Virtual Kiltwalker in need of some inspiration? We’re here to help!
With the Kiltwalk going Virtual for 2020, there won’t be the usual set walking routes to follow over the weekend and the power of picking the challenge is up to you! You don’t have to walk and there is no set distance that you need to cover, just pick something that is challenging and sponsor-ship worthy for you and set off on your fundraising journey. We know some people are enjoying the choice and already setting up routes and challenges around their hobbies and interests, but for others it can be hard to know where to start. We’ve had our thinking caps on and pulled some suggestions together which we hope will inspire you to take on your own challenge and support our work through the Virtual Kiltwalk event this year. Remember, there is no challenge to great or too small – we are just so grateful that you are part of Team Fresh Start!
Bag a Munro
Some people want to climb them all, others are happy to say they’ve done the one and call it a day, but there is no denying the iconic Scottish Munros are a worthy challenge! If you’re new to the dizzy heights of Munro Bagging, you might want to start with a few of the “easier” Munros, check out VisitScotland’s Top 11 here for inspiration!
Some top choices are
- Ben Lomond: the most Southernly Munro has a clear path with a gradual incline to the summit where you will be rewarded with stunning views over Loch Lomond.
- Ben Chonzie: a Perthshire Munro with a good path and a climb that isn’t too technical makes this a great first Munro with mountain hares for company.
- Schiehallion: close to Ben Chonzie lies the "Fairy Hill of the Caledonians", another popular Munro for first timers with views over Perthshire to Glen Coe and a boulder field to navigate.
Whilst these peaks might be more manageable than others, remember there is no “easy” Munro and you will need walking experience, navigation skills and the right gear before tackling any of these summits. There is lots of advice available about safety on Mountaineering Scotland and more info on routes, starting points and terrain on Walkhighlands so make sure you’re informed before you go.
Pick up a path
Scotland is full of walking paths that sweep through forests, into glens and along the coastline, allowing you to take in the natural beauty of the land without too much effort! The Fife Costal Path has some lovely, and relatively easy, long distance walking routes which take you through the beautiful fishing villages of the East Neuk. Start off in St Monans, head to Anstruther for lunchtime fish and chips and end your walk with ice cream in St Andrews! Visit Scotland has a website full of routes for all timescales and abilities so you can plan your challenge with ease.
Get on your bike!
If you’re a cyclist then this is the perfect excuse to get back in the saddle and enjoy the freedom of two wheels! Whether you’re ready to go from Edinburgh to Glasgow or fancy a jaunt along Portobello Prom, there are 2,100 miles of National Cycle Network routes on country roads and cycle paths and a further 500 miles of traffic-free walking and cycling routes that you can take to for your challenge! For cycling within Edinburgh, you can hire a Just Eat bike for the day and use the Innertube Map to plan your route using cycle paths!
Home Sweet Home
You don’t have to venture too far from the comforts of home to take on a challenge, over lockdown we have seen lots of great fundraising challenges that haven’t left home at all – Sir Captain Tom ring any bells? You could do laps of the garden in honour of everyone's fundraising hero, take to the stairs and get those legs moving to raise your funds over several flights or, if you’re feeling strong, a series of push ups or sit ups might be the one for you! We know leaving home just now can be daunting, so don’t feel you have to or you can’t take part unless you do – at home fundraising is so 2020!
Do what you love
The main thing is that you have fun doing your challenge and the best way to ensure that you do, is to pick something that you enjoy. Whether you’re a keen kayaker, love your SUP or are a yogi in training – you can turn your hobby into your challenge and spend a day doing what you love, all in the name of charity! So take to the sea, put on your dancing shoes or pick up an oar and enjoy your Virtual Kiltwalk experience!
We hope these suggestions have given you some ideas of the challenges you can take on to fundraise in the Virtual Kiltwalk! We would love to hear what your plans are so please drop us an email or let us know on social media so we can share your fantastic ideas with the rest of Team Fresh Start!
If you’re feeling inspired and ready to sign up, please follow this link for more info and our handy sign-up guide to help you get started.
Thank you for being part of the Team and giving your time and effort to fundraise for us. Your support is so appreciated and we are here for moral support every step of the way!