Please have a look at my friends new website, encouraging people to get off their backsides and explore the outdoors – featuring extensive guides and a varied catalogue recommending affordable camping gear.
My name is Scott, I grew up in Aberdeen, Scotland. As a child I often went wild camping in the holidays with my father around Scotland for weeks at a time from as far south as Campeltown up to Loch Ness in the North. We would catch the Stagecoach bus from Aberdeen to our destination then hike for miles to wherever my dad saw fit to set up camp. These camping trips instilled in me a love for the outdoors, the history of Scotland and for the use of simple practical affordable outdoor clothing and camping equipment.
These days there is a lot of modern expensive ultra light big branded clothing on the market which for the most are bought as designer clothing rather than for their practical qualities. Don’t get me wrong some of the kit is exceptionally good and serve their purpose well. For me personally I like to sit around a campfire and relax not having to worry about a hot ember instantly melting through my very expensive soft shell top brand ultra light jacket. I am not saying I won’t sell these type of products on my site but they won’t be my main focus.
As I grew up I went camping a lot with friends usually by bus and later with an old Suzuki SJ 4×4 vehicle which was also lots of fun. We used to take an inflatable rubber dinghy with us and explore and camp over night on inland islands. A few years later myself and a friend went back packing in Canada and went on a wild camping trip to Algonquin park where we used open Canadian canoes which were brilliant for wild camping and lugging gear around.
After this trip I decided to look into canoeing in Scotland which is actually very popular, after all we have lots and lots of lochs. So eventually I saved up and bought a Old Town Discovery Canadian open canoe which when I get the chance I use to get out on the lochs exploring. You can access so many normally inaccessible areas and I highly recommend it to any one. There are books with routes around Scotland and you don’t need to go anywhere near any white water if you do not want too. I also have two young boys of my own now and so the cycle continues as I am now introducing them to the great outdoors, although with all the modern day gadgetry its a lot harder.
I have always been passionate about the outdoors and Scotland, from wild camping, canoeing to overlanding. Hence the reason I decided to launch a site that sells a range of quality outdoor and camping equipment at reasonable prices. Also to encourage Scots to get out and explore this magnificent wee country we call home. I will be asking other fellow Scots to tell their stories of great outdoor feats accomplished or in the making. I want to mix it with some related Scottish history which can inspire people to get out and about like John MacGregor the Scottish explorer who designed and built a canoe and named it after his famous relation Rob Roy MacGregor or hiking Bonnie Prince Charlies escape route after Culloden like the famous Tom Weir did. I also want to try to support local Scottish businesses by using Scottish branded outdoor gear, Scottish Wholesalers and Scottish couriers.
See my blog page for greats Scots and their amazing feats.
I hope everyone likes the site. If there’s anything your planing on doing or have already done so and would like to see it on the site then please get in touch. Also if there is anything you would like to see for sale on the site or anything you would like to hear about in regards to getting out and about in Scotland then please contact us.
All the Best