Stramash is fortunate to have two patrons who offer their support.

Karen Darke

Karen has the philosophy that to have the most impact in life we should challenge our constraints, adopt a positive mindset and support each other to be the best we can be.

As a coach and facilitator, Karen enjoys working with individuals and groups, coaching them towards their goals and aspirations. She runs her own business, and is also an author and speaker, working regularly with young people, schools, businesses and other organisations.

Karen finds much of her inspiration through outdoor adventure. She was a keen runner and mountaineer before becoming paralysed in a rock-climbing accident, and has since pursued alternative ways to access the outdoors; canoeing to Alaska, sit-skiing across the Greenland icecap and hand-cycling across the Himalaya.


What is life if it isn’t an adventure? I’m constantly amazed by what can be achieved if we set our heart and mind to it. It’s all about finding belief, confidence, motivation and commitment. And of course, friends. Then there are no limits.

Her first book “If You Fall” is published by O-Books and can be ordered at The second, “Dizzy Fingers” is due to be published in 2010.

Karen’s captivating story shines a bright light on the meaning of challenge, and on the limitless capabilities of the human spirit.
Sir Ranulph Fiennes, polar explorer

Contact .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or +44 781 0590244
Flat 2, 71 Culduthel Road, Inverness, IV2 4HH, Scotland, UK.

Duke-of-ArgyllThe Duke of Argyll

Torquhil Ian Campbell, is the 13th Duke of Argyll. He inherited the title in 2001 making him, at the age of 33, the youngest Duke in the United Kingdom. A distinction he still retains today.

He combines his duties as Clan Chief, Duke, and Landowner with a consultant role with Pernod Ricard, promoting Scotch Whiskies including Chivas Regal and Glenlivet, around the world. He captained Scotland to victory in 2004 and again in 2005 in the World Elephant Polo Championships.

Duke-of-Argyll-coat-of-armsHis main seat of residence is Inveraray Castle, where his personal coat of arms will be flown if he is in.

The Duke abseiled down the walls of Inveraray Castle as part of the launch of Stramash as a social enterprise.



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