Two major international orienteering events held at the same time in the Highlands and Moray generated more than £7million for the north economy.
World Orienteering Championships
The opening races in the World Orienteering Championships took place in Forres and Nairn over the weekend.
Elite athletes from across the globe have navigated their way to the north-east of Scotland for the launch of one of this summer's most eagerly anticipated summer events.
The beautiful scenery of Inverness-shire and Moray will be seen around the globe when the World Orienteering Championships come to the region later this month.
The spirit of an upcoming outdoors festival has spread to Moray's schools, with pupils mapping out their own challenges in preparation for this summer's event.
An appeal has been issued for help to accommodate hundreds of volunteers helping out at a major athletics event this summer.
Hundreds of top athletes will take over Eden Court and Bught Park in Inverness this summer as a major international sporting event comes north.