Welcome to Big Pond Scotland

Welcome to the website of Mike Dales’ business – Big Pond Scotland.

Big Pond Scotland is a consultancy offering services in:

  • Scottish Access RightsRatho6
  • Tourism Diversification for farms and estates
  • Troubleshooting for Tourism Businesses
  • Feasibility Studies
  • Tourism Marketing
  • Canoe Trails and Walking Routes
  • Proofreading and Copywriting
  • Visitor Monitoring
  • Outdoor Writing
  • Biosecurity

After 16 years experience as Access Officer with the Mountaineering Council of Scotland (MCofS) and Scottish Canoe Association (SCA) I am now running Big Pond Scotland and available for freelance work.

My knowledge and experience of Outdoor Recreation, Scottish Access Rights and Rural Tourism mean that I have a broad spectrum of skills that are of potential benefit to the public, private and voluntary sectors.

Please contact me if you would like to discuss any potential work, whatever the scale of the job you have in mind, and I will be happy to give you a quote.

Clients include: Adventure Centre for Education, Ayrshire and Arran Tourism, Comunn na Gàidhlig, Loch Lomond and The Trossachs National Park Authority, Mountaineering Council of Scotland, Paths for All Partnership, Scottish Canals, Scottish Canoe Association, Scottish Mountain Bike Consortium, Steve Jenkinson Access and Countryside Management, Stirling Enterprise, Stuart Johnston Mountaineering, TBL Organisational Development and Wild Scotland.

Looking to Ben Nevis from Aonach Mor

From the blog...

When 5×50 became 5×1,000

When 5×50 became 5×1,000

On Saturday 19th December 2015, I ran the Perth parkrun and reached a remarkable milestone. At least 5 kilometres of active travel on 1,000 consecutive days.

Thank you to the 5×50 Challenge for the inspiration to make such a fundamental change in my life.

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A Big Round Milestone

A Big Round Milestone

It’s building up to be quite a weekend. On Saturday my challenge of making a self-propelled journey of at least 5 kilometres per day reaches the 1,000 consecutive days mark.

To be honest, I’m struggling to get my head round it myself, but I’ve walked, run, cycled, canoed, kayaked or skied at least 5 kilometres every day since 25th March 2013.

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