Welcome to Big Pond Scotland

Welcome to the website of Mike Dales’ business – Big Pond Scotland.

Big Pond Scotland is a consultancy business offering services in:

  • Outdoor Recreation
  • Scottish Access Rights
  • Tourism Diversification
  • Canoe Trails and Walking Routes
  • Tourism Marketing
  • Visitor Monitoring
  • Outdoor Writing
  • Proofreading and Copy Writing
  • Feasibility Studies
  • 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...

Glasgow to Edinburgh Canoe Trail

Glasgow to Edinburgh Canoe Trail

A great project that I’ve been involved in recently has been the development of the Glasgow to Edinburgh Canoe Trail or G2E. I’ve been working with Scottish Canals for about 18 months to pave the way for this project to happen, and over the past four months or so I’ve been working with Donald MacPherson of Explore Highland to actually deliver the project.

The Glasgow to Edinburgh Canoe Trail is an 87 kilometre route on the Forth & Clyde and Union Canals and was officially launched on June 27th. As well as taking in these two canals and linking the two major cities, the canoe trail also includes the iconic Falkirk Wheel.

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Daily Exercise

Daily Exercise

Work is really busy at the moment. Since setting up Big Pond Scotland a couple of years ago I have never had so much work on the go. I’m delighted with that and enjoying the many and varied projects that I’m working on.

When work comes in like that it is easy to neglect other aspects of life like getting outdoors for some healthy exercise. Despite being an active person, I have succumbed to work pressures in the past and not taken sufficient exercise for a few weeks. The result has usually been disturbance to sleep patterns and feeling tired during the daytime when trying to concentrate on work.

In 2012 I took part in the 5X50 Challenge. The challenge being to run, walk or cycle 5km for 50 consecutive days. This is the story of how 5X50 has inspired me to take daily exercise, no matter how busy my life might be.

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