Holyrood 2016: 21 of the best pictures from the campaign trail

As the Scottish party leaders frantically canvas for votes on the final day of campaigning, we look back at some of the best moments from the election build-up.

Ruth Davidson stands on the stern of the Sir Walter Scott Steamship as she met with staff and crew. Picture: Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images

From dog walking to pint pulling, politicians will try their hand at almost anything during election campaigns.


Scotland’s party leaders have travelled across the nation over the last few weeks in an effort to drum up support, providing no shortage of amusing photo opportunities along the way.

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Today the election campaign will come to a close and Scots will head to the polls tomorrow (5 May) to decide who will be the country’s next batch of MSPs.

Ruth Davidson stands on the stern of the Sir Walter Scott Steamship as she met with staff and crew. Picture: Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images

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We trawled through The Scotsman picture archive to find some of the most memorable photos from the 2016 election trail.


Ruth Davidson stands on the stern of the Sir Walter Scott Steamship as she met with staff and crew. Picture: Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images