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I’m a GetOutside Champion!

I’m a GetOutside Champion!

Along with a group of brilliant outdoorsy people, I’m working with Ordnance Survey, encouraging people to #GetOutside in Scotland.  This is why…

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

Find out more about the GetOutside campaign

Jenny Collins

Friday 19th of January 2018

Well done Kate you are definitely an inspiration! Keep climbing xx


Friday 19th of January 2018

Congrats Kate - this is fab! You're a great ambassador for the Scottish outdoors.

Stravaiging around Scotland

Friday 19th of January 2018



Friday 19th of January 2018

This is very cool, Kate! You deserve it. ❤

Love from, Smidge

Friday 19th of January 2018

Thanks Paula! I'm pretty chuffed :)