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
  • Stakeholder engagement
  • 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: Access and Countryside Management Ltd, Adventure Centre for Education, Ayrshire and Arran Tourism, Balmule House Hotel, Comunn na Gàidhlig, EQ Travel Management, Fortingall Hotel, 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, Stirling Enterprise, Strathfillan Community Development Trust, Stuart Johnston Mountaineering, Tay Landscape Partnership, TBL Organisational Development and Wild Scotland.

Looking to Ben Nevis from Aonach Mor

From the blog...

Time to review your sporting year

I always regard December as a month for looking back and reviewing the year that is about to end. There are several reasons for doing that. Firstly to remind myself what I’ve achieved in the year and then to re-play and enjoy the memories once again. It’s also a chance to compare those achievements with the targets I set for the year, and that review process feeds into my planning for the year ahead.

December is also the month when we come together as a nation to review the sporting year via the annual BBC Sports Personality of the Year (SPOTY) awards. I’ve been an avid SPOTY viewer since I was about 7-years-old and must have voted almost every year since then – originally by sending a postcard and more recently by texting my vote.

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Dragons’ Den got me thinking about INNS

I don’t always watch Dragons’ Den, but on the occasions when I do, I like to think I’m watching for mainly educational purposes rather than just pure entertainment.

Sunday evening’s programme (24th July) just happened to coincide with having a late meal, so I watched the second half of the show and was left thinking about the final item and how it had a relevance to my own work. The Boot Buddy is a great product with a really nice story behind it. For anyone that didn’t see the show it is worth visiting the Boot Buddy website and reading the About page.

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