Kash Butt and his brother began organizing family walks because they wanted to spend more time together—they didn’t know they’d end up helping get Glasgow’s Asian community into the great outdoors.

When Glaswegian Kash Butt and his brother realized they were only seeing their family at birthdays and special occasions, the duo decided to do something about it. In 2015, they organized a family hill walk—and the idea quickly caught on. “I’d post photos on Facebook and friends would say, ‘That looks amazing. Tell me about the next one’,” says Kash.

Kash organised the first walk outside of his immediate family in April 2016. Fast forward to 2019, and he now leads an organization called Boots and Beards, a growing movement open to all but gaining particular traction with Glasgow’s ethnic communities, to get them out of Scotland’s biggest and busiest city and into the outdoors.