22/05/2017 - 12:47



Why to do it?

Boots are one of the key items on any expedition. If your boots don’t work then you will not be comfortable. Getting a good fit is essential, but past this you need to look after them to make sure they last the distance.

16/05/2017 - 14:04

We are sad to say that Morag has moved on from her Youth Development post on the FOTA Youth Development Project. We wish her well in her next project up in Glen Strathfarrar, and no doubt we'll see her out on the hills too!

We are hopeful that a new person will start this role soon. In the meantime any queries regarding the Youth Development Project should be emailed to: 

12/04/2017 - 14:30

With the changing of the clocks, it is now the official start of the DofE expedition season (hurrah!!!) however this is also the time where some of our least favourite insects start to emerge back into the world – and many of them are looking to bite you! We look at some of the most common insects you’re likely to come across on your expedition, and some tips and tricks on what to do if you get bitten.

06/04/2017 - 11:15

Join our team!

We are pleased to announce that we have received funding for 2 School Development Officers working in Midlothian. Please visit our job vacancies page for more information as well as the application pack.

02/04/2017 - 10:02


The FOTA office will be operating on reduced opening hours over the Easter holidays (3rd April - 18th April)

During this time we will be open 9am - 5pm, with no kit store access in the evenings.


15/03/2017 - 17:41

Waterproof Jackets


13/03/2017 - 17:17


09/03/2017 - 11:22

Most items of clothing are made of cotton. This is great if you want something casual with a great looking logo on the front but when you start doing exercise you realise that cotton is not your friend. Why is this? Cotton holds water, this means that it will soak up your sweat and hold it against your skin. This means your body cannot cool down as effectively as your body gets confused by excess moisture on the skin, but also it makes your skin clammy, making it easier to rub against your rucksack or boots. This means that cotton should really be avoided across all expedition clothing.

09/03/2017 - 10:24

We are pleased to announce that FOTA founder and long term advocate Peter Wright is taking on another personal challenge to raise money for FOTA. If you would like to read more about this then head here.

We wish Peter well in his training and the challenge itself in June!