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: 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, Stuart Johnston Mountaineering, Tay Landscape Partnership, TBL Organisational Development and Wild Scotland.

Looking to Ben Nevis from Aonach Mor

From the blog...

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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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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