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Posted on Jan 04, 2017 by Rupert Shanks

What does it feel like to engage with wild places? What human need draws us to a wild adventure?

We’re passionate about the value of connecting to wild spaces. We’re also fascinated by what wild adventure does to people. So we’ve tried to capture some thoughts from those who travel with us.


Mike Tait (West Coast Explorer): “I think increasingly, our lives are deskbound and digital now as well. The value of these kind of experiences is to get out and actually do things. When you break that routine and you come somewhere like this… it’s extraordinary”.

Wild adventure, how does it feel?

Mike Tait afloat in Loch Hourn on the remote Knoydart peninsula.


Jane Brown (Canoeing and walking the North West Highlands): “The peace of it. You know, you can just find that moment of peace. And that kind of gives you a spiritual uplift, doesn’t it. And you can then take that away with you”.

Wild adventure, how does it feel?

Gazing across the wild panorama of Inverpolly on our canoeing trip in the North west Highlands.


Catriona Mackenzie (Sandwood Bay visit): “To be out in it. To feel it, as well as see it and hear it. That feeling of connection with it all. You can’t put a price on that.”

Catriona Mackenzie was one of our guests who sadly left her trip early due to illness. This was particularly hard on her as she was due to visit a very special beach called Sandwood Bay. Her grandfather had told her about the place as a young girl. We decided to give her a wee surprise and arranged for her to be taken up to the North West Highlands and finally reach Sandwood.

Wild adventure, how does it feel?

Catriona and Wilderness Guide Kirsty approaching Sandwood Bay.


Craig Forsythe (Wilderness Guide): “You really get a feel that you’re in a remote place, a wilderness place. A really special place”.

Craig Forsythe is one of our Wilderness Guides. This group of people perhaps epitomise the thinking that wild places add so much value to our lives. They have made wild adventure the central ethos of how they live.

Wild adventure, how does it feel?

Craig snapped this stunning shot of sunset in Loch Scionascaig on a canoe adventure.


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What does wild adventure mean to you? Can you put it into words?



About the author

Rupert Shanks

After a spell in the corporate world in London Rupert decided to find a more rewarding way of life involving a closer connection to the outdoors and to his camera! Rupert produces a lot of the photography and video for Wilderness Scotland and works within the Marketing team.

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