A Royal Navy bomb disposal team was dispatched this afternoon to conduct a controlled explosion near Inverness.
Suspected explosive ordnance was found in Milton of Culloden around 12noon with coastguard teams tasked to attend.
Inverness and Nairn coastguard teams reported the ordnance to the Navy explosive ordnance disposal (EOD) team based at Faslane.
A cordon was set up in the area, close to the shoreline and just off the A96 Inverness to Aberdeen road.
A coastguard spokesman said a controlled explosion was carried out around 7pm, with coastguard teams standing down shortly after.
A MOD spokeswoman said: “We can confirm that Royal Navy bomb disposal experts from HMNB Clyde-based Northern Diving Group deployed to Inverness yesterday to investigate a suspected item of ordnance which was discovered on Monday April 19.
“The item was found to be a historic two-inch mortar and the team carried out a controlled explosion to make the item safe.”