An army cadet from Moray has described her “once in a lifetime trip” taking in the rugged coastal terrain used in hit TV series Game of Thrones.
Cadet sergeant Katie Forman is a part of the Elgin Detachment, 1st Battalion the Highlanders, and travelled to the
Ballykinler region of Northern Ireland to take part in a Duke of Edinburgh challenge.
The 16-year-old was delighted when she secured her gold award at the end of the week-long course, which means she can now mentor Moray youngsters taking part in the adventure initiative.
And she described a visit to the picturesque Cushendun Caves as one of the highlights of her “once in a lifetime” trip.
The caves, which were formed over a period of 400 million years, have become popular among Game of Thrones aficionados as they were used as the backdrop to a famous scene during the second series of the fantasy drama.
Katie was one of nearly 40 cadets from 25 countries who took part in the exercise.
The packed programme included sessions on teamwork and leadership skills, as well as lessons in how to manage Duke of Edinburgh courses.
There was also some “adventurous training” which brought attendees into the scenic countryside surrounding the camp.
Katie said: “I loved every minute of the trip, and have met some amazing people along with making amazing memories.
“I hope to be able to attend as a cadet instructor on the next course held.”
Colonel Ashley Fulford, who is chairman of the Army Cadet Force Association’s Duke of Edinburgh awards panel, praised the hard work of Katie and other cadets like her.
He said: “It was a great week with some really engaged cadets and young adults getting to grips with the award, while having some fun at the same time.”