Walking in the forest is never a dull experience and those who imagine it to be so should think again, it has been argued.
Such a point was made by an article in the Scotsman Newspaper, which featured a visit to the Thornilee Forest in the Borders region.
Describing the view from a hill on the edge of the forest, he stated: "It was only a little unnamed hill I stood on but it was remote, quiet, apparently never-ending hill country that I could see - the ideal place to empty the mind and marvel at the outdoors."
People donning their walking boots
and exploring the area can enjoy wildlife like herons and buzzards, it was noted, along with a carving of Muckle Mouth Meg, the character in a local folk tale.
Thornilee Forest is owned by the Forestry Commission and the paper noted the body has set up a number of trails with information provided.
Unlike in England, where debate has raged about the merits of selling off such land, the Scottish Parliament and Welsh Assembly have said commission land in their countries will not be sold.