Blantyre Towers-Scaling Buildings & Such

Have you ever walked next to building and thought to yourself, “This looks like something I could climb”?  I certainly have, and so has Willie Arrol. Blantyre Towers is a special crag in itself–shortly before his passing, Willie Arrol bolted some sport routes on an abandoned railway 20 minutes southeast of Glasgow. Yup, this crag is a building, and this building is safely climbable. The sandstone block piers come with a wide variety of climbs for most levels, from 6a...

5 Things to Do at St Andrews, Scotland

Last week, Angus, Rona, Grant and I took a spontaneous trip to St Andrews to visit Angus’ and Rona’s gran. I had never been there, so I was excited and buzzin’ for this next adventure. It is the home of golf as well as home to some of the poshest university students you will ever meet. I mean, Prince William and Kate attended the University of Saint Andrews, which says a lot. So, off we went. We hadn’t even called...

Things to do in Scotland: Kayaking in Fairy Isles

The Ultimate Meal On the Go

Ray and I went kayaking from Achnamara out towards Jura. We spotted an otter, seals and plenty sea birds. After a morning of hard paddling it was time to fuel up. Nothing beats a freshly prepared hot meal and the quicker the better!  We scouted out a sheltered spot to ground our kayaks before setting up a fire. As the fire burnt away we chopped veg and wrapped it in tin foil. Its important to get some veg which will give...

Things to do in Scotland, Tiree

Tiree – the land beneath the waves

You would be forgiven for thinking the turquoise water and white sands belonged to a tropical island. The water temperature however is more baltic than Bahamas, a quick dip in the bracing Scottish sea would soon makes the difference apparent. It’s just as well, without the cold this beautiful island would surely be hoaching with tourists. I’ve done my fair share of traveling, but nowhere beats the west coast of Scotland. On the right day that is. Tiree was labelled the land beneath the...

How to train for 10k in 2 weeks

How to Train for a Half Marathon

This summer, my friend Carly was talking about running a half marathon. She talked about her training routine, with running at least three times a week and longer runs on the weekend, increasing in distance each week. At the time, I had never even considered a half marathon. The farthest I’ve run in one go was a 10k for the Bolder Boulder, and even that was quite a challenge for me.  Running long distances felt unnatural to me, like my...

Trad Climbing Glen Coe

Trad Climbing in Glen Coe

Trad climbing is not something I have ever seen myself doing. Sure, I’m big into sport climbing and will spend days at a crag projecting a 5.12a. However, I never even imagined going up hundreds of feet on gear that consists of rope sling, nuts and random gadgets that are foreign to me. It’s not that I’m against the concept of trad climbing, not at all. It’s my fear of heights, faulty gear and falling to my death that has...

The Great Scottish Swim

The Great Scottish Swim

I swam in the Great Scottish Swim last year, this year I decided to enter myself to the 5k and to Vivian’s dismay, her into the 1 mile. We returned from Iceland with only a week before the event to pack some training into. First we boosted our core strength and cardiovascular fitness with a class combo championed by a friend. “Triple Threat Sundays” as he likes to call it involves a 5k run, a kettle bell class followed by...

About Us

Hi, we’re Angus and Vivian. You can say we are partners, but we are also best friends and adventure buddies. We met while Vivian was studying abroad in Glasgow, Scotland. From then on we spent the next two years meeting at different destinations around the world. Now, we both study at the University of Glasgow and continue to whet our appetite for adventures, both locally and internationally on limited funds and time. Most of our traveling is activity and food...