Our History

September 2021
Scotland's Champions
Team B&B scoop the Community Champions 2021 Award
September 2021
RSPB
Joint event with RSPB
September 2021
John Muir Trust
Team B&B chat to JMT staff re: diversity and inclusion
August 2021
100 Walk Celebrations
A spectacular event jointly organised by Loch Lomond National Park, Scottish Forestry and Friends of Loch Lomond
August 2021
#OutdoorsAgainstRacism
National campaign launched by Boots & Beards
July 2021
Navigation course
Core volunteers complete outdoor navigation course
June 2021
Badminton
Sessions resume post pandemic
April 2021
Financial Times
Article on Boots & Beards
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August 2020
Walk Highlands
Feature piece on Nav, co-founder
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August 2020
Channel 5
Channel 5 feature
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August 2020
Sky News
Sky News morning show feature
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July 2020
The Guardian
Featured in the Guardian
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July 2020
Country Walking magazine
Featuring Saira Ali
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September 2021
Scotlands Champions
Team B&B scoop the Community Champions 2021 award
Scotlands Champions
September 2021
RSPB
Joint event with RSPB
RSPB
September 2021
John Muir Trust
Team B&B chat to JMT staff re diversity and inclusion
John Muir Trust
August 2021
100 Walk Celebrations
A spectacular event jointly organised by Loch Lomond National Park, Scottish Forestry and Friends of Loch Lomond
100 Walk Celebrations
August 2021
#OutdoorsAgainstRacism
National campaign launched by Boots & Beards
#OutdoorsAgainstRacism
July 2021
Navigation course
Core volunteers complete outdoor navigation course
Navigation course
June 2021
Badminton
Sessions resume post pandemic
Badminton
April 2021
Financial Times
Article on Boots & Beards
Financial Times
August 2020
Walk Highlands
Feature piece on Nav, co-founder
Walk Highlands
August 2020
Channel 5 feature
Channel 5 feature
August 2020
Sky News
Sky News morning show feature
Sky News
July 2020
Guardian
Featured in The Guardian
Guardian
July 2020
Country Walking magazine
Featuring Saira Ali
Country Walking magazine
February 2020
BBC
Article on diversity in the outdoors
BBC
February 2020
Spin Class
Dedicated programme for women launched
Spin Class
February 2020
Balmoral Castle Residential
Womens only programme - sold out
Balmoral Castle Residential
December 2019
Columbia
National campaign with Columbia
Columbia
December 2019
The Herald
"Walk this way. Outdoor activities have long been thought "white" – a group of Scots is changing that."
The Herald
December 2019
Colourful Heritage
"Joint programme with Colourful Heritage - reminder regarding the 9 members of Force K6 "
Colourful Heritage
October 2019
Coach Magazine
Kash Butt sits down with Coach Magazine
Coach Magazine
August 2019
Class of 2019
Duke of Edinburgh
Class of 2019
August 2019
Paisley 10K
Participants completed the marathon in Paisley
Paisley 10K
July 2019
Tough Mudder Skiption
Over 50 people participated from Team Boots & Beards
Tough Mudder Skiption
July 2019
Glenmore Lodge Retreat
A weekend away to Glenmore Lodge, Aviemore. Great to see so many people come out to experience the wide variety of activities. Abseiling, Canoeing, Hillwalking, Mountain biking, Archery, Orienteering Indoor and Outdoor climbing.
Glenmore Lodge Retreat
June 2019
Duke of Edinburgh
Bronze Scheme Practise Day One
Duke of Edinburgh
June 2019
Tough Mudder 2019
Team Scotland undertake the challenge
Tough Mudder 2019
May 2019
Downing Street
Prime Minister writes to Boots & Beards
Downing Street
February 2019
Balmoral Castle Residential
Balmoral Castle Residential
January 2019
Strathclyde University
Freshers week setup at Strathclyde University
Strathclyde University
October 2018
Laser Quest
Joint event held in partnership with Penny Appeal
Laser Quest
July 2018
Fishing
Fishing sessions led by volunteer Ifty Ahmed
Fishing
July 2018
Tough Mudder 2018
Team of 40+ accept the ultimate challenge
Tough Mudder 2018
July 2018
Duke of Edinburgh
First BME group in Scotland to be awarded a BME license
Duke of Edinburgh
May 2018
International Trek in Malaga
Group of 15 participants head over to Spain for a weekend of exploration and discovery
International Trek in Malaga
April 2018
Bootcamp for Kids
Easter programme for kids in partnership with Soulriders
Bootcamp for Kids
February 2018
Navigation course
Navigation course training on the hills with Mountaineering Scotland
Navigation course
November 2017
Indoor Climbing
Branching out on our health driven activities with the help of our partners. We now have some competent climbers who can lead some training sessions for others.
Indoor Climbing
November 2017
Bootcamp for Women
After it's successful launch for our mens group, we launch a dedicated programme for Women
Bootcamp for Women
November 2017
Cemvo Awards 2017
We are presented with the Impact in Health award
Cemvo Awards 2017
October 2017
Charity
We successfully gain charity status.
Charity
September 2017
Bonnie Boots
A dedicated group for women is born - Bonnie Boots.
Bonnie Boots
July 2017
Ireland
Our first major partnership with an international charity, leading a group of people to various sites in Belfast, Ireland.
Ireland
July 2017
Bootcamp
Major shift into the health arena after noticing the trends within our community. A sold out Bootcamp with over 20 participants over a 10 week programme.
Bootcamp
May 2017
First International Trek
Our first step into international territory
First International Trek
March 2017
Photography in Nature
Organising and leading a group of 20 children who demonstrate their creative side in an outdoor environment.
Photography in Nature
March 2017
Skills for the Hills
Our setup at the Skills for Hills event in Glasgow
Skills for the Hills
December 2016
John Muir Certificates
Participants handed over their certificates on successful completion over a six month period.
John Muir Certificates
November 2016
Cemvo Awards
Presented with the Volunteer Community Chamption 2016-17 Award.
Cemvo Awards
November 2016
Balmoral
Group of 24 people visit Balmoral for an overnight stay with prime focus on outdoor activities
Balmoral
August 2016
First Aid Training
Volunteers successfully complete First Aid Training, courtesy of Forestry Commission Scotland.
First Aid Training
August 2016
Ark Challenge
Set up and coordinate activities for kids in an outdoor based environment.
Ark Challenge
June 2016
Forestry Commission Scotland VCC Programe
Completion of 8 month Volunteer Community Champion skills course.
Forestry Commission Scotland VCC Programe
March 2016
Inception
"Birthdays, weddings, eid or sadly funerals - this is where the extended family would gather. With minimal social interaction amongst the young ones in this ever challenging digital era, something had to be done. Coupled with the Kash, one of the co-founders who had an unwelcomed illness which had rendered him incapacitated and confined to the bed for six months in 2013. With rehabilitation and a new outlook on life the opportunity had arisen for a walking group to be established for like-minded people in the community to better their lives and that of the next generation - 2016 was the year of Boots & Beards. "
Inception
September 2021
RSPB
Joint event with RSPB
September 2021
John Muir Trust
Team B&B chat to JMT staff re: diversity and inclusion
August 2021
100 Walk Celebrations
A spectacular event jointly organised by Loch Lomond National Park, Scottish Forestry and Friends of Loch Lomond
August 2021
#OutdoorsAgainstRacism
National campaign launched by Boots & Beards
July 2021
Navigation course
Core volunteers complete outdoor navigation course
June 2021
Badminton
Sessions resume post pandemic
April 2021
Financial Times
Article on Boots & Beards
View article
August 2020
Walk Highlands
Feature piece on Nav, co-founder
View article
August 2020
Channel 5
Channel 5 feature
Watch video
August 2020
Sky News
Sky News morning show feature
Watch video
July 2020
The Guardian
Featured in the Guardian
View article
July 2020
Country Walking magazine
Featuring Saira Ali
View article