By now, you’ll know it’s my plan to walk around the edge of the UK. You’ll know I’m collecting money for charities –
Ok team, you may be wondering why I’ve gathered you here today…er, virtually.
On April 6th, I will be walking north out of Edinburgh. Although this looks like a huge physical endeavour – that isn’t really what I want you to focus on. It also looks like a great thing to do for charity – it is, but I want you to think about the people I’ll be visiting as I go.
My first port of call will be in and around Queensferry and North Queensferry on the edge of the Firth of Forth. I need someone to provide me with food, water and shelter in one of these places and, equally as important, I need people who would like to walk with me on some of my journey and tell me their story.
So what, I hear you cry. I don’t know anyone who lives anywhere near there. This is where the beauty of Milgram’s small world experiment comes into action.
Who the…? What the…?
Basically he’s the guy who came up with the idea of 6 degrees of separation. The idea is that we, as individuals, are connected to every other person in the world by a maximum of 6 degrees – or other individuals.
First of all, I need you to think to yourself “Do I know anyone in the above places?”
I assume that this should be pretty straightforward – your specialist subject being you and the folk you know.
If you find yourself falling short at this point, I’ll need you to take it a bit further. I need each of you to contact someone you know personally who you think will be more likely to know someone who could offer me their hospitality in either of the Queensferrys.
If they don’t, ask them to contact someone who they think is more likely to know someone who could help, and so on until we find the right person/ people.
I want to demonstrate that, although these people don’t know me personally, I, as a friend of a friend of a friend can be trusted… and that trust is contagious. We learn discrimination – trust works the same way.
Doing nothing is not an option – there is the danger that, because there are now officially loads of you, you’ll think someone else will do something and you’ll end up doing nothing. This is a great chance to be part of an exciting – fairly weird – experiment.
I trust you implicitly – I know this journey will be a success. There may be a couple of nights here and there where I don’t have somewhere to stay but I know my trusty tent will protect me against most of what Scotland has to throw at me.
It’s my aim to reach Glasgow around August/ September – but that’s a moveable feast.
To keep you focused, let’s concentrate on the road to Inverness. Very simply that route will go something like this – Edinburgh – North Queensferry – St Andrews – Dundee – Arbroath – Montrose – Stonehaven – Aberdeen – Peterhead – Fraserburgh – Banff – Nairn – Inverness.
There’s a more thorough list at the bottom of this blog – and no, I’m not making these names up.
I would be delighted if you could all start your own six degrees of separation to help me on my way.
Thanks so much in advance.
Burntisland – Kirkcaldy – Leven – (Fife east neuk) Anstruther – Crail – Balcomie – Kingsbarns – St Andrews – Tayport – Newport on Tay – Dundee – Carnoustie – Easthaven – Wormiehills – Arbroath – Auchmithie – Redcastle – Braehead – Usan – Montrose – Miltonhaven – Johnshaven – Gourdon – Inverbervie – Stonehaven – Newtonhill – Downies – Aberdeen – Blackdog – Balmedie – Delfrigs – Ellon – Cruden Bay – Peterhead – Fraserburgh – Peathill – Mid Ardlaw – New Aberdour – Crovie – Penan – Crovie – Gardenstown – Greenskares – Gamrie – Macduff – Banff – Whitehills – Portsoy – Sandend – Portnockie – Findochty – Buckie – Portgordon – Speyside – Lochill – Lossiemouth – Hopeman – Burghead – Findhorn – Forres – Nairn – Fort George – Inverness.