How to make the most out of being "too busy"

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"I'm too busy" - A convenient and common phrase used by many, but more often than not it is linked to low levels of enthusiasm or laziness. Although sometimes in life there can be many obstacles and tasks that can get in the way of participating in the activities you are most passionate about, my advice is to try and find a happy medium and even incorporate your passion into your busy life. In the past I too have been guilty of using the phrase "I'm too busy" and although over the last few months it has been true in part with many activities such as weddings, birthdays, family visits, work and various other events. I have not managed to get out and commit to full days or weekends to go on an adventure, but have allowed a couple of hours and sometimes less to explore various locations while in the area attending these events. Sometimes it is just about being prepared for a spur of the moment activity, for example, I have my walking boots, jacket and a camera in the car at all times in case I stumble across any areas I wish to discover. 

A lot of friends and family ask where I find out about the many different places I visit or travel to for an adventure. There isn't a simple one-word answer to this, but below I have made a small list and links to my favourite methods:


TROVER (App / Website) 

An amazing website and application, a real must-have for anyone with an interest in sightseeing, adventuring, food, culture, tourism and more. The mileage feature integrated into Trover is simply GENIUS, by scrolling through the endless pictures from across the world you are sure to find something that interests you, and with its mileage counter at the side it can give you an idea of what is manageable in your time frame, or if for example you only want to venture 50 miles then you can scroll through until the counter reaches the 50 miles. Anytime I am out on the road or visiting somewhere, I will always go on to my Trover app and see what is nearby. As well as having many different features, there is often competitions and giveaways, I was lucky enough to be awarded the "Trover Scholarship Award" for November and receive £500 in Expedia vouchers! So get yourself signed up, enjoy its features and be in with a chance of winning some great prizes. If you would like to read the article on me for this award please click here.



WILD GUIDE SCOTLAND (Book)

This really is an all-in-one guide for all things adventure, as well as great places to eat and stay on the way. The book comes from the best selling and award-winning Wild Guide Series (winner of travel guidebook of the year 2015). "Discover magical mountains and secret glens with shimmering lochs and hidden waterfalls, perfect for a summer swim. Explore lost ruins and castles, watch sea-bird colonies on dramatic cliffs or walk barefoot on white-sand beaches lapped by turquoise waters. Wild camp in flower-covered dunes and retreat to ancient inns with roaring fires and even warmer welcomes." The book is set out and displayed in a very clear and methodical manner, with sections set out by area, within each section, there's a numbered map that shows exact locations of every place featured in the book, a very good way to plan a day or more away. To make an order or find out more on this book click here.



WALK HIGHLANDS (Website)
I can only describe this page as "a bible for walkers", I could talk and write all day about this website, but instead please the section I have copied and pasted from the "About us" part of the site: 

Walkhighlands' mission is to encourage the enjoyment of walking through being the best information source and social network for walkers in Scotland.
In doing so we also aim to help the small, local tourism businesses so vital to Scotland's rural economy through providing low-cost, highly-targeted advertising.
Walkhighlands is the busiest walking site in the UK and far and away the busiest outdoors website in Scotland, with 500,000 unique visitors checking in each month.
We are constantly expanding and currently feature over 2,000 walking routes including everything from detailed routes up every Munro to short woodland or even urban walks. Through our partnership with the Ordnance Survey, every route has a detailed map. We also feature podcasts giving the correct pronunciation and place-name meanings, a 3D visualisation of every route, gradient profiles, route downloads for GPS devices and much, much more. Our users record their own outdoors experiences through their personal 'walks diaries' and can share their walking stories, photos and videos on the routes and hill descriptions throughout the site. Users can even draw and share their routes on Ordnance Survey mapping using our unique GPS planner. For those attempting a long term objective such as the Munros we provide interactive personal 'hill-bagging' maps to record your progress. All the features on Walkhighlands are free of charge for personal use.

Back to what I have done whilst being "too busy".................

When over in Aberdeen shire we spent a couple of hours exploring the areas surrounding Bow Fiddle Rock, quite a spectacular rock formation just off the coast of Portknockie, the name comes from it's resemblance to the tip of a fiddle bow... believe it or not! It is somewhere I was planning to return for a swim on a warmer day until I realised the vast amounts of jellyfish in the water, so I think I will be giving that one a miss! Another option was to return and kayak through the arch and round to the next area we explored, named The Whale's Mouth, as it resembles.... yes you guessed it a whale's mouth. The Whale's Mouth is a 10-minute walk along the cliff tops, followed by a lengthy staircase back down to the shore. Take care as the stones can be quite slippy!




























On our return journey from visiting family in the central belt, we took a detour through Falkirk and then onto Stirling. Our first stop was the famous Kelpies horse head sculptures located in Helix Park, a parkland project built to connect 16 communities in the Falkirk Council Area. 



  • 30 metres high
  • 300 tonnes each
  • 1200 tonnes of steel-reinforced concrete foundations per head
  • 928 unique stainless steel skin-plates
  • Built on site in 90 days


  • The Wheel only uses 1.5kWh of energy to turn, the same amount as it would take to boil 8 household kettles! 
  • 35m tall (8 double-decker buses stacked on top of each other)
  • The 600-tonne gondolas hold 500,000 litres of water, enough to fill an Olympic swimming pool.

The next trip was one that I had done before, but was around 15 years ago and was it definitely worth a 2nd visit. Whilst travelling North up the A9, we made a short detour off the main road to the car park at the start of the "Fyrish Monument walk", the walk is a fairly easy going 6km round trip with a total ascent of 292m, it offers breathtaking views from the summit and also offers some cool photo opportunities, even the dogs loved it! The Fyrish Monument is a prominent feature that stands on Fyrish hill near Alness. The Fyrish Monument was built in 1782 on the orders of Sir Hector Munro, a native lord of the area who had served in India as a general. As the local population were being cleared off the land they had worked for centuries by the Lords of the Land, survival was a problem and so it was built to keep the locals in labour. It was said that Sir Hector rolled stones from the top of the hill to the bottom, thereby extending the amount of time worked and paying the labourers for additional hours.....sounds like a nice guy if you ask me! It represents the Gate of Negapatam, a port in Madras, India, which General Munro took for the British in 1781.

Someone couldn't quite make the climb for their photo 😂


But I made it, YAY for me! 🙌

As I finish today's post, I would like to challenge you all to stop using the phrase "I'm too busy" and get more out of life.....unless you really are "too busy" of course! 








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