My last post, which was longer ago than I intended, featured the trip I made to Fort William back in February for the Mountain Festival. The beauty of knowing people who live there now is that I found myself back there a few weeks later, after following my curiosity and responding to a tweet which intrigued me.
That tweet was from the Centre for Recreation and Tourism Research (CRTR), a research centre at the University of the Highlands and Island's School of Adventure Studies, based in Fort William. I'd been following the account for a while as the centre is involved in a number of projects I'm really interested in, including Sustainable Heritage, Adventure Tourism and Slow Adventure. They were looking for people to get involved in module testing as part of a project called ADVENT (Adventure tourism vocational education and training) focussing on Guiding and Interpretation. I'm always excited at opportunities to learn and was so pleased to get offered a place on the course, especially as I knew that other participants would be coming from Iceland and Finland - countries that are partners in the project.
I’ve been spending more time in Fort William recently, having not visited it since I was a little girl. Each time I arrive I'm just in awe at the dramatic surroundings and the changing light, and of course the imposing Ben Nevis which commands the landscape.
The last weekend in February was the mountain festival there, albeit with unseasonably warm weather and a lack of snow on the hills. My main festival activities were going to talks and film screenings, but there were practical workshops running over the weekend too. My top three highlights included:
The start of this year has been a busy one. I began 2019 in Dumfries and Galloway, and have since been to Fort William, the Peak District (the picture above was taken at Stanage Edge) and the Linlithgow, Queensferry and Falkirk areas. I've also spent some time in Inverness, Dundee and had my first bothy experience
… and its only mid-February.
I think there are both positives and negatives to social media. For me, it's about about being selective about what content you are consuming, and of course creating. I like to see posts that inspire me, and give me ideas, and try to only follow people or brands that do just that. It can be a great way to share your passions, 'meet' - even virtually - people you feel you can connect with, and its also a good way to express your creativity.
There are so many people I enjoy following on Instagram, but one lovely lady I wanted to mention in particular is Iona, who runs the account Iona Adventuring I'm not sure when I started following her, but I love seeing the posts of her adventures around Scotland and she has such a positive attitude towards the benefits of getting outdoors and being active. She also posts some awesome stories of what she's up to, and watching her cycling stories gave me the push I needed to get out on the bike I'd owned for nearly three years and not ridden! (posts on that to come...)
I'm Kelly. A thirty-something year old adventurer from Aberdeenshire. Read more about me in the ABOUT ME section.