Adventure | Cateran YOMP

­čôŹThe Cateran Yomp | Blairgowrie, Perthshire.

Last weekend I was lucky enough to be chosen as a massage therapist for a massive  Charity event in Scotland, called the Cateran Yomp. The Yomp (a military term for a long-distance march) is an epic adventure challenge. Teams of people take on 54 miles (gold medal) in 24 hours across the rugged terrain of the Scottish wilderness. There is also a 36.5 (silver medal) or a 22 (bronze medal) mile option!

I had never been camping before, unless you count backgarden camping, with a warm, homemade breakfast and added table service in the morning! Unfortunately I don’t, so this was a completely new experience for me that (happily!) pushed me out my comfort zone. I was on a 6pm – 2am shift at the silver medal point, so set up camp at the main field then drove around 25 minutes through the beautiful Scottish wilderness, to location.

Every soldier and participant coming through our gazebo doors for treatment was in immense pain, soaked through, muddy and tired. It’s not just about the therapy given, but also a therapists positive attitude, to give competitors a bit of banter and drive to continue the journey. It’s really interesting to see where Massage and other therapies can take you, and it’s certainly given me a push to find out about more outdoor events like this. I spoke to a lovely lady who had joined a long haul racing car event through Mongolia, as a therapist, providing therapies to the driver and team to relieve back ache as way of payment! So I’m aiming for somewhere warmer next time, the Caribbean would be nice!

The Cateran Yomp Registration 2018


Adventure | Glasgow Botanic Gardens

­čôŹ Botanic Gardens, Glasgow.

A few weeks ago I had my first visit to Glasgow’s famous botanic gardens! Surrounded by Glasgows bustling West End, the gardens are a wonderful, peaceful sanctuary within such a busy City. 

This year, the gardens are celebrating their bicentenary! These gardens are set within seven acres of land and feature several alluring, beautifully presented glasshouses.

But these gardens are not just packed with vibrant plants and flowers, oh-no, they are unique. These gardens host a piece of Scottish history, they connect the wildnerness of the gardens to the scuttling City. Deep in the gardens is an abandoned, disused train station. The Botanic Gardens railway station was a railway station serving the Botanic Gardens, located in the Kelvinside area, in the West End of Glasgow. In 1979 the station building was destroyed by fire, but the track and platform remain below, masked by the perfectly pruned bushes and towering trees  above.

These are beautifully kept gardens, and definitely worth a visit. Our next visit will include a detour to the onsite tearoom – I’ve heard great things about their cake selection! It’s a wonderful day out with a large playpark for younger explorers, however the huge array of plant species will keep children and adults alike entertained! I can guarantee the Glasgow Botanic Gardens are a perfect day out and with thanks to these gardens, I am confident that my little girl’s interest in nature has began to bloom.

Glasgow Botanic Gardens | Free.