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Posts by Russell Stout

Inspiration: Stewart Wilson

FINDRA Inspiration – Stewart Wilson

This week we meet with Friend of FINDRA Stewart Wilson, an Innerleithen local who loves to explore the hills of Southern Scotland and the Scottish Borders.   Hi Stewart, thanks for taking the time to chat and to start, can you introduce yourself and tell us where you live and what you do? I’m Stewart…

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Mental Health Awareness Week 2021

FINDRA - Mental Health Awareness Week 2021

Connect with nature and Discover your Outdoor Spirit! From Monday the 10th of May it’s Mental Health Awareness Week and this year’s theme is ‘Nature’. At FINDRA we are big advocates of outdoor activities and spending time in nature. It’s our belief that even 30 minutes outdoors daily can have a positive impact on our…

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Staycation Inspiration: Life’s a Beach

Staycation used to mean spending a holiday at home but nowadays encompasses a holiday in one’s home country – all the more relevant during the pandemic. At FINDRA we love wild beaches and rugged coastlines as much as mountains and trails, so Russ pulled together our favourites that may inspire a visit when we can…

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Inspiration: Rebecca Cartledge

Friend of FINDRA Rebecca Cartlidge

This week we’re off to Lincolnshire to meet with Friend of FINDRA Rebecca Cartledge, a Personal Trainer with a passion for movement and running.   Hi Rebecca, thanks for taking the time to chat. To start, can you introduce yourself and tell us where you live and what you do? Hello… I’m Rebecca Cartledge and…

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Caring for your Merino Socks

Caring for FINDRA Merino Socks

Happy socks, happy feet – caring for your FINDRA socks.   Natural fibres Our socks are made in the UK using 100% natural (or natural blended fibres) and manufactured using traditional knitting techniques that have been around for centuries. We use predominantly natural fibres in our socks and across all our accessories and clothing as…

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Inspiration: Jenny Mayhew

FINDRA Inspiration – Jenny Mayhew

This week we’re off La Alpujarra, in the Sierra Nevada to meet with Friend of FINDRA Jenny Mayhew. Jenny and her partner run Pure Mountains mountain bike holidays and she shares with us what life’s like in the mountains of southern Spain.   Hi Jenny, and to start, can you introduce yourself and tell us…

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Inspiration: Chris Hilton

Friends of FINDRA Chris Hilton

Chris Hilton is a primary school teacher based in the Tweed Valley and in this post he discusses adventures with his family and taking a can-do attitude to the outdoors – including searching the Cairngorms by ski for a carrot and making his own Canadian canoe!   Hi Chris, and to start, can you introduce…

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Inspiration: Cold days and colder nights.

FINDRA Inspiration – Cold days and colder nights

With temperatures dropping to well below zero last week in the Tweed Valley, Russ has written some words about a snowy hike on local hills and a challenging night on a Tian Shan mountain pass in Kyrgyzstan.   Temperatures dropped to around -7°C in the Tweed Valley last week resulting in everything frozen with plenty…

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Inspiration: Eilidh Donaldson

FINDRA Inspiration – Eilidh Donaldson

Eilidh lives on the island of Mull and her life has not been a straight line. From training as an architect to working as a tour guide, project manager, tech entrepreneur, and now full-time carer for her elderly father, she embraces challenges and tries to help others reach their goals. We originally met in her…

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Inspiration: Lucy Colquhoun

FINDRA Sunday Inspiration Blog – Lucy Colquhoun

This week we meet with Lucy Colquhoun, former GB Internationalist Trail Runner and West Highland Way Race record holder (amongst others). Lucy now lives in the Tweed Valley with 2 rescue hounds and FINDRA team member Russ.   Hi Lucy, and to start, can you introduce yourself and tell us where you live and what…

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Inspiration: Rickie Cotter

Friend of FINDRA Rickie Cotter

Welsh dynamo and Tweed Valley resident Rickie Cotter explains how curiosity drives her passion for the outdoors and how time in the mountains leads to a sense of peace.   Hi Rickie, and to start, can you introduce yourself and tell us where you live and what you do? I am based in the glorious…

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Inspiration: Graeme Walker

FINDRA Inspiration – Graeme Walker

This week we catch up with FINDRA Brand Ambassador Graeme Walker, to discuss his love of the cold, winter sports and regular trips to Chamonix and other high places.   Hi Graeme, thanks for taking the time to chat. To start, can you introduce yourself and tell us where you live and what you do?…

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Inspiration: Jane and Graham Clarke

FIDNRA Inspiration – Jane And Graham Clarke

Based on the south coast of England, Jane and Graham Clarke discuss retirement, keeping healthy and their love of the sea and cycling on the Isle of Wight and northern France.   Hi Jane and Graham, thanks for taking the time to chat. To start, can you introduce yourself and tell us where you live…

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6 years old – A birthday message from Alex

FINDRA 6th Birthday Illustration

Alex reflects on 6 years of FINDRA, including the highs, lows and the challenges we all face today and in the future.   In December 2014 I started out on a big adventure, my mission was to banish the ‘shrink it and pink it’ approach to women’s outdoor clothing, and my inspiration, the amazing women…

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Inspiration: Nicki Tommlinson

Inspiration Blog – Nicki Tommlinson

Based in the Tweed Valley with her husband and daughter, Friend of FINDRA Nicki Tommlinson is an accomplished MTB champion and has recently launched a range of organic skincare products.   Hi Nicki, thanks for taking the time to chat. To start, can you introduce yourself and tell us where you live and what you…

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Inspiration: Everyday Adventures

Inspiration Blog Hero Alex Everyday Adventures

Alex takes to the FINDRA Journal this week to reflect on a life more restrictive than before and the opportunities it presents for doorstep discoveries, everyday adventures and a new perspective about the world around us.   As we head towards the end of the year, it’s hard to believe the way 2020 has unfolded and…

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Keep Calm and Courie In

Alex Feechan FINDRA Founder & CEO

Hello Dear Friends of FINDRA.     I hope you and your family and friend’s are all doing ok and finding ways to deal with the craziness of the world we find ourselves living in right now. As we head into winter I thought it would be a good time to say hello and provide…

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Inspiration: Kate O’callaghan

Friend of FINDRA Kate O’Callaghan

This week we meet with Kate O’Callaghan, ambassador of Wonderful Wild Women, a collective of everyday people making decisions to live more adventurously, actively and mindfully in all areas of daily life.   Hi Kate, we’ve met your husband before (FINDRA Ambassador Danny O’Callaghan), but can you introduce yourself and tell us where you live…

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Inspiration: Penny Zannikos

FINDRA Ambassador Penny Zannikos with partner climbing in Glencoe

Friend of FINDRA Penny Zannikos talks about the outdoors and a recent trip from her home in York to the Highlands of Scotland to bag some Munros and traverse the legendary Aonach Eagach ridge in Glencoe.   Hi Penny, for any FINDRA followers who’ve not heard from you before, can you tell where you live…

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Inspiration: Motivation to beat hibernation

Owain’s motivation tips for winter

With shorter days and leaves on the ground, it signals we’re heading back into winter, sometimes with the urge to shut ourselves away during the colder months.  This week, FINDRA Ambassador Owain Williams provides some motivational tips to help you keep active outdoors through winter.     The nights are “fair drawing in” as the…

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Inspiration: Suzy Devey

FINDRA Inspiration – Suzy Devey

Last year Suzy Devey called into FINDRA HQ and we chatted about her adventures. We’ve since caught up to discover what she gets up to on the trails and mountains around Lochaber.   Hi Suzy, can we start by asking you where you live and what you do? I’m based in Fort William in the…

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Inspiration: Postcard from Danny O’Callaghan

Kat with dog riding on Quinag

FINDRA Ambassador Danny O’Callaghan and his partner headed on a road trip to the north west of Scotland taking in some classic trails on the mountain bike.   With our European road trip plans scuppered by Covid-19, we headed north of the border on a grand tour of Scotland and what a tour it was.…

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Inspiration: Moira Forsyth

Sunday Inspiration – Moira Forsyth

This week we meet with Moira Forsyth, Dumfries & Galloway mother of three who helped establish the MTB Centre of Scotland and shares her love of trekking in Nepal and a childhood experience of being capsized by a submarine on Loch Long!   Hi Moira and can we start by asking you where you live…

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Inspiration: Ross O’Reilly from Straight Cut Bikepacking

Ross O’Reilly from Straightcut Design Bikepacking

This week we’re back on the bike with with inspiration from mountain biker Ross O’reilly, founder of Straight Cut specialising in handmade and custom bikepacking bags.   Hi Ross and can we start by asking you where you live and what you do? Hey, I’m Ross I live in Edinburgh and am the founder of…

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Inspiration: Postcard from Torridon & Sutherland

View to Skye from Torridon peninsula

With no contributors to the Journal this week, Alex asked me to write a post on a recent break to the north of Scotland.   It’s been pretty hectic since joining FINDRA in March and it was good to finally get some sea and mountains and what was initially planned as a relaxing break, ended…

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Inspiration: A sense of place

A sense of place

FINDRA is founded on 4 key principles; these are the 4 Pillars of the brand. Each of them is woven into everything we do. These pillars are PLACE, DESIGN, ENVIRONMENT and WELLBEING.   A sense of place is important to FINDRA; Scotland is the backdrop to the FINDRA story and the inspiration behind my designs.…

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Inspiration: Hollie Leonard

Hollie Leonard with her Husky Mutly

This week as  part of our Sunday Inspiration series we meet Friend of FINDRA Hollie Leonard who’s very much into all things outdoors.   Hi Hollie and can we start by asking you where you live and what you do? Hi, my name is Hollie Leonard and I am based in the West End of…

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Summer update from Alex

Coffee and cake

Dear Friends of FINDRA How are you all? I hope you’re doing well and Covid-19 has not had too negative an impact on you or you family and friends. What a strange time we’ve all been living through these last few months. Who would have thought back in January as we celebrated a New Year…

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Inspiration: Ziggy Campbell

Sunday Inspiration Ziggy Campbell

As part of our inspiration series, we meet Friend of FINDRA Ziggy who is a musician and artist working from home in his renovated schoolhouse in the Scottish Highlands.   Hi Ziggy and can we start by asking you where you live and what you do? I live in the rural West Highlands of Scotland…

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Inspiration: Steven Shand

Friend of FINDRA Steven Shand

For today’s post we chat with Friend of FINDRA, Steven Shand who shares his love of exploring Scotland both locally and further afield.   Hi Steven, great to catch up again and welcome to the FINDRA Journal. We’ve met many times before, but maybe you can introduce yourself to those who don’t know who you…

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Inspiration: Owain Williams

FINDRA Ambassador Owain Williams

This week we welcome the last of our newest Ambassadors Owain Williams. Owain lives in nearby Edinburgh and has a passion for running and kiting!   Introduction Early in 2020 we launched a campaign to find new male brand ambassadors and we were inundated with applications. Selecting only 3 was difficult and with the arrival…

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Inspiration: Graham Kelly – Coming off Pause

FINDRA Ambassador Graham Kelly on paddleboard

FINDRA Ambassador Graham Kelly (AKA ‘Beardy’) reflects on lockdown easing and what it means for his approach to the outdoors and life ‘coming off pause’.   Back in March, I wrote the Finding Balance with Adventures post. It wasn’t a considered or crafted post but more of a head-and-heart dump with a few bits edited…

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Inspiration: Jules McRobbie

Jules McRobbie – Friend of FINDRA

For this week’s inspiration, we meet with Shropshire based paramedic and Friend of FINDRA Jules McRobbie, who shares with us her love of hiking and biking.   Hi Jules! Let’s start by introducing yourself and telling us know who you are and what you do? I’m Jules and I’m based in Ludlow in Shropshire. I…

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Inspiration: Duncan McCallum

FINDRA Ambassador – Duncan Mccallum

This week we introduce our newest FINDRA Ambassador Duncan McCallum, who lives and works in the Highlands of Scotland. Duncan is a climber, writer, photographer, TV Presenter and founder of the Ledge Charity.   Introduction Early in 2020 we launched a campaign to find new male brand ambassadors and we were inundated with applications. Selecting…

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Inspiration: Danny O’Callaghan

FINDRA Ambassador Danny O’Callaghan on mountain top at sunset

This week as part of our inspiration series we meet Danny O’Callaghan and living in the Lake District, he’s never far from the mountains. A keen mountain biker and trail runner Danny tells us more about his love of the great outdoors. An introduction to Danny Back in January, we launched a campaign to find…

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New Women’s and Men’s Trail Shorts!

New FINDRA Trail Shorts for man and women

New women’s Dreva, Kilda and men’s Nevis Shorts now available online.   Women’s Dreva Denim Trail Short Your favourite denim trail shorts are back with refinements to fit and new features making our classic trail short even better. Check them out here. Women’s Kilda Softshell Trail Short Available in two colours, Celery and Night Sky,…

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Inspiration: Liz Karns

Friend of FINDRA, Liz Karns

As part of our inspiration series we meet with US based Liz Karns who takes to the outdoors for some all-important space and perspective on life.   Hey Liz, let’s start with you telling us where you live and what you do! I’m based in Ithaca, New York, halfway between New York City and Toronto,…

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Inspiration: Julia Latto

Friend of FINDRA Julia Latto

This week for our inspiration series, we chat with Friend of FINDRA Julia Latto who lives and works in the Scottish Borders.   Hi Julia, let’s start with you telling us where you live and what you do! Hey, I’m Julia Latto and reside in Peebles in the Scottish Borders. I was born and raised…

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Inspiration: Sally Newton

Friend of FINDRA, Sally Newton

This week our inspiration series visits Friend of FINDRA Sally Newton who lives an eclectic and varied and life in sunny Devon.   Hey Sally, tell everybody where you live and what you do! I live in Devon, above the River Teign, on the edge of Dartmoor and at 69, am lucky enough to be…

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On your bike!

On Your Bike – FINDRA Ambassadors Krissy and Nics

One of the positives that have come out of lockdown is the increase in people getting outdoors to exercise and in particular the increase in people cycling. Lockdown has given many of us the opportunity to step back from the fast paced world we have been living in and allowed us time to reflect on…

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Kindness & Mental Health

Alex in a warm embrace

Is Kindness really the secret sauce to a happier and healthier existence? Mental Health Awareness Week 2020 Hosted by the Mental Health Foundation, Mental Health Awareness Week is now in its 20th year, with the theme for this year being Kindness Matters – especially important during the current pandemic.  Coming to terms with the…

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Inspiration: Alison Motion

Alison Motion on a sailing boat

This week our inspiration series moves to the Yukon with Friend of FINDRA and outdoor teacher/trainer Alison Motion. Hi Alison, let’s start by introducing yourself and tell us what you do! I’m Ali Motion and I’m based in rural Stirlingshire doing teaching and training and have been working in outdoor learning across different roles for…

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Inspiration: Russell Stout

Russell Stout on the bike in Kyrgyzstan

This week our inspiration during lockdown series is a little different where we hear from new recruit to the FINDRA team, Russell Stout.   Hi Russ, let’s start by tell everybody where are you based and what you do! Well, my name’s Russell Stout and I’m delighted to say that I joined FINDRA at the…

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Inspiration: Graham Kelly

Graham Kelly posing in running gear and FINDRA Merino Top

As part of our ongoing series of finding inspiration during lockdown, this week we hear from bearded Friend of FINDRA Graham Kelly. On the evening of Thursday March 20, I was walking home after seeing my daughter. I looked up at an impressively clear sky and an impulsive decision saw me pack a winter rucksack…

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Still here, still Smiling…

Alex Fechan in the FINDFRA Warehouse

Dear Friends of FINDRA Firstly, I hope you are all keeping safe and well during these challenging times? I wanted to give you all a wee bit of an update on how things are going at FINDRA, many of you have been in touch over the last few weeks and I want to say how…

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Inspiration: Ema Perry

Ema Perry, No1 Peebles Road Cafe Innerleithen

As part of our ongoing series of finding inspiration during lockdown, this week we hear from FINDRA local Ema Perry.   Hey Ema, let’s start with you telling us a bit about yourself! Hi, I’m Emma and I live in Innerleithen, a beautiful little town in the Scottish Borders. I moved up from Reading with…

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Inspiration: Neil Stewart

Neil Stewart Sleeping in the Forrest Wood Carving

As part of our ongoing series of finding inspiration during lockdown, this week we hear from Scottish Borders artist Neil Stewart.   Hey Neil, tell everybody where are you based and what you do! I live in a small hamlet of wooden ex forestry houses, nestled at the edge of Elibank and Traquair forest, a…

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