A rambling organisation is trying to get more young people outdoors by launching a new awards scheme.
Anyone aged 18 to 26 can apply for the programme, which offers young adults a free introduction to the outdoors, from today.
Ramblers Scotland, which has set up the Out There Awards, said a lack of walking partners and knowledge of where to walk was preventing young people getting out and about.
The awards are open to budding ramblers in Aberdeen, Tayside, Edinburgh and Glasgow.
As well as learning about basic navigation, hill safety and route planning, participants will get a chance to attempt a group walk on well-known hills such as Ben Lomond, Tinto Hill and The Cairnwell.
Ramblers Scotland director Jess Dolan said: “We’re excited to launch the Out There Awards to help break down the barriers that stop more young people from enjoying the benefits of Scotland’s amazing outdoors.”
The Scottish Government’s Active Scotland division has helped fund the Out There Awards, which will consist of three training days focusing on either walking, volunteering or outdoor skills.
Minister for public health, sport and wellbeing, Joe FitzPatrick, said: “The Scottish Government is delighted to support this scheme, which will provide young adults with new skills and the confidence to make the most of the great outdoor spaces we have on our doorstep in Scotland.
“Being active outdoors is not only valuable for physical health, it also contributes to an improved sense of wellbeing, and I hope all the participants enjoy this experience.”
Everyone who completes all three elements will earn an Out There Award certificate, a neck warmer, and one year of Ramblers membership.
To apply, people can visit ramblers.org.uk/OutThereAward.