Everything for the outdoor enthusiast

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ANYONE with a love of the outdoors might want to pencil in an Edinburgh event to their diaries.

The first Outdoor Pursuits Scotland show takes place at the Royal Highland Centre at Ingliston at the beginning of next month.

The Scotsman, which is promoting the event, has lined up interactive entertainment as well as displays in five distinct “zones” representing various outdoors activities.

One of the organisers, Gerry Carney, said: “The show is expected to be a hit with anyone of any age who has an interest in outdoors pursuits and leading a healthy outdoor lifestyle.”

Visitors will have the chance to see one of the UK’s most accomplished mountain bike stunt teams, the Savage Skills Display Team, perform. There will be a climbing wall for people to try, and exhibitor Sno!zone is taking along a snowboard simulator for visitors to enjoy.

Specialist magazine Bushcraft & Survival Skills will host an interactive area dedicated to the art and skills of bush-craft and wilderness survival, including firelighting and animal tracking (and children’s face painting too). And Land Rover Experience Scotland is bringing a Mini Terra pod for everyone’s entertainment.

Runners of all abilities will be keen to hear ultra-marathoner Robin Harvie, who has run the Spartathlon (152 miles from Athens to Sparta), talk about his experiences and read from his book, Why We Run.

The oldest British Seven summiteer, Tim Ralph, will speak about his love of mountaineering.

The themed areas are: Zone 1, for bikes, cycling and off-road; Zone 2, for water activities; Zone 3, where you will find every-thing there is to know about camping and walking; Zone 4, the “Xtra Zone”, for other outdoors pursuits; and Zone 5, for snow, rock and adrenalin sports enthusiasts.

The interaction and enter-tainment events are included as part of the entry price.

Mr Carney said: “Every visitor will be able to indulge in their love of the great Scottish outdoors, whether that love is for camping, walking, cycling or water, snow and adrenaline sports.”

The inaugural weekend event is on April 2 and 3. Tickets on the door are £10 for adults and £1 for children, with under-fives free.

For more information on Outdoor Pursuits Scotland 2011 – run in association with Rat Race Adventure Sports – see www.scottishoutdoorpursuits.co.uk.