Two iconic castles have welcomed visitors back for the first time since the coronarvirus lockdown.
Edinburgh Castle and Urquhart Castle, which are amongst the most visited sites managed by Historic Environment Scotland (HES), reopened with a number of new safety and hygiene measures on Saturday.
These included tickets having to be booked in advance and card payments only.
As well as reduced capacity on site, one way systems and access to small enclosed spaces where physical distancing is not possible has also been restricted.
Visitors are required to wear face coverings when entering the retail shops, in line with Scottish Government guidance.
In the capital, Alex Paterson, chief executive of HES and Mhairi Summers, castle guide, opened the doors for Edinburgh Castle following its longest period of closure since the Second World War.
Despite the measures, visitors enjoyed the outdoor spaces, stunning views of the city skyline, the magnificent Great Hall and the oldest Edinburgh building St Margaret’s Chapel.
Tourists also witnessed the firing of the famous One O’clock Gun and cafes are open to provide a takeaway offering.
While in the Highlands, visitors flocked back to Urquhart Castle on the shores of Loch Ness for the first time since lockdown.
People had a great time at the magnificent loch side location’s outdoor spaces and exploring part of Grant Tower a five-storey tower house built during the 1500s.
Chief executive of HIES Alex Paterson said the reopening of historic sites was an “important milestone” as the country continues its recovery from the pandemic.
Mr Paterson added: “It has taken a significant amount of planning to reach this point, and I’m very proud of the efforts of all of our staff who have been instrumental in making these sites ready to safely welcome visitors once again.
“I’d also like to thank visitors for their patience throughout this period of uncertainty, and offer reassurance that the safety and quality of their visitor experience has been at the forefront of our preparations.
“We’re also encouraging people across Scotland to visit historic sites in their local area and rediscover the rich history on their doorstep.”