As traditional a Christmas ritual as turkey and stuffing, is the groan of the after effects on Boxing Day. Fortunately the Highland landscape has amazing restorative powers and so we present you here with a suggestion from each of our areas for a gentle walk to re-energise you. These are not epic adventures, just ideas for a stroll to get you out of the house, clear the head and burn off some of these turkey calories.
The coming of winter means different things to different people. For some it’s Brussels sprouts, garish Christmas jumpers and office party misbehaviour, but for me it is the opportunity to sample my favourite festive indulgence – a hot toddy by the fire. Time and place are essential elements in this recipe. For me this is comfy armchair beside a well stoked peat fire in my parents’ house in the islands. Dark has fallen, dinner is not yet ready but I have earned this winter warmer by virtue of being outside in the snow all day.
A lot of climbers in Scotland have a ritual; when the first snows dust the mountain tops and thoughts turn from rock climbing to ice climbing, then the ice axes and crampons are unpacked from storage, sharpened and made ready for the coming season. For me it is this weekend. Rain has meant crags are largely unclimbable and the first indoor competition of the season at the Ice Factor is looming, so it is time for the mental shift from one season to another.