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Everything outdoors can be found at the new Highland Adventure Fest in Inverness


By Features Reporter


SCOTLAND’S great outdoors will be inside for one day only at the first ever Highland Adventure Fest, providing busy workers the incentive they need to discover all that is available to explore in the Highlands.

The Planit Scotland event is sponsored by Glenmore Lodge, Scotland’s national outdoor training centre, and takes place at Inverness Leisure Centre from 10am to 4pm on Sunday, March 24.

There is adventure close to home in the Highlands – find out more at the first ever Highland Adventure Fest.
There is adventure close to home in the Highlands – find out more at the first ever Highland Adventure Fest.

Bringing together walkers, climbers, kayakers, cyclists, yogis and runners, outdoors enthusiasts will be able to try out new kit, book activities and meet new people with a similar desire to discover adventure at home.

With more than 30 exhibitors, there will be lots to take in and attendees will have the chance to tune in to the series of adventure talks, photos and film from some of Scotland’s outdoors experts.

Katie Masheter, of event organiser Planit Scotland, said: “We’re so fortunate to be immersed in such an inspiring Highland setting, surrounded by mountains, lochs and glens that attract people from all over the world who seek adventures.

“Yet so many of us don’t appreciate just how amazing it is, or sometimes it can seem a little daunting, and without the kit it can be tricky to really get into the activities.

“The Highland Adventure Fest is shaping up to be a cracking event and it’s bound to trigger some real interest in the great outdoors, teach people the basic ‘need to knows’ and hopefully inspire some new adventures.”

Among the speakers already lined up is Geoff Allan, author of the award-winning Scottish Bothy Bible. He will take festival-goers on a photographic journey through his many adventures in the wild Highlands.

Geoff Allan, author of the Scottish Bothy Bible, will talk at the festival. Picture: Colin Hattersley Photography/Highland Adventure Fest
Geoff Allan, author of the Scottish Bothy Bible, will talk at the festival. Picture: Colin Hattersley Photography/Highland Adventure Fest

Also set to appear is award-winning professional landscape photographer Margaret Soraya, who will share her love of quiet places, solo travel, wild swimming, surfing and reveal how the natural world can help your mental health.

Glenmore Lodge’s own team will be sharing a series of talks about discovering adventure at home, from sea kayaking on the Moray Firth to scrambling and trail running.

International mountain leader Cory Jones will teach the basics of outdoor first aid, and mountain runner Tom Hech will introduce a film about the Cape Wrath Ultra, an eight-day expedition race weaving 400km through the Highlands.

Cyclists coming to the event are encouraged to arrive on two wheels and join one of the short group rides happening throughout the day.

Or perhaps you might like to find balance in a yoga taster session, enjoy a swim, tackle the climbing wall or book some surfing, paddle-boarding, ski sports or kayaking.

There is no better time to come and meet all of the businesses that can help pull you away from your desk and really enjoy all that we have on our doorstep!

The Highland Adventure Festival, sponsored by Glenmore Lodge and organised by Planit Scotland, takes place at Inverness Leisure from 10am to 4pm on Sunday, March 24.

Advance tickets are available at www.highlandadventurefest.co.uk for £4 or can be purchased on the door for £5. Children under 12 go free.



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