Scott: A natural instinct to walk

When Scott is working on a new project or needs creative inspiration, he takes himself for a walk to be at one with nature and reflects on the sounds, smells and feelings experienced on his walk into his work.

Scott, Humans of the Walk

Scott, an artist from Alloa, found his love for walking whilst completing his undergraduate dissertation. Weeks before it was due, he had an epiphany and realised his inspiration and artistic drive came from the outdoors.

We are always rushing from one thing to the next so the outdoors gives us the perfect opportunity to relax, unwind and see the world at your own pace.

Being an artist, I can have hundreds of ideas running through my head at once so I find it really therapeutic to go for a wander to consolidate ideas. Often, I’m actually inspired by what I see around me which ends up being the final concept. 

Walking can give you a different perspective on life. As we experience new locations and surroundings it can open you up to new exposures in the society, instead of being confined to what we already know.

I try to encourage people to get out as much as they can to enjoy the amazing landscape we are blessed with in Scotland. Walking should be something that we just want to do naturally, instead of having to force it upon ourselves. 

We all need to get out of the mindset that when we need to go somewhere we automatically jump in a car or catch a bus instead of actively travelling which is not just good for the environment but also our mental, physical and social wellbeing.

Scott's story is part of our Humans of the Walk campaign during COP26. Check out the full campaign gallery here.