I have some rather exciting news to announce today! For the next two years, along with a group of brilliant outdoorsy people, I am going to be working with Ordnance Survey, encouraging people to GetOutside in Scotland. I’m so excited to get started!
So why am I a #GetOutside Champion? Well, until last year I was the definitive stuck in a rut late-30-something. After 15 years of sitting behind a desk, my fitness was through the floor – and physically and mentally I was just tired. I thought I’d tried everything – the gym wasn’t for me and I’m hopeless at team sports – but then I was challenged to climb a Munro, a Scottish mountain over 3000ft. That day on the mountain changed my life – struggling up that hill helped me in so many ways. Getting outside reignited my love of the outdoors and I discovered that I loved the physical and mental challenge that hillwalking provided – plus it turned out that I can climb that hill...although I am still learning to pose at the top along the way!
However, while I have come a long way since that first hill (I’m now up to 27 Munros including Ben Nevis!) I know how intimidating the outdoors can be – at times it just seems like the outdoor community is full of people setting out to achieve bigger and bigger things. But we are not all experts – and even if we are, we were all beginners once. So, I want to show you how easy it is to take that first step outside – and how it will be one of the best things you will ever do.
In April 2017, I produced a Beginners Guide to Bagging a Munro for BBC Scotland. The video has inspired so many people to get outside – I have had so many people getting in touch about how it has motivated them to get started, and it’s been amazing to see that I have helped encourage so many people to post their first ‘summit selfies’!
I wouldn’t be doing this without Scotland. My favourite country is more than just castles and whisky – Scotland’s landscape is a huge part of what makes Scotland, as a place, tick. From picturesque short walks and the best wee hills to getting up there and bagging a Munro, I hope to inspire all visitors to Scotland to # GetOutside into our gorgeous country. I hope you join in too!
Inspired? Here is how you can GetOutside in Scotland.
Love, from Scotland x