What advice would you give to someone wanting to start their own adventures?
Be brave and give it a try, if you don't like it you can try something else! You don't have to plunge in at the deep end... If you're nervous or new to camping then why not start in your garden? Once you feel confident you can work your way up. Look up 'Microadventures' (the book by Al Humphreys is great). You don't need to invest in expensive kit either, try buying it second-hand or borrowing it. With any new endeavour however, it's always worth researching laws and safety advice, especially when it comes to potentially dangerous activities like wild swimming or hiking mountains. Once armed with that knowledge the world is your oyster!
How do I get sponsorship for adventures?
This is something I get asked a lot and, honestly, almost all of the people I know self-fund their trips. My Shiant Isles castaway trip was relatively inexpensive, I just had to scrape together pennies for hiring the boat. Apart from the ferry travel, my #82Islands trip is all self-funded. For this reason I've had to fit it around my work but at least by being self-funded you can run your own schedule when you're not promoting a sponsor. Adventures don't have to be big or expensive to be notable, most of my off-grid weekends cost less than a night out on the town (and are usually far more memorable!)
How do you stay safe as a woman on her own in the outdoors?
I genuinely feel a lot safer on my own in the outdoors than I do in towns and cities. That said, it doesn't hurt to be careful and I always make sure that someone knows where I'm going and that I have a means of emergency communication like a phone or GPS tracker. I also always ensure that I don't announce my location on social media until I've moved on from that spot. I wrote a more detailed guide on how to solo camp safely for Land Rover Explore on International Women's Day 2020, find out more.
Can you help me plan my trip to Skye?
Itinerary planning isn't something I currently offer because it takes up a lot of time, although it's something that I may consider for the future. My advice for anyone visiting Skye or the Highlands in general is to slow down, take your time and explore -you'll find some incredible places if you take a wander off the beaten track. If you want to read about some of my favourite local places you can visit my blog here.