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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 for some time off.   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…

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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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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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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 start…

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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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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: Coorie

Here at FINDRA, we’re always looking to bring you snippets of motivation to get you inspired for your own everyday adventures. This week Alex takes a look at the Scottish lifestyle Concept of Coorie and how it can be applied to life in lockdown as we all stay home and stay safe.   Coorie Life as…

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And people stayed home

A poem by Catherine (Kitty) O’Meara of Madison, Wisconsin (2020). And people stayed home and read books and listened and rested and exercised and made art and played and learned new ways of being and stopped and listened deeper someone meditated someone prayed someone danced someone met their shadow and people began to think differently…

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Inspiration: Enriching the Body and the Mind

Yoga pair at Mountain Yoga Breaks

Here at FINDRA, we’re always looking to bring you snippets of motivation to get you inspired. With everyone restricted to our homes for now, we’re changing our focus to ways we can all stay motivated and happy at home.    Enriching The Mind Audio documentaries have been around a while, especially with platforms like Radio 4…

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FINDRA’s Weekly Inspiration: Finding Balance

Here at FINDRA, we’re always looking to bring you snippets of motivation to get you inspired for your own everyday adventures. This week feels like the world has gone a bit mad with panic, fear and uncertainty and at times like this it’s even more important than ever to be taking care of ourselves. It is…

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FINDRA’s Weekly Inspiration: Music and Memories

Here at FINDRA, we’re always looking to bring you snippets of motivation to get you inspired for your own everyday adventures. It’s been an honour to know so many amazing women and men as FINDRA has grown. As soon as we found out that Friend of FINDRA, Emily Chappell, was returning to Edinburgh this week to…

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FINDRA’s Weekly Inspiration: International Women’s Day 2020

Here at FINDRA, we’re always looking to bring you snippets of motivation to get you inspired for your own everyday adventures. It is International Women’s Day today (8th March), a day that shines a spotlight on women’s issues, that challenges stereotypes and aims to broaden perceptions. These are all things I, Alex, am passionate about, which…

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FINDRA’s Weekly Inspiration: Welcome to Fiona Quinn!

Here at FINDRA, we’re always looking to bring you snippets of motivation to get you inspired for your own everyday adventures. This week we’re welcoming a brand new brand ambassador into the FINDRA family, so please let us introduce to you adventurer, author and speaker – Fiona Quinn!   Introducing Fiona Quinn “At the age of…

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FINDRA’s Weekly Inspiration: Friend of FINDRA, Vicky Balfour

Here at FINDRA, we’re always looking to bring you snippets of motivation to get you inspired for your own everyday adventures. Vicky Balfour has been a long time Friend of FINDRA and we recently got chatting to her about the community initiative, the Canterbury Bike Project, which she’s involved with. We’ve always believed in the importance…

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FINDRA’s Weekly Inspiration: January Round Up

Here at FINDRA, we’re always looking to bring you snippets of motivation to get you inspired for your own everyday adventures. The end of 2019 was an extremely busy time for everyone at Team FINDRA. With our 5th birthday and the pre-Christmas rush, December went by in a whirlwind here at FINDRA HQ. After a much…

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FINDRA’s Weekly Inspiration: Leading by Example

Here at FINDRA, we’re always looking to bring you snippets of motivation to get you inspired for your own everyday adventures. This week, Team FINDRA’s very own Carol tells us about how her adventuring relationship with her two boys has changed over time and the lessons she’s learned.    Leading by Example “From an early age…

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Inspiration: Friend of FINDRA Scot Tares

Here at FINDRA, we’re always looking to bring you snippets of motivation to get you inspired for your own everyday adventures. Our customers are our very own motivation, so the Friends of FINDRA are the best advocates of inspiration and adventure! We’d love to introduce you to Scottish cycling guide, Scot Tares.   Introducing Scot Tares…

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Inspiration: Friend of FINDRA – Jen Isherwood

Here at FINDRA, we’re always looking to bring you snippets of motivation to get you inspired for your own everyday adventures. Our customers are our very own motivation, so the Friends of FINDRA are the best advocates of inspiration and adventure! We’d love to introduce you to Scottish Borders local, Jen Isherwood.    Introducing Jen Isherwood “I…

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Inspiration: Self Care in the New Year

Here at FINDRA, we’re always looking to bring you snippets of motivation to get you inspired for your own everyday adventures. There are so many websites out there telling us to jump straight into January with new aims, new dreams and you’ve got to get started immediately! But here at FINDRA we think January should be…

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Inspiration: Happy New Year!

Here at FINDRA, we’re always looking to bring you snippets of motivation to get you inspired for your own everyday adventures. With just a couple more days left of 2019, we sat down with our longest serving brand ambassador, Dee Hollingsbee, and asked her to tell us more about how the year has shaped up for…

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Inspiration: Happy Christmas!

Here at FINDRA, we’re always looking to bring you snippets of motivation to get you inspired for your own everyday adventures. We want to wish you all a very ‘Merry Christmas’, lovely friends of FINDRA. It’s been a very successful year here at FINDRA and reaching our 5th birthday has been a huge milestone. So what…

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Inspiration: Christmas Chaos!

Here at FINDRA, we’re always looking to bring you snippets of motivation to get you inspired for your own everyday adventures. December seems to get busier and busier each year with more people to see and more social gatherings in the diary. It’s already difficult to get exercise into our schedules with the darker mornings and…

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Inspiration: Friend of FINDRA, Laurie Chipps

Laurie Chipps

Here at FINDRA, we’re always looking to bring you snippets of motivation to get you inspired for your own everyday adventures. Our customers are our very own motivation, so the Friends of FINDRA are the best advocates of inspiration and adventure! When Laurie Chipps tagged us in an image of her bike touring West Virginia and…

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Inspiration: FINDRA at 5!

FINDRA at 5

Here at FINDRA, we’re always looking to bring you snippets of motivation to get you inspired for your own everyday adventures. FINDRA turns 5 today! For Alex, in some ways it feels like only yesterday that she started this crazy journey and in other ways it feels like a lifetime ago!   FINDRA at 5! One…

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Inspiration: Be The Difference You Want To See

Here at FINDRA, we’re always looking to bring you snippets of motivation to get you inspired for your own everyday adventures. Before travelling down to the amazing Kendal Mountain Festival last weekend, Alex and Roddy (aka Mr FINDRA) headed to Glasgow for the VIBES Awards ceremony. Our marin was nominated for the Product Scotland Award which…

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Inspiration: The Everyday Adventure

Here at FINDRA, we’re always looking to bring you snippets of motivation to get you inspired for your own everyday adventures. November always marks a happy time for Team FINDRA with the Kendal Mountain Festival taking pride of place in our calendar. This year we were back with another Everyday Adventure talk, hosted by Megan Hine…

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Inspiration: Friend of FINDRA, Emma Estrela Corrie

Here at FINDRA, we’re always looking to bring you snippets of motivation to get you inspired for your own everyday adventures. With this week being International Stress Awareness Week, we were reminded of Friend of FINDRA, Emma Estrela Corrie who, in June, told us about how learning a new mantra and immersing herself in the world…

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FINDRA’s Weekly Inspiration: Keep Motivated for Winter

Here at FINDRA, we’re always looking to bring you snippets of motivation to get you inspired for your own everyday adventures. Now those clocks have gone back, it’s so tempting to get home, shut the curtains and curl up with a hot chocolate. There’s no reason why you can’t do this (it’s actually one of our…

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FINDRA’s Weekly Inspiration: Our Customer of the Month

Here at FINDRA, we’re always looking to bring you snippets of motivation to get you inspired for your own everyday adventures. Our customers inspire us the most – FINDRA was created for all of you and everything we do is designed with you in mind. Our Customer of the Month feature picks one of our wonderful…

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FINDRA’s Weekly Inspiration: National Wool Week

Here at FINDRA, we’re always looking to bring you snippets of motivation to get you inspired for your own everyday adventures. Every year the Campaign for Wool runs National Wool Week, which runs from 7th October to 20th October in 2019. In its tenth year, Wool Week 2019 will once again highlight wool’s natural performance qualities…

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FINDRA’s Weekly Inspiration: The Power of One

Here at FINDRA, we’re always looking to bring you snippets of motivation to get you inspired for your own everyday adventures. In a single year, the Friday Strikes for Climate have gone from 1 person to over 4 million people. Greta Thunberg has started a global movement and brought the awareness of climate change into the…

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FINDRA’s Weekly Inspiration: Introducing Graeme Walker

Here at FINDRA, we’re always looking to bring you snippets of motivation to get you inspired for your own everyday adventures. From the very beginning, we’ve wanted a spread of brand ambassadors who come from grass roots right through to people who go around the world. For us, it’s important to be able to showcase people…

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FINDRA’s Weekly Inspiration: Hello Autumn!

Here at FINDRA, we’re always looking to bring you snippets of motivation to get you inspired for your own everyday adventures. Tomorrow is the first, official day of autumn and we are all quite pleased to have the cooler months back again! That feeling of having to wrap up a little bit when you’re heading outside,…

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FINDRA’s Weekly Inspiration: Caring for the Planet

Here at FINDRA, we’re always looking to bring you snippets of motivation to get you inspired for your own everyday adventures. It has been announced that Glasgow will host a climate conference in 2020 at which the direction of global efforts to avert the climate crisis will be determined. The UK is leading the way with…

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FINDRA’s Weekly Inspiration: Get Outside, Get Well

Here at FINDRA, we’re always looking to bring you snippets of motivation to get you inspired for your own everyday adventures. This September, FINDRA has partnered with the Scottish Borders Walking Festival to promote well-being and the outdoors. The Festival has a host of events from guided walks to a ceilidh and all aim to show…

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FINDRA’s Weekly Inspiration: Sustainability is the Future

Here at FINDRA, we’re always looking to bring you snippets of motivation to get you inspired for your own everyday adventures. FINDRA’s commitment to Scottish environmental change has been recognised with a shortlisting for a VIBES Award. Sustainability and the environment is at the heart of all we do at FINDRA and there’s good news coming…

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FINDRA’s Weekly Inspiration: Age Is But A Number

Here at FINDRA, we’re always looking to bring you snippets of motivation to get you inspired for your own everyday adventures. Last week saw our brand ambassador, Jo Moseley, be the first woman to paddleboard from Liverpool to Goole and she’s proven that age is irrelevant to ability.   Interview with Jo Jo Moseley, our incredible…

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FINDRA’s Weekly Inspiration: Books Are Food for the Soul

Here at FINDRA, we’re always looking to bring you snippets of motivation to get you inspired for your own everyday adventures. Friday was Book Lover’s Day and many members of Team FINDRA are book works – whether that’s by audio book or by paper copy. When everybody was asked for a list of their favourite recent…

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FINDRA’s Weekly Inspiration: Simplify Your Life

Here at FINDRA, we’re always looking to bring you snippets of motivation to get you inspired for your own everyday adventures. The first week of August is National Simplify Your Life Week, and so many of the FINDRA principles stem from this concept! The idea is to eliminate anything that causes stress or anxiety. We’re all…

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FINDRA’s Weekly Inspiration: Pack Light, Adventure More

Here at FINDRA, we’re always looking to bring you snippets of motivation to get you inspired for your own everyday adventures. There’s still plenty of time for summer adventures and we think it’s always best to travel light! Alex, aka Ms FINDRA, recently told us how she packs her luggage away. It was a completely new…

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FINDRA’s Weekly Inspiration: Seize the Day

Here at FINDRA, we’re always looking to bring you snippets of motivation to get you inspired for your own everyday adventures. This coming Saturday, our marvellous ambassador, Jo Moseley, leaves home to start her brilliant adventure paddleboarding 162 miles on the Leeds & Liverpool Canal along the Desmond Family Canoe Trail from Liverpool to Goole.  …

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FINDRA’s Weekly Inspiration: Local Adventures

Here at FINDRA, we’re always looking to bring you snippets of motivation to get you inspired for your own everyday adventures. Yesterday saw the joint FINDRA and Scottish Borders Walking Festival social walk where we explored some of the paths around Innerleithen and Traquair. It perfectly showed how you can have the best adventures not far…

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FINDRA’s Weekly Inspiration: Yoga and Mindfulness

Here at FINDRA, we’re always looking to bring you snippets of motivation to get you inspired for your own everyday adventures. As of this week, FINDRA fans can now finish off their yoga wardrobe with the brand new Tiree Printed Leggings, and it’s got us all motivated to get back onto the mat!   The Benefits…

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FINDRA’s Weekly Inspiration: The Joys of Summer

Cairngorm lodges

Here at FINDRA, we’re always looking to bring you snippets of motivation to get you inspired for your own everyday adventures. The warmer temperatures have us excited for a summer break, warm evenings outside with friends and healthy fresh food, perhaps with the occasional BBQ thrown in!   UK Staycation Ideas The summer holidays are upon…

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FINDRA’s Weekly Inspiration: Wild Scotland

Here at FINDRA, we’re always looking to bring you snippets of motivation to get you inspired for your own everyday adventures. Team FINDRA were at the Royal Highland Show this week, which has led us to be inspired by all things Scottish! In adventure and beyond!    Rebuilding a Wilderness Recently, there’s been a lot of…

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FINDRA’s Weekly Inspiration: Not all those who wander are lost

Here at FINDRA, we’re always looking to bring you snippets of motivation to get you inspired for your own everyday adventures. With the summer holidays approaching, we couldn’t resist looking at the possibilities of travel.   Quote of the Week   Book of the Week “In this revelatory account of his life, Simon gives the full…

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FINDRA’s Weekly Inspiration: Riding Through Life

Here at FINDRA, we’re always looking to bring you snippets of motivation to get you inspired for your own everyday adventures. This week in the UK, it is Bike Week. Delivered by Cycling UK, Bike Week is an annual celebration to showcase cycling. Riding a bike can easily be a part of everyday life and Bike…

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FINDRA’s Weekly Inspiration: Sustainable Living

This year FINDRA supported three Scottish women taking part in the Homeward Bound Project which focusses on developing leadership and strategic capabilities to help create a more sustainable future. Sustainability has always been at the heart of FINDRA and all begins with the materials we use.   The Wonder of Wool “From a sustainability perspective,…

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FINDRA’s Weekly Inspiration: Plant Flowers Everywhere

Here at FINDRA, we’re always looking to bring you snippets of motivation to get you inspired for your own everyday adventures. Last week was Mental Health Awareness week here in the UK. Did you know FINDRA was inspired by the physical and mental benefits an active outdoor lifestyle can bring? Our aim is to encourage everyone…

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FINDRA’s Weekly Inspiration: Let’s Go Camping!

Camp fire camping

Here at FINDRA, we’re always looking to bring you snippets of motivation to get you inspired for your own everyday adventures. The evenings are long and bright, so now is the perfect time to head out for a camping adventure!   Quote of the Week   Book of the Week “Quite possibly the funniest book you…

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FINDRA’s Weekly Inspiration: Thinking of Doing a Triathlon?

Here at FINDRA, we’re always looking to bring you snippets of motivation to get you inspired for your own everyday adventures. We have partnered with Gleneagles Hotel for this weekend’s brand new Adventure Race, so we started thinking inspirational thoughts about the challenge that is the triathlon.   Quote of the Week   Book of the…

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FINDRA’s Weekly Inspiration: The Most Effective Way To Do It

Here at FINDRA, we’re always looking to bring you snippets of motivation to get you inspired for your own everyday adventures. Our very own Alex Feechan was on the Mother of All Movement Podcast this week, so we thought we’d bring you some of Alex’s personal inspirations.   The Podcast The Mother of All Movement, run by…

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FINDRA’s Weekly Inspiration: The Wild Ends of the Earth

Tizi N'Trail Stage 2

Here at FINDRA, we’re always looking to bring you snippets of motivation to get you inspired for your own everyday adventures. So what’s caught our eyes and ears this week?   Recipe of the Week We are big fans of chocolate at team FINDRA, but what do you do when you’re overloaded with Easter eggs? It’s a…

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FINDRA’s Weekly Inspiration: A Good Laugh and a Long Run

Here at FINDRA, we’re always looking to bring you snippets of motivation to get you inspired for your own everyday adventures. So what’s caught our eyes and ears this week? Quote of the Week   Book of the Week Wherever you are with your running, even if you haven’t started yet, this book by Alexandra…

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FINDRA’s Weekly Inspiration: Put Your Walking Shoes On

Cape Wrath Trail

Here at FINDRA, we’re always looking to bring you snippets of motivation to get you inspired for your own everyday adventures. So what’s caught our eyes and ears this week? Book of the Week If you’re looking for your next read from a lesser known adventurer, then look no further. Rob Lilwall left his teaching job…

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FINDRA’s Weekly Inspiration: “Into the Forest I Go”

Here at FINDRA, we’re always looking to bring you snippets of motivation to get you inspired for your own everyday adventures. So what’s caught our eyes and ears this week? Favourite Quote of the Week   A Very Scottish Adventure Team FINDRA member, Helen, has been getting outside this week after buying herself a copy of…

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