Introducing me

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Hello, I’m Ewan and the guy behind this blog.  As the name suggests, I’m passionate about Scotland – and particularly, Scotland’s wild places.

I love to experience adventures in Scotland’s outdoors, whether it’s walking, running, paddling, cycling or camping.  For me, getting off the beaten track is just the perfect antidote to the business of ‘life’.  I’m never happier than when I’m wild camping on a mountain summit with absolutely no signs of human existence in sight.

The world’s a big place and there are some fantastic locations to explore … and I do have a long bucket list of places I want to go.  But Scotland’s landscape ranks up there among the best in the world, so for the time being I’m happy exploring my own back yard. On a clear day I can see three Munros and a Corbett from the end of my street. I’ve also seen the northern lights dancing in the night sky from my front doorstep. It’s a special part of the world and I consider myself a lucky guy.

So I’m a part-time adventurer, a husband, a dad and I work full-time.  But I do like to make plans.  And while Wild about Scotland documents my recent adventures it’s also contains my future plans.  Lots of them.  They inspire me and I hope they provide inspiration for you too.

Here are just a few of my current interests:

Walking:  I’m a Mountain Leader and Munroist, having climbed all the 3000ft mountains in Scotland, England and Wales. I also enjoy backpacking which means I can take a tent with me

VW camper vans:  My VW California is my daily vehicle as well as my holiday home on wheels.  Having that flexibility and freedom is a real luxury, and puts a big smile on my face. A van with a tent on top – fantastic!

Cycle touring:  I’ve cycled from Land’s End to John O’Groats and toured around Scotland. It’s a good excuse to take a tent and pitch up for the night

Duke of Edinburgh:  I’m an Expedition Supervisor, leading groups of young people on DofE expeditions from my local high school. Camping’s a big part of DofE

Sea kayaking:  I’ve just taken up sea kayaking so I can explore and camp on mountains and islands

Camping:  Did I mention that I like camping?  My first camping memory is sleeping in a canvas tent bag in France (aged 6) since my parents forgot a sleeping bag for their youngest boy.  Somehow that didn’t put me off.  I really love wild camping in Scotland’s wild places.

Introducing Wild about Scotland

Wild about Scotland is my award-winning personal blog:

  • voted ‘Best UK Camping Blog’ in the Trespass Blog Awards in both 2016 and 2014
  • shortlisted (also by a public vote) in the Go Outdoors Blog Awards 2016
  • ranked either first or second by Google when searching for Scottish camping or campervan blogs
  • featured as an Editor’s Pick on WordPress Discover in March 2017.

This site has received over 1.5 million views since late 2012 – around 550,000 to 600,000 annually in 2015 and 2016. In January 2017 the blog had 2,400 followers: 1,500 on Twitter, 900 on WordPress and 60 on Instagram.

 

 

Media collaborations

I write, take photographs, review products and have been published and interviewed in the following ways:

 

I’m happy to review outdoor-related products and services which are directly aligned with my blog.

Please contact me if you’d like to discuss a collaboration or product review. I’d love to hear from you. Please leave me a comment, drop me a note or tell me your story.

 

 

28 Comments on “About

  1. Hi, we love your blog and it has inspired us to purchase a California which is proving as good as we hoped. We are off to Seal Shore later in the year, but just wanted to ask whether you paid car rates when you went? We will have the bike rack on the back. Thanks

    • Hi !

      That’s great to hear you’ve decided to take the plunge and buy a Cali. Hopefully this will be the start of lots of great adventures !

      We don’t have the bike rack over the rear window but a removable towbar rack (which we didn’t have when we went to Arran). So, given the Cali is (just) under 5m we would have paid the lowest rate (I guess for a ‘motorhome’ but I honestly can’t remember). You wouldn’t be much over 5m with the bike rack on … tricky … worth a risk and booking it at 5m ?!? They might not be too bothered if you’re going on a quieter ferry.

      PS As a new Cali owner, are there any topics you think I could cover on the blog ? I’m happy to have a stab at writing a post on a topic you can’t find covered elsewhere – just let me know.

  2. Thanks very much, it is all booked! We have found so many of your posts useful. Loved the one about what to pack! Any campsite reviews are good, as are equipment reviews (need to order our wardrobe shelves!). The one thing we do find tricky is organising ourselves, especially with a 6yo in tow. We never seem to be able to pack up in the morning without lots of stress! Thanks again,

    • You’ve given me a few ideas here which is good. I can definitely do some campsite reviews as well as some equipment reviews. Getting packed up in the morning is I think tricky for everyone – and also personal to your particular circumstances. But I’ll have a go at this … in a light-hearted way.

      Thanks for the feedback and inspiration – keep the ideas coming !

  3. Love your website, soon to be owners of a cali (22/05/14) and getting excited about our new travels! Live in Cumbria so not far from your awesome Scotland…will be study-ing your blog for places to go etc….great stuff x

    • Hi,

      Great to hear you have a Cali on order – roll on May ! Just let me know if you have any questions about the Cali or camping you can’t find answered on my site and I’ll do my best to answer them.

  4. Love the site , loads of info . Am going to show at nec to finalise decision on a california. Will keep you posted

  5. I cannot get your pages to print; my computers both say ‘there is a problem with this web page’. Pity as it’s all very enticing !

    • Hi John, I’ve never tried to print any pages so thanks for pointing this out ! I’ve added a print option under “share this” at the foot of each post which seems to work. At least, pages now print with the correct formatting although for some strange reason not all posts seem to include the “share this” section and I can’t figure out why WordPress isn’t doing this on a consistent basis. Which post(s) are you trying to print and does this work now?

  6. I’m afraid not; we prefer hard copy to trying to read a mobile while the other one drives. I have tried to print on a laptop and a PC and on two printers. Other IE pages seem to print ok.

    • Hi John, I’m glad you got it to work. That post seems to work fine with Internet Explorer. Cutting and pasting into Word is another option.

    • Hi, thanks for getting in touch. The Yellowstone fast boil cook set or the Outwell collapsible kettle both look interesting if you’d like me to review either of those ? Could you reply by e-mail using the ‘Get in touch’ form on the side bar of a blog post page please ?

  7. Thanks, This should bring our email address, I couldnt find the contact me button.. Sorry 😦 We are thinking of converting our Agila A which is a badges Wagon R. Mechanism pics would be great. Hope you have a good weekend. We love the Far North, our Daughter is working in Rosshire. Have a Good Weekend Nick and Joan Rogers

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    • Hi, I’ve sent you 3 photos on Twitter – assuming it’s the same Nick Rogers who followed me recently?! You can see my Twitter feed on the right hand side of any blog post page anyway (together with the Get in Touch form – sorry, not Contact me). Hopefully you can see the lever used to turn the seat. It’s just a swivel seat the fits on the same runners as a non- swivel seat.

  8. Hi, i enjoyed your description of owning a vw california. From time to time we have camped in Scotland and are very wary of midges. Twice it was downright scary. We are thinking of buying a Cali and wondered if you have found any way of keeping the midges out.
    frank

    • Hi Frank,

      Thanks for the feedback. Most of the time I find midges annoying but would move on if I was unable to camp, as we have done before. Unfortunately the fly screens in the Cali (in the roof canvas and side window) were designed for European insects, not the small Scottish variety, and they can easily get in. The easiest solution is to keep the windows fully shut. But I think you can also buy a very fine mesh netting that others have sewn over the top of the existing net in the roof canvas. Either way, it’s manageable … in my view midges are an inconvenience, not a show-stopper.

  9. We absolutely love Scotland. It was our main annual holiday place growing up as my dad was a keen fisherman, visiting Ullapool mainly. Last year we did a week’s touring in our Camper (Polly) & totally loved it! (Keep meaning to add that holiday into my blog – it’s on the ‘to do’ list) Brought back so many memories for me. We’re definitely doing it again. We also love camping, especially wild camping. Also, as keen snowboarders we try every year to get up there in Winter, but never made it for one reason or another- one day 😊 love your blog

    • That sounds a pretty good set of reasons for wanting to return to Scotland! I get out and about walking, cycling, camping etc as much as I can … but my own ‘to do’ list only seems to get longer!

  10. Hello! Great website and stunning photos! I look forward to reading more on your blog. Scotland has long been on my list of places to visit, hopefully sometimes soon I will make it there for a trip!. Maegan

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