Those thinking of buying walking boots
may wish to get something with strong grips and water resistance to enjoy treks such as the latest Walk of the Week in the Scotsman newspaper.
Black Spout waterfall near Pitlochry in Perthshire has been listed as a truly spectacular sight, with writer Nick Drainey noting: "There are many spectacular falls in Scotland but this one seems special. It takes you by surprise."
This, he said, is because what sounds like a "bubbling burn" from a distance is in fact a "raging torrent" with a 150-ft drop.
He added the walk provides outstanding views of Ben Vrackie, the 2,760 ft mountain towering above the village.
This time of year may be a good one to visit waterfalls because higher precipitation levels will add to their volume, while colder weather could produce the spectacle of a frozen wall of icicles.
For those wanting to climb a mountain, Ben Vrackie is one of several in the area.
Nearby peaks include the three Munros of the Bienn a' Ghlo ridge - Carn Liath, Braigh Coire Chruinn-bhalgain and Carn nan Gabhar - with these mountains included in the recent expansion of the Cairngorms National Park.