A walking charity is encouraging Scots to connect with nature. 

Paths for All have launched a six-week campaign to help people enjoy and appreciate the natural environment of their daily walks. 

The aim to get more people walking with nature comes after a report published by NatureScot2 found an increased proportion of the population reported health and wellbeing benefits from time spent outdoors connecting with nature during lockdown.

A total of 70 per cent indicated their outdoor visits and engagement with nature between August to September last year helped them to de-stress, relax and unwind.

Ian Findlay CBE, Chief Officer at Paths for All said: “All too often when people go out walking they are still attached to their phone and forget to take in the surroundings that we are graced with in Scotland.

“We hope this campaign will help people unwind and begin to enjoy the small and simple things in life, like spotting a wild animal, hearing a new noise or just generally feeling relaxed when out in the fresh air.”