A message in a bottle dropped into the sea by a young girl visiting a historic Moray village last year has washed ashore in Norway.
Ten-year-old Eva Sweenie placed the handwritten note inside the glass container in October when she was holidaying in Cullen with family.
The missive travelled more than 300 miles across the North Sea to reach the port of Askvoll on the west coast of the Scandinavian country.
It was scooped from the waves off a small island called Hindoy by seven-year-old Signe Rege, who has launched an effort to track down Eva so that she can write back to her.
Her family have reached out to the Cullen Bay Hotel to find out where the youngster was staying.
Owner Rena Watson said hotel staff had scoured their visitor books and confirmed that she was not a guest of theirs – but have volunteered to help Signe with her quest.
Mrs Watson added: “It would be such a lovely story if we were able to help get these two girls in touch with each other.
“The Norwegian girl is very excited about it, and really wants to write back to Eva.
“It’s nice to think that it’s travelled for six months, and has been collected by another little girl.”
Eva’s letter reads: “Hello, those who have found this letter in a bottle, my name is Eva Sweenie and I am 10 years old.
“I am on my holidays in Cullen, who knows where you are.
“It’s 2015 and October the 16th, and this is a beautiful day.
“That’s all I have to say apart from safe travels. Bye bye xx”
Anyone who might have any information on Eva Sweenie and her family is urged to contact the Cullen Bay Hotel on 01542 840432.