A historic boat has docked in Inverness after taking part in an international race.
Leader reached the Highland capital yesterday after spending several days crossing the North Sea from Aalborg in Denmark, where she took part in the international Tall Ships Race.
She will now spend three days at the Muirtown Basin before setting off on Friday for a seven-night voyage down the Caledonian Canal to the west coast, arriving in Oban on August 21.
First mate Stan Stanfield said they had an eventful Tall Ships Race, especially the first leg from Belfast to Alesund, Norway when the weather was so bad they had to retire, and put into Shetland for an unscheduled pit-stop.
The second leg to Kristiansand was very successful, and the third leg from Kristiansand to Aalborg, Denmark resulted in them winning a highly respectable finish.
Mr Stanfield said: “It was our best result by far 42nd out of 79. We also one two special awards – best crew on parade and and one for having the oldest boat.”
The 1892 Brixham trawler has circumnavigated the globe.
It is owned and operated by the Trinity Sailing Foundation, which provides sailing training for disadvantaged young people.
The charity also aims to conserve nationally important vessels.
At 105ft long, Leader was one of the largest of the Brixham trawlers.
She fished in UK waters until 1907 when she was sold to Swedish owners and operated on the Scandanavian west coast until 1970 when she became a sail training vessel for the Swedish Cruising Club.
From 1985, she was a holiday and charter boat on the west coast and in 1996 she returned to Devon and was operated from Dartmouth until 1999 when she joined the Trinity fleet.
A £250,000 restoration project included replacement of the decks. bulwarks and stanchions.
There is also accommodation for 12 guests and five crew, a large saloon, modern galley, toilets, showers and a generator.
Leader belongs to the National Historic Fleet, which includes ships such as HMS Victory and the Cutty Sark.
Trinity Sailing also owns and operates two other historic vessels. They are Provident, built in 1924, and Golden Vanity built in 1908.