The Highland Council have announced plans to purchase a new remote-controlled grass mower as part of maintenance works for Inverness.
The cutter will be used on the steep embankments on the north side of city centre castle and the banks of the River Ness.
Councillors approved purchase of the machinery at a cost of £40,000 together with a contribution of £20,000 from the Inverness Common Good Fund.
The introduction of the machine will enable the council to reduce their reliance on hiring sub-contractors and their specialist machinery.
Provost of Inverness and Area Councillor Helen Carmichael said: “Inverness Castle and the River Ness are key attractions that draw visitors to the City.
“It’s important that we ensure that these key amenity locations are maintained to a high standard. We all see tourists standing on Ness Bridge every day photographing the Castle and its north banks and the riverside.
“This is a small investment to ensure that global image portrayed around the world looks at its best.”