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 and TBL Organisational Development.

Looking to Ben Nevis from Aonach Mor

From the blog...

Proofreading is good for your health

Proofreading is good for your health

Yes, you did read that headline correctly.

I’ll be the first to admit that a healthy diet and physical activity are way above proofreading when it comes to looking after your long-term health. However, I have had a couple of discussions in recent weeks about the link between sloppy writing and a perceived health risk. Let me explain.

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Mizen to Malin

After last year’s Land’s End to John O’Groats cycle ride, we found ourselves being attracted to Ireland’s equivalent end-to-end challenge – Mizen to Malin. That’s Mizen Head in County Cork to Malin Head in County Donegal.

The plan was to attempt this ride in 2015, but a hint of good weather in early September sent us scurrying into Google overdrive. It’s surprising what you can do when you put your mind to it and four days after committing to the trip we were cycling across Belfast in search of Central Station and the train to Dublin.

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