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:

  • Outdoor Recreation Management
  • Scottish Access Rights
  • Tourism Diversification
  • Canoe Trails and Walking Routes
  • Tourism Marketing
  • Troubleshooting for Tourism Businesses
  • Proofreading and Copywriting
  • Visitor Monitoring
  • Feasibility Studies
  • 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, Binn Soil Nutrients, Comunn na Gàidhlig, Loch Lomond and The Trossachs National Park Authority, Mountaineering Council of Scotland, Scottish Canals, Scottish Canoe Association, 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...

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 deciding to go for it we were cycling across Belfast in search of Central Station and the train to Dublin.

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5×500 – Adding an extra zero

5×500 – Adding an extra zero

The 5×50 challenge inspired me to even out my exercise routine and take some exercise every day. I’ve always been into sport and exercise, but it took 5×50 to make me realise that I was having too many days when I didn’t exercise. As I’ve grown older those passive days were leading to more niggling injuries because, when I exercise, I really go for it. Four days of inactivity followed by a long run or big day on the mountain were leaving my body susceptible to injury.

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