It was officially the first day of winter, the clocks had "fallen back" only a few hours earlier and a bright early morning sun was illuminating the vast mud flats of Aberlady Bay.
Travellers, as opposed to tourists, have a favourite saying.
So it's a dreich autumn day in rural Scotland. The rain's getting heavier, and the light's starting to close in.
Thursday to Sunday, various venues, Hamilton
Once upon a time you had to go to Germany to visit a Christmas market, but today, come December, no matter where you are in Scotland you are rarely more than a few miles from a glass of glühwein and a carved wooden tree decoration.
The blast of the emergency air horn silenced the night-time symphony of reed frogs.
David Walsh explains why Lyon's effortless elegance and phenomenal food make it the perfect getaway destination.
I was astonished by David Torrance's column in The Herald ("Fantasy has no place in the belief of ordinary voters", November 25).
I hope Dominic Frisby's Agenda article was not written with the malicious intent of justifying yet further reduction of state support for the impoverished and disadvantaged in our society ("Glasgow:
WITH my children of an age where we can now venture out for challenging stomps up proper hills, I became acutely aware my mountaineering skills were in need of a polish.
By Himalayan standards it will be the easiest of expeditions, our trek leader assures us as we pore over a tattered hiking map and ponder our route.
Open-water swimming, or swimming as our grandparents called it, is not a sport for the faint-hearted.
Leo Houlding: From The Amazon to Antarctica
Aberdeen and Edinburgh, tonight and tomorrow
I have always loved cycling and a mountain bike is my weapon of choice for tackling the potholes on Glasgow's mean streets.
Previously - Scotland's History Festival
Across Scotland, until November 30.
PETER May is not the first person to acknowledge that the wild, remote Hebrides can get under your skin.