Those catching ferries from Belfast to Stranraer
to visit the Scottish countryside will be doing something many Scots are failing to do.
A survey by Scottish National Heritage (SNH) has found only 46 per cent of adults in the country visited the outdoors for recreation or leisure at least once a week last year, down from 48 per cent in 2010.
Of those who did, 74 per cent said walking was their favourite pastime.
Those crossing from Northern Ireland to Scotland might be interested in this activity as Scotland features 282 Munros - mountains over 3,000 ft - whereas the highest peak in Ulster is only 2,789 ft.
As well as all the mountains, walkers can enjoy long-distance trails, such as the West Highland Way, which stretches from 95 miles northwards from the town of Milngavie near Glasgow to Fort William, the town at the foot of Britain's highest mountain, Ben Nevis.
Posted by Mark Robinson