Scotland in Pictures: The Munros

It is Sir Hugh Munro who we have to thank for inadvertently establishing the arduous weekend pastime of 'munro bagging'. In 1891 he published his 'Munro Tables', which identified all Scottish summits over 3,000 feet, and at the last count there were 283 of them. When the weather's fair, the views are spectacular, so we weren't surprised to receive so many great shots this week.

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Images of Scotland: Eilean Donan Castle

After leaving the Isle of Skye on a recent trip to Scotland, Michel Albrigo took this photo of the famous Eilean Donan Castle at sunrise.

Five great Scottish engineering feats

Scotland has a long and proud history of engineering iconic structures that have stood the test of time and been replicated around the world. Here we look at five of the country's great engineering feats.

Scotland in pictures: Our new weekly photo gallery

Scotland is a nation endowed with some of the most majestic scenery and striking landmarks in the world - in short, a photographer's paradise.

Images of Scotland: North Uist hills from Skye

Alastair Jackson took this photo of the sunset over the North Uist hills during an evening walk up to Waterstein Head on Skye.

Images of Scotland: Loch Ryan

Ranald Spicer took this photo from his house of the sunset over Loch Ryan, as the Stenna ferry arrived into Stranraer.

Images of Scotland: Blackdog beach

This arresting image of Blackdog beach – six miles north of Aberdeen – was taken by James Livingston after a heavy cloud burst.

Images of Scotland: Inverary

Stewart White took this photograph on Sunday from the Bell Tower (in the left hand side of the picture) at Inverary, shortly before the heavens opened.

In pictures: Forest guard attacked by leopard

An unidentified forest guard aims his rifle as he is attacked by a wild leopard at Prakash Nagar village near Salugara on the outskirts of Siliguri in India.

Images of Scotland: Sunset over Cullen Harbour

Fishermen at Cullen Harbour watch the sun going down over the headland in this photo by Ken Miller, with the Sutherland Hills visible in the background.

Photoblog: Close encounter of the crocodile kind

This remarkable image captures the moment a boatload of tourists came face to face with a 5.5 metre saltwater crocodile jumping for a meal of buffalo meat.

Images of Scotland: The Firth of Lorn

Bill Clark took this photograph while leaving Seil Island in the Firth of Lorn, with the hills of Mull in the background.

Images of Scotland: Poppies near Dunfermline

Alan Hill took this photograph of a vibrantly coloured field at Pattiesmuir near Dunfermline, where the crop of rapeseed has been taken over by poppies.

Hidden beauty of a few grains of sand

These remarkable close-up photographs reveal for the first time the incredible beauty of ordinary sand.

Images of Scotland: Luskentyre beach

This photograph of Luskentyre on Harris, taken by Charlie Lees from Polmont, proves that Scotland has some of the most beautiful beaches in the world.

Frankie eyes up the tiger

FRANKIE Sitam, a scientist from Malaysia, examines the rib of a tiger at Edinburgh Zoo, where local staff are working to train South-east Asian scientists in wildlife forensic techniques in a bid to combat poaching.

Images of Scotland: Dunnottar Castle

Graeme Murray took this photo of Dunnottar Castle, perched high on cliffs overlooking the North Sea in Aberdeenshire.

Images of Scotland: Newhaven Harbour

Dennis Connolly took this photo of the sun sinking behind Newhaven Harbour in Edinburgh.

Who knew wool grew on trees?

Jamie McCallum, five, from St Mary's Primary, enjoyed the sight of some colourful trees on Leith Links which have been decorated as part of the Leith Festival's Cool Wool arts project.

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