About Us

We’ve been running events in Edinburgh since 1968!

It started life as The Edinburgh Evening News Charity Walk in 1968. Now more than four decades later Great Scottish Events has become one of Scotland’s leading fundraising events organisers in Scotland.

Over the next year Great Scottish Events a Social Enterprise will raise record amounts of money for many charities and voluntary organisations. All thanks to the efforts of thousands of participants of all ages and ability.

The beauty of all the Great Scottish Events is that virtually everyone can take part even the young or frail can still get involved in Wee Walks, Toddles and Golden Mile Walks.
Great Scottish Events also guarantees 100% money raised by all participants in their fundraising efforts is given directly to their chosen charity!

Terry Crossley – originator / organiser of “The Edinburgh Evening News Charity Walk, The Great Scottish Walk and The Edinburgh Christmas Charity Festival.” Has supported many fundraising efforts over the years and has helped raise millions of pounds for charities.

In November 1967, Terry served in the Royal Navy as a Physical Training Instructor when his ship visited South Africa. He took part in the 22 mile Big Walk and was so impressed by the event that when he settled down in Edinburgh the following year, he thought “The South African Walk concept was just right for Edinburgh.” The rest is history!

Who Are Great Scottish Events

The UK’s original adventure challenge company

Great Scottish Events is the UK’s original adventure challenge company. We’re here to help organisations stage exciting, demanding and professional fundraising events, with participant satisfaction guaranteed. And it’s all about the fundraising, all of our events have a primary purpose of raising as much money as possible for the event charity. Over the years we have assisted charities raise more than £12 Million for their own good causes!

What makes us different is:

  1. All charities receive the full 100% of money raised by their supporters.
  2. Any profits made by “Great Scottish Events”, is reinvested into the organisation to keep costs down for charity groups.
  3. We don’t handle any sponsorship monies raised by charity supporters, all money goes directly to the good cause.
  4. Our events provide an opportunity for all ages and abilities to take part – from possibly the oldest entrant in one of our events, a 101yr old gentleman with his zimmer frame to a two week old baby in a buggy.
  5. We endeavour to include individuals with all disabilities and will never charge an entry fee to carers for our general events. (exception for events that include overnight accommodation).
  6. Experience – Our co-founder has been running charity walks/runs for over 45years, probably organising walking/running events for the longest time in the UK.

Although we have organised events for over 40 years. We decided to rebrand and become a social enterprise. This allows us to re-invest all profit made back into the organisation, which in turn will allow us to keep costs down and introduce other exciting events to our portfolio. We believe by operating in this manner will create employment and learning opportunities for