I’ve been posting outdoor content on YouTube for a number of years now, initially just short clips from my hill walking trips for keepsake memories. Its only been in the last couple of years that I’ve began taking it more seriously producing more regular films, documenting wild camping and bothy trips, narrating as I go, taking in the some of the best scenery Scotland has to offer.
I enjoy filming whilst outdoors and I’m beginning to feel more comfortable in front the the camera too. I also quite like the editing side of things, albeit my current aging computer is beginning to struggle with processing the footage.
I don’t take myself too seriously, so my aim is to create light hearted and honest films that viewers can enjoy and relate to and hopefully get some inspiration from.
As much as I enjoy making films, I don’t want it to intrude on my outdoor experience. For example I don’t want to be constantly running back and forth for the camera when recording scenes, I keep this down to a minimum. I feel I have stuck the right balance of filming and enjoying the outdoors for myself.
I also get a lot from watching other people’s content, I probably watch as much on YouTube than I do regular television, what would you pick; X-Factor or some decent outdoor content on YouTube?
I like to support others who post similar content, particular smaller YouTube channels like myself. and there is lots of excellent outdoors YouTubers to be found. So without further ado and in no particular order here are some of my favourite YouTube channels.
Head for the hills: aka Hermit Hill doesn’t just talk the talk, but he walks the walk. He’s been all over Scotland following all the trails. His Scottish National Trails playlist is my probably my favourite.
Gareth and Zoe wildcamps: Possibly the slickest and well produced films I’ve seen. In fact almost like a TV show. Gareth and Zoe have great chemistry together and this shows in their films:
Scotland’s Mountains (Steaming Boots): I got a lot of my early filming inspiration from watching Murray’s films. Scotland’s Mountains is likely one of best known outdoors channels on YouTube and you can expect excellent footage, particularly from his drone.
JagerScot: I’ve enjoyed watching JagerScot and his Alsatian (Jager) hike and camp around Scotland. Plenty excellent drone footage too, backed with some stirring Scottish music.
On The Adventure Trails – Scotland: David Mair delivers excellent varied outdoor content from snow capped summits to pack rafting in the Cairngorms. David and Mrs OTAT bring some of the slickest footage available.
Scots Wildcamper: “Scots Wildcamper, the wild camping channel for the great outdoors”. Eddie recently celebrated his 100th wild camp and travels around Scotland filming his adventures:
Miles from anywhere: Dave can usually be found in the Cheviots and beyond. Takes some fantastic night photography too:
WalkWithWallace: Shameless plug for my own vlog. Wild camping, hiking, bothies and some wildlife.
Alex Roddie: Alex is more well better known for his writing, however his own YouTube channel is beginning to shape up nicely:
Benvironment: Ben Dolphin the countryside ranger, Ben’s genuine enthusiasm and passion for the great outdoors shines through and is contagious. From bugs to eagles, he leaves nothing uncovered in the natural world.
Scottish Wanderer: Stuart’s passion is bushcraft , wild camping and cooking outdoors. Loves a camping pot and Spam (the tinned variety).
Cam Hikes: A relatively new channel, follow Cam originally from the French Pyrenees on her long distance Scottish hikes:
Snowy Matrix: Another long distance hiker, he’s currently posting films of his Cape Wrath Trial hike.
Behold Scotland: Another new channel worth checking out, confident behind the camera and documents his trips around Scotland brilliantly:
Crafty Veggie: I stumbled across Crafty Veggie quite recently and I enjoy his content. Mostly wild camping and bushcraft.
Hounds of Howgate: Not long finished Hounds’ Cape Wrath Trail playlist and John delivers his long distance hiking vlogs brilliantly, funny and informative:
Paul Messner: I discovered Paul’s channel quite recently and enjoy his content. Loads of wild camping and gear reviews:
Hopefully that’ll keep you busy for now, no doubt I have missed lots of other top quality YouTube channels. If there’s any I should know about please post a link in the comments box below and I’ll endeavour to update this blog to include them too.