listen to you guys all the time while i am at the gym on my i pod i get a lot of podcasts from bbc scotland i am 51 years old and left scotland 47 years ago but come home every couple years to fife and travel all over the place so thank you for keeping me excited about scotland outdoors all the best, from ian melbourne australia

Why don't you have running as a category - there are LOTS of runners and events all across Scotland all through the year - from ultras like the West Highland Way to 5ks and fun runs.

Morris Blair
the link to send you an email does not function. I wanted to give information on my adventure walking round scotlands coast. My web site is

good luck

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