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Kat with dog riding on Quinag

Inspiration: Postcard from Danny O’Callaghan

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.…

Sunday Inspiration – Moira Forsyth

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…

Ross O’Reilly from Straightcut Design Bikepacking

Inspiration: Ross O’Reilly from Straight Cut 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…

View to Skye from Torridon peninsula

Inspiration: Postcard from Torridon & Sutherland

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…

A sense of place

Inspiration: 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.…

Hollie Leonard with her Husky Mutly

Inspiration: Hollie Leonard

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…

Coffee and cake

Summer update from Alex

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…

Sunday Inspiration Ziggy Campbell

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…

Friend of FINDRA Steven Shand

Inspiration: 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…

FINDRA Ambassador Owain Williams

Inspiration: 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…

FINDRA Ambassador Graham Kelly on paddleboard

Inspiration: Graham Kelly – Coming off Pause

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…

Jules McRobbie – Friend of FINDRA

Inspiration: Jules McRobbie

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…