An estate in Moray is offering local fruit growers willing to share the gifts of their orchards a chance to get their hands on free booze.
Gordon Castle in Fochabers has launched a campaign to source more apples and pears from within the region to make its two-fruit cider.
A free bottle of the finished product is being offered in exchange for anyone who delivers 7kg of fruit.
Angus Gordon Lennox, of Gordon Castle, encouraged anybody with spare apples or pears from their gardens, or those with large orchards that have surplus fruit, to bring them to the castle shop over the next fortnight.
He said he hoped that if more local produce could be used for the drinks, it could help put the north-east on the map as a cider producer.
“Our apple and pear cider is one of our bestsellers and we need more apples and pears to keep up with the demand, which is a fortunate position to be in,” he said.
“Everything we make here at Gordon Castle Scotland is created using ingredients either from our own walled garden or the local area, so using locally grown fruit from across the north-east in our cider means we are staying true to that provenance.
“The north-east of Scotland is not known for its cider, perhaps we can change that.”
Willing fruit-pickers are also being sought to help with the harvest of the walled garden.
The eight-acre plot is home to 249 espalier fruit trees — some of which have been at the castle for hundreds of years.