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...

Cycling Tourism

Cycling Tourism

I’ve just read a couple of online articles that have caused me to pause and consider the way in which the majority of businesses in the accommodation sector are missing a golden opportunity to benefit from the growth in cycling tourism.

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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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