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Tips for Having the Best Hogmanay in Edinburgh

Hogmanay is one of Edinburgh’s biggest celebrations of the year. For three straight days Scotland’s capital turns into one giant stage with raucous street parties, music, cultural festivities, not to mention a couple quirky traditions thrown in for good measure.

Having attended this year, take a look at the following tips and recommendations to help you make the most of your Hogmanay trip.

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The Brainwave Centre London Santa Dash Review 2016

If you have ever been to London in December, there’s a good chance you would have seen hundreds of Santas running around the city. Each year various charities promote ‘Santa Dashes’ to raise money, and after spending several Christmases in the capital and thinking “I wish I could do that” as be-robed St Nicks breezed past, I finally got my opportunity when my workplace organised its own Santa Dash in support of Brainwave. Continue reading

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DIY Christmas Gifts for the Outdoorsy Types in your Life



If the thought of fighting for rubbish goods leaves you devoid of Christmas spirit, or your budget can’t stretch to splurging in the shops, then try a few of these homemade gift ideas that will get your loved ones outside (or at least enjoying the outdoors even more!).

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A Short Christmas Gift Guide for Eco-Friendly Camping and Outdoors Gear

For campers that want to leave the wilderness as they first saw it, or adventurers who want to leave as minimal a carbon imprint as possible, eco-friendly camping gear combines innovative design with excellent functionality to produce products that any outdoors person would want to receive as a gift.

BUDGET: Runners have made these socks popular, and now hikers are also finding the benefits to wearing them as liners. The Injinji EcoSeries NuBamboo Crew Socks are made from sustainable bamboo material that is also soft enough to prevent blisters forming. http://www.injinji.com/ price: $15.00



SOMETHING NICE: Merino wool is renowned for its natural ability not only to regulate body temperature and wick sweat from the body, but its anti-bacterial properties means it doesn’t retain odours either. Howies’ Classic Merino Base Layers come in a variety of weights and colours to suit your outdoor activity, and their basic design makes them easily versatile for everyday use as well. http://www.howies.co.uk/womens/womens-clothing/base-layers/nbl-classic-coral.html price: £55.




FLASHING THE CASH: A stove that uses natural fuel, provides free heat and charges electrical gadgets, all while cooking your food? Sounds too good to be true, but the BioLite Campstove is one device that defines multitasking. Simply collect any naturallly-occuring fuels like pinecones or twigs to burn, and while it is cooking your food the excess heat the flame emits is generated into electricity through a thermoelectric generator that powers a fan to decrease any extraneous smoke. Excess electricity is sent to a usb connector that can charge phones, mp3 players, LED lights and more. http://www.cotswoldoutdoor.com/biolite-campstove-97310014?id_colour= price: £150.




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Christmas Gift Guide for Gadget-loving Campers

Gadget Girls: For the outdoorsy girl who always needs the latest technical gadget or innovative piece of kit, this section is for them.

BUDGET: Impress your friends and enjoy a hot meal without the faff of lighting a stove and waiting for water to heat with the Flameless Cooking System. Particularly good for the accident-prone and DofE groups, this little tubberware box generates heat through a chemical reaction between the heat packs and water. Simply place your food, water and heat pack in the box and voile, your evening meal is sorted. http://www.cotswoldoutdoor.com/trekmates-flameless-cooking-system-97310006?id_colour=180 price: £15.00




SOMETHING NICE: Get three bags for the price of one with the latest innovation from Boreas. With the Bootlegger rucksack, users can swap the suspension of the bag to suit almost any sporting activity. The bag can transform into a large drysack that is submersible, or pack it down to change it into a daypack, complete with extra pockets for organisation, for day hikes and everyday commutes. Swap the suspension again for a lightweight hydration pack that is ideal for running and cycling. http://boreasgear.com/bootlegger-info/ price: $199.



FLASHING THE CASH: In the past year, Go-Pro have released a new line of cameras that offer better resolution, improved design and helpful features like wi-fi and low light mode. Plus, all the extra attachments mean the go-pro can record just about any activity. Just remember, all the videos they make will probably end up spamming your social media feeds. http://gopro.com/cameras/hd-hero3-black-edition price: £359.99





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Christmas Gift Guide for Glampers


For families, festival-goers and people that prefer to experience the outdoors with home comforts, the glamper tends to take a relaxed, more stylish approach to outdoor living.

BUDGET: For the Glampers who can’t live without their morning Starbucks, these handy bags are the ideal stocking stuffer or Secret Santa gift for them. The bag already contains ground coffee beans and a filter, all you have to do is pour hot water in, let it brew and then pour it into your mug. The coffee is sourced from Bolivia, Ethiopia Honduras and Brasil, and is easy to use and causes no mess. It beats carrying a heavy thermos around all day and with the change you have left over from a note, you can buy them the obligatory camping tin coffee mug as well!http://www.cotswoldoutdoor.com/growers-cup-coffee-pouch-92210003?id_colour=143 price: £2 per bag.



SOMETHING NICE: After a long day’s hike, a slackline provides the ideal entertainment around a campfire. Simply lash the bands in place around two sturdy trees, and then see which one of you can walk the furthest. The entire package is surprisingly lightweight and portable, and is an excellent workout for building on your core strength and balance. http://www.needlesports.com/Catalogue/Accessories/Slackline-Kits/Charko-Slack-Lines price: £42.99 for small kit.

spiderbandFLASHING THE CASH: This gift is ideal for weekend trips to the beach, where you can comfortably cook the day’s catch around a campfire with minimal mess. It can work just as well too camping in the mountains to cook breakfast or heating up stews. It is made from cast iron, as are the tongs, so while it might cook up an impressive feast for your friends, climbing up the mountain with it isn’t advised.http://www.theglamcampingcompany.com/glamdetails.php?prodId=262&category=35&secondary=&keywords= price: £98.99.



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A Short Gift Guide for Adventurous Female Travellers

In the first of four gift guide instalments for this upcoming Christmas season, I bring you a few ideas for each day of outdoorsy lady out there, whether you’re looking for a stocking stuffer or Secret Santa idea, or wanting to go big and expensive. Take a look below, and why not offer your suggestions below for other readers to gain inspiration as well?

BUDGET: Forget about draping your wet clothing over window frames or ancient televisions; with the handy hooks and suction cups of the DesignGo travel clothes line can be used wherever your traveller may venture. http://www.independent.co.uk/extras/indybest/outdoor-activity/the-50-best-camping-gear-1997914.html?action=gallery&ino=3 price: £4.99.


SOMETHING NICE: Packing for any and every occasion when you have limited bag space can be stressful on its own, but the twelve-way multifunctional dress can transform into several skirt and dress combos that can take you from relaxing after a day’s hike to . The dress is at its best when visiting warmer destinations, but layering it with tights, cardigans, coats or scarves will also work well too. http://twelveways.com/collections/all price: $65 – 85.




FLASHING THE CASH: For trips to destinations where drinking water is difficult to come by, this handy gift will help your adventurous traveller save money and stay hydrated. The SteriPen Freedom is the first rechargeable UV water purifier, which can kill 99.9% of bacteria, viruses and protozoa in less than a minute. Plus, it is lightweight and makes the water taste better than normal water purification tablets. http://www.cotswoldoutdoor.com/steripen-freedom-purifier-b5110035?id_colour=180 price: £118.00




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