I have been exploring Scotland through backpacking, mountaineering sailing and sea kayaking for the last 20 years with a growing interest in cycle touring and hill running.
My interests have always been interwoven with my work and jobs have included:
4 years working onboard an old Gaff Rigged Schooner (or pirate ship!). Our sailing ground was mainly the west coast of Scotland and the Hebrides but also included journeys to Orkney, Shetland, Norway and Iceland;
Running Wilderness Therapy Courses based in Applecross in the North West Highlands but involved working with groups on multi-day camping trips throughout the Highlands:
Working as a trekking guide throughout Scotland but with the odd foray abroad to Africa, China and the Himalayas;
I am also a qualified Ambulance Technician.
Now and then I like to take myself off for a wee walk and I celebrated my 40th birthday by doing a continuous journey of all the Munros walking in between and sea kayaking to the islands. The journey took just over four months and was the most sensual experience, learning to live completely in the present. This was followed up 10 years later by a much harder expedition to complete all the Corbetts in a continual journey, this time involving walking, cycling and sailing to the islands.
Not a lot of people know this
When I was a young lass I was an extra in the movie Gregory’s Girl. Watching it is great fun and a wee bit of personal history as lots of friends and family are in it and it very much epitomises how we grew up.