Fire illuminated the Edinburgh sky as thousands of people gathered to watch a modern take on an ancient Gaelic festival.
The Beltane Fire festival on Edinburgh’s Calton Hill is held to mark the start of summer each year with theatre displays, dance and acrobatics.
Starting as darkness fell over the capital, a fire procession wound its way up the hill, stopping at set locations where different groups performed.
The festival is focused on two central figures, the May Queen and the Green Man, who led the procession to a massive bonfire which is lit to welcome what participants see as the first morning of summer.
Organised by the Beltane Fire Society, the modern festival started in 1988 as a community event which has grown each year as more acts join the line-up.
The ancient Beltane was historically held on the mid point between the spring equinox and summer solstice and fire was used to encourage crops to grow and cattle to produce during the summer.