Work to repair the main road into a north-east village is finally under way.
The access road to the coastal village of Crovie has been closed since September when a landslip caused the route to close.
Locals have been limited to entering and exiting their home by foot only.
Work began after three postponements on August 8 and is due to reopen to trafic in mid-November.
Geotechnical and rope access company Geo-Rope Ltd has now set up safety barriers and fencing have been installed with surveying completed and other material brought to the site.
Soil nailing has begun on the lower slope beneath the recorded movement along the road.
Four of these have been grouted at locations across the slope as a test, prior to the installation of the other 170 pins.
Once all nails are in place, mesh will be placed to restrict slope movement and stop further problems.
Road strengthening, regrading and resurfacing works will then be carried out with new water drainage systems.
In March it was agreed by Aberdeenshire Council’s infrastructure services committee the work would cost around £500,000 funded from the harbour, coast protection adn flooding capital budget.
Work on site it taking place from 8am to 6pm daily on a 12 day rotation with no work on site every second weekend.