A family holiday took an unfortunate turn when their cruiser ran aground at the northern end of Loch Ness.
The Dangerfield family from Worcestershire had to be rescued by the Loch Ness RNLI lifeboat following the incident.
The family of four – and pet dog Alfie – were heading to Fort Augustus from Inverness when the hired holiday boat became beached on a shingle bank.
Members of the lifeboat rescue team told the family a guiding buoy may have moved in rough conditions.
The family – parents Paul and Marie and teenage daughters Tiffany and Paris – were helped ashore by the lifeboat team.
The crew attempted to dislodge the 32ft cruiser from the bank but after an hour and an half a larger vessel had to be summoned to move the family’s boat.
Mrs Dangerfield said: “It was a bit of an unusual thing to happen on a holiday but it all turned out well enough.
“Visibility wasn’t good and they say the buoy might have moved so all that contributed.
“The girls just thought it was a great adventure and our dog just took it in his stride.
“He’s a chorkie – a chihuahua, Yorkshire terrier cross – so he’s quite small but they managed to get a life jacket on him when they were taking us ashore.
“The guys from the lifeboat were all taking pictures because they hadn’t seen anything like it before.
“The lifeboat guys were wonderful with us and we’ve got to thank them for getting us back underway again.”
The cruiser did not suffer any damage in the incident on Tuesday evening and the family set off again yesterday morning.
They were on the return leg of their trip, having already journeyed along the Caledonian Canal to Inverness.
The lifeboat was called out at 6.40pm and returned to the station again at 10.20pm.