Today (March 21st) is officially the start of spring and it may be a good time to get some new walking boots
as the daylight hours get longer and the weather warmer.
The equinox is the time when daylight and night are of equal length and is also when the speed at which the amount of daylight increases most from one day to the next.
And with this weekend bringing the shift forward in the clocks to British Summer Time, the evenings will be light for the next seven months.
Walkers may not be able to quite do away with winter jackets
yet or even crampons
, as some mountain areas will still hold some snow.
However, this week the Scottish Avalanche Information Service announced it would be switching from daily forecasts to weekly ones, as the level of snow cover on the mountains of the Highlands has receded.
This is set to continue until April 8th, after which the avalanche risk is likely to be negligible.
Nonetheless, walkers familiar with Scotland will know that patches of snow will persist in some mountain areas throughout the year.