A scenic Aberdeenshire valley will come alive to the tune of the fiddle this week as an annual celebration of music and food kicks off.
Royal Deeside will host the Food and Fiddle Fortnight starting tomorrow which brings local musicians, food producers and businesses together to showcase the best of the rural area.
The two-week celebration will host more than 60 events, including concerts, art exhibitions, farmer’s markets and food demonstrations.
Visitors will have the chance to explore forests, farmlands and moorlands aboard a Land Rover Safari organised by the Glen Tanar estate.
A walking tour will also take place on October 17 led by local historian Ian Murray, which includes traditional north-east music from Tarland fiddler, Paul Anderson.
Mr Anderson will also take part in the ‘Celebrating the Hairst’ concert with singer Shona Donaldson on Thursday, October 8 at Tarland’s MacRobert Hall.
Moira Gash, project coordinator at Visit Royal Deeside, said the next two weeks will showcase the best of the area’s “rich musical and culinary heritage”.
“As Royal Deeside becomes carpeted in its autumnal shades of gold, russet and ochre, the area really is a stunning place to visit,” she said.
“Our A-to-Z aims to highlight some of the more unusual and quirky activities and places to visit, while also reminding visitors about some of the iconic sites and attractions that the area has to offer.”
The festival will come to a close on Sunday, October 18 with a performance by the Rua Macmillan Duo at Banchory’s Woodend Barn.