People walking together with the words 'Wherever your happy place, we've got the kit to get you there'

Meet Josh Adeyemi: Founder, Black Scottish Adventurers @talesbyjosh

Meet Josh, a passionate adventurer residing in Scotland and the friendly face

behind @talesbyjosh.


Josh’s journey into the great outdoors was first sparked by the open green spaces of Nigeria and has since led him to form Black Scottish Adventurers – a community focused on promoting well-being through adventure and making the Scottish countryside

more accessible.


We spoke to Josh to learn more about his connection to the outdoors, the importance of community, and how he finds the right kit.  

A bblonde woman in a purple top looking into the distance

When did the outdoors become your happy place?

I grew up in Lagos, which is a metropolitan city made up of concrete and tiled roads. In the city, I felt that I couldn’t really be free, but I remember returning to my father’s village and always feeling happy there, surrounded by green spaces.  


When I moved to Scotland just over a decade ago, I read an article about the Land Reform Act or ‘The Right To Roam’ as a lot of people know it. I was excited that I could discover so many amazing places freely – I jumped straight into it and am still exploring today.

How has the outdoors shaped you?

Over the years, a lesson has shown up for me – time and time again – that it's not about racing to the summit, it’s about the journey along the way.


When I’m out on the hills, the best feeling doesn’t come at the top – it happens on the way up, when I’m chatting with friends and enjoying the view. The outdoors has shaped my sense of adventure and allowed me to explore more, as well as build a community.  

A collage of people running in the city and on trails

A woman with blonde hair and wearing a black hoody looking down at the ground

What inspired you to form Black Scottish Adventurers (BSA)?

There was a deep sense of community where I grew up in Nigeria, and I think that shaped my approach to connecting with others.


With BSA, I was going on adventures and capturing videos, and the community naturally developed. We wanted to create a place where people felt welcomed – people who had only just arrived in the country or who had never felt that the outdoors was for them.


Under the umbrella of Black Scottish Adventurers, everyone can get the support that they need to help transform their outdoor experiences.

Why are outdoor communities so important?

I have found that the outdoors is a place where my friends and I can go and be ourselves with no pressure.


Many people only hear about outdoor adventures when something bad has happened and in turn, it has become this place that people fear.


Education is key, because discovering the outdoors is not as hard as it appears to be – with the right tools and a supportive community, people can get outside and really benefit from it.

A collage of people running in the city and on trails

Why is finding the right kit so important?

Ahead of every BSA adventure, I create a kit list for members. After sharing this list, I have often been asked, “What is an insulated jacket?” or “How do I choose the right socks?”. A lot of people don’t know what they need before venturing outside – or where to get it.


A greater understanding of how to choose the correct kit for a specific adventure helps remove fear and empowers us to be in an environment that is unfamiliar. 


What do you consider when looking for the right kit?

I love immersing myself in nature, so I look for technical kit that can stand up to that, and probably because of my cultural background, I like to wear colourful things. The fit is very important too. 


I’ve been hiking for years, but when I went into Cotswold Outdoor recently to get my feet checked, I realised that my walking boots were a size too small for my feet. I thought having sore feet after a big walk was normal, but the in-store experts advised me to size up.


Having the right fitting shoe has changed my life, and I know others who have experienced the same. The in–store assistance was brilliant – most people don’t know that there are different shoes for different terrains, but having expert knowledge like that is great!

A collage of people running in the city with an inspirational quote

Thanks for sharing your story and kit expertise with us, Josh.


If you’ve been inspired to find your happy place or take on your own outdoor challenge, book an in-store appointment with one of our kit specialists, or stop by your nearest Cotswold Outdoor store.


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