Those who fancy taking two or three hours out from the hurly-burly of Christmas preparations may do so with a good riverside walk, it has been suggested.
Such an activity has been listed in the Scotsman newspaper in its latest Walk of the Week, which noted an escape from festivities can be easily enjoyed in the Borders region town of Haddington.
It described the short hike from the town centre, which passes a series of trees planted to mark the coronations of different monarchs and heads out into the countryside, skirting a golf course and then looping back to the start point.Walking boots
may be a very useful thing to wear as the paper noted: "The route is muddy in places but is largely flat so it is great for all the family."
Other recent lowland walks featured in the paper include a climb of Duns Law in nearby Berwickshire.