Showing posts with label Scotland. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Scotland. Show all posts

Video: A Beautiful Ode to the Wilderness

Created in conjunction with the John Muir Trust, this video takes the famous naturalists inspiring and enduring words and overlays them with some incredibly impressive shots of wilderness areas from his home country of Scotland. The five minute clip takes us on a journey into wild and remote places, some of which inspired Muir to become an advocate for protecting important natural places for the future generations to enjoy. That would eventually become the basis for setting aside public lands and the creation of national parks, which have become part of Muir's lasting legacy. For this video however, all you need to do is watch the images unfold and listen to his words. I think many of you will be able to relate to what he has to say here.

Wilderness from Studiocanoe on Vimeo.

Video: Danny MacAskill's Wee Day Out

This video was released while I was away in Majorca, but it is so good that I thought that it was still worth sharing anyway. (And if you've already seen it, it's worth another look!) It follows biking phenom Danny MacAskill on his day off exploring the rural landscapes near Edinburgh. Travel along with Danny as rides through a series of pastoral settings in unique ways that only he can. Definitely a fun and entertaining video.

Kayakers Complete Greenland to Scotland Challenge

For the better part of the summer we've been following the progress of Olly Hicks and George Bullard, two British adventurers that had undertaken the difficult challenge of kayaking from Greenland to Scotland, and endeavor that included several legs of the journey that required them to be out on the open ocean for days at a time. Over the weekend, the pair reached their final destination at last, bring an end to their odyssey that was both mentally and physically taxing.

Hicks and Bullard launched their expedition from the Denmark Strait in Greenland before proceeding across open water to Iceland. From their, the two men followed the Icelandic coastline until they reached the North Sea, from which point they turned their boat towards the Faroe Islands, a very remote destination located just north of the British Isles. Next they crossed 50 miles (80 km) of rough seas to  reach the tiny island of North Rona before pressing on with the final leg, which ended
at Balnakeil Bay in Scotland. Along the way they faced several stops and starts due to inclement weather and exhaustion, but all told they managed to cover approximately 1200 miles (1931 km) over the the length of their adventure.

The expedition came to and end in the early hours of Sunday, September 4. Tired, but sensing that the end was near, Olly and George pushed on, paddling through the night. They reached Balnakeil Bay before sunrise, and although the blog reports of their progress say that they were exhausted, they were happy to reach the end of the journey at long last.

While this expedition saw little attention from the media, it was an audacious one to say the least. The waters that these two men paddled through were incredibly challenging, with ice floes blocking their way and heavy seas often making things rough. There are sections of the route that even commercial ships take care not to pass through, and yet Olly and George did it in a 22-foot sea kayak. That's a pretty impressive accomplishment indeed.

Congratulations to both men on a job well done.

Greenland to Scotland Challenge: Kayakers Make Second Attempt on "Devil's Dance Floor"

Back in June I told you about the Greenland to Scotland Challenge, and attempt by British adventurers Olly Hicks and George Bullard to kayak from the coast of Greenland to the upper regions of Scotland, with some pretty hairy open water sections to contend with along the way. The duo got underway back on July 1 and have working to complete the expedition ever since. The early stages of the paddle went about as they expected, with the two men traveling from Greenland to Iceland with few problems, then slowing making their way around the Icelandic coast. But the most harrowing stage of the journey – dubbed the "Devil's Dance Floor" – is a sea crossing from Iceland to the Faroe Islands off the coast of Scotland that they had hoped to have finished by now. Now, after one aborted attempt, they're getting ready to try again.

Olly and George first tried to paddle across the Dance Floor a few weeks back. They set out from the coast of Iceland on July 23 on what they knew was the toughest leg of their entire journey. But after spending 36 hours on the open sea they received word that bad weather was heading their way. The coast guard advised that they turn back as conditions did not look good.

Fortunately, they were able to hitch a ride on a passing fishing boat and made it back to shore safe and sound. Since then, they've been working on that same fishing boat, earning their keep while they waited for the weather to improve. At long last they've gotten toe okay to proceed, and the forecast looks promising. So, yesterday they returned to the water have has started to cross this treacherous stretch of open water once again.

The boys now face 12 days of living in their kayak as they make their way to the Faroe Islands. During that time they will eat, sleep, and paddle in their boat, completely focused on making progress towards their goal. They have now entered the most crucial stage of this journey, and the next week and a half could be incredibly difficult and dangerous.

As of today, the weather seems to have turned in their favor. The wind is at their back and they are making good progress. In fact, according to their dispatches they have already covered more ground in 24 hours than they did in the first 36 hours out on the Dance Floor. They won't be able to maintain that speed of course, but it is helping to put them back on track. Hopefully the good luck will continue and they'll complete the crossing safely.

Good luck to Olly and George. Follow their progress here.

Video: A Visit to the Scottish Highlands

We'll wrap up the week with an all-too-brief visit to the Scottish Highlands. This video was shot on 1300 mile long trip around Scotland that began in Glasgow, ran to the Isle of Skye and back again. Stops along the way included Loch Lomond, Loch Ness and Glencoe, with the results being nothing short of spectacular. This is a beautiful and enchanting part of the world, and a place that should be on every traveler's bucket list. I hope you enjoy.

Highlands. from Joren de Jager on Vimeo.

Video: Trippin' - Climbing and Riding the Scottish Highlands in Winter

Here's a pretty cool adventure. The video follows outdoor adventurer Oe Nagan has he heads out to the Scottish Highlands for some winter adventure. He begins by riding his mountain bike to the mountains before climbing up to the top with the bike strapped to his back. Once he reaches the summit, the reassembles it, and provides to ride back down, on snow no less. Quite an amazing way to combine two great activities into one winter escape.

Trippin - Winter Climb Ride from Trippin on Vimeo.

Video: Destination Ireland, Scotland, and Britain

Feel like you're in need of an escape from the daily grind this Monday? Then why not let adventure traveler extraordinaire Richard Bangs take us on a whirlwind tour of Ireland, Scotland, and Britain? This 7 minute video not only delivers some stunning shots of the landscapes found there, but introduces us to some of the history, culture, and traditions of the region as well. If you've ever need more of a reason to visit the British Isles, you'll find plenty more here to fuel that desire. It is a good reminder of just how rewarding travel truly can be.

Video: Wild Scotland

Think Scotland doesn't have epic wild spaces? This video will convince you otherwise. Shot with a drone in some of the country's most remote locations, it captures the landscapes of Scotland in beautiful fashion. The Highlands in particular look very enticing, inviting us to come explore their expanse. Sit back and enjoy, this short clip is only a little more than three minutes in length, but it is well worth the watch.

Wild Scotland from John Duncan on Vimeo.

Video: Exploring Scotland's Bothies by Mountain Bike

This wonderful video comes our way courtesy of adventurer and filmmaker Alastair Humphreys. While making this short film, Alastair rode his bike across some of Scotland's more wild and rugged landscapes, while spending his nights inside the "bothies" that he found along the way. A bothy is akin to a mountain lodge, and there are a number of them scattered along the Scottish trails, providing respite from the elements, and a warm place to sleep, at the end of the day. The stunning images that are captured here will inspire you to want to follow in Alastair's tire tracks. The places he visits throughout the journey are starkly beautiful and alluring. This is the kind of adventure that is accessible to just about anyone if they have the desire to do it, and as always Alastair has a knack for showing us the way. Watch and enjoy. Then start thinking about your own next adventure.

Mountain Bikes and Bothy Nights from Alastair Humphreys on Vimeo.

Video: The Toughest Swimming Race You've Ever Seen

Swimming isn't a sport I write about a lot on this blog, and if I do it is usually because someone is covering an especially impressive distance, or it is part of a major triathlon. But in this case, it is worth pointing out the insane event that is the Redbull Neptune Steps, a race that sends competitors on a 420 meter sprint swim up the Maryhill Locks in Glasgow, Scotland. The swimmers must make their way up stream, then climb up eight different locks on their way to the finish line. To say that this looks exhausting would be an understatement. It is also safe to say there aren't many other events like this in the world.

Video: Danny MacAskill's Solar Eclipse Ride

For last week's total solar eclipse in Europe famed mountain bike rider Danny MacAskill traveled to his homeland on the Isle of Skye in Scotland to take his bike for a spin just as the moon was covering the sun. The video below chronicles that journey – and that ride – in epic fashion, wish some amazing shots of the island, as well as Danny's usual escapades on the trails there. If you've seen any of his other mountain biking films, you know what to expect here, and as usual Danny delivers in spades.

Video: Cloud Symphony - A Timelapse Journey Through England, Scotland, and the Himalaya

This video seems like a fitting way to close out the week. It features some amazing landscapes from England, Scotland and the Himalaya of India and Nepal, shot in timelapse. In each of these settings, the clouds in the sky overhead add a level of beauty and drama, as they drift by, twisting and turning in the wind. This if five minutes of pure bliss, set to a rousing soundtrack.

Cloud Symphony from Awhelin on Vimeo.

Video: The Isle of Skye in Scotland

The Isle of Skye is one of a number of islands that are part of the Inner Hebrides of Scotland. Skye is a wild, mountainous place, with some amazing landscapes, some of which you'll get to see for yourself in the video below. The use of black and white imagery, and wonderfully atmospheric music, helps to set the scene. This looks like a beautiful place.

Skíð : 'Cloud Island' from Fourth Dimension on Vimeo.

Video: The Ridge - Danny Macaskill Takes on the Notorious Cuillin Ridgeline in Scotland

We all know that Danny Macaskill is amongst the most skilled mountain bike riders in the world. But in this video, he returns home to the Isle of Sky in Scotland to take on the Cuillin Ridge, an incredibly technical ride that will require every ounce of skill that he has at his disposal. This is a video that should not be missed. It is an amazing ride that is unlike anything you've seen before, and you may find yourself holding your breath on more than one occasion. Not for the faint of heart, this is simply a fantastic adrenaline rush to send us into the weekend.

Tip of the hat to the Adventure Journal for sharing this.

Video: Beautiful Scotland

Ever wonder what Scotland has to offer visitors? Then wonder no more. This short, three-minute clip serves as a lovely introduction to a country that has plenty of adventure to offer those who visit. This video was shot over seven months there, and is a fantastic argument for why we should all put it on our bucket lists. Great stuff!

Beautiful Scotland from John Duncan on Vimeo.

Video: Drone Captures Amazing Footage of Scotland

As we head into the long weekend here in the States, I thought we'd end a busy week with this fantastic video. It was shot using a DJI Phantom Vision 2+ drone and features some spectacular footage of Scotland. The music is the perfect accompaniment to the great images as well. Very beautiful and tranquil. I hope you enjoy.

The Phantom of Scotland from Sulaiman Sibai on Vimeo.