The average price of a house in Scotland has risen by 4%, official statistics show.
New figures from the Registers of Scotland (RoS) reveal the average price of a property was £141,142 in May, up from £135,678 in the same month last year and an increase of 2.8 per cent when compared to April.
The Scottish figure compares to a UK-wide average of £211,230, a rise of 8.1 per cent.
Average year-on-year house prices in May fell most in Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire, with falls of 9.2 per cent (to £176,394) and 5 per cent (to £191,476) respectively.
One of the biggest increases was in East Renfrewshire, where the average price rose by 7 per cent to £201,282.
The average price paid by first-time buyers in May was £115,428, an increase of 4 per cent on the previous year, while new-build prices were up 12.25 per cent to £200,554.
The latest figures available for the volume of residential sales in Scotland show there was a 45.4 per cent rise year-on-year, to 11,017, in March.
RoS said a new levy for second homes and buy-to-let properties under the Land and Buildings Transaction Tax, which came into effect on April 1, was likely to have contributed to the increase.