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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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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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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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