They marched into the arena in their regalia with their eight-foot long pikes.
They are a treasured part of the north-east’s heritage.
More than 100 marchers followed in the footsteps of their ancestors yesterday as they paraded through rural Aberdeenshire to one of the region's biggest events.
A battalion of Highlanders will embark on a pilgrimage through Aberdeenshire this week as a historic march is brought back to life.
Saturday, August 23, heralds the 173rd Lonach Highland Gathering and Games, to be held in Bellabeg Park, Strathdon. The day begins with the procession of the Lonach Highlanders departing Bellabeg at 8am on their march along the glen, returning to the Lonach Hall for lunch at 11.30am.