A guide to a trail featuring 19 of the North-east’s most dramatic castles has been published by VisitScotland.
The trail, which is the only one of its kind in Scotland, takes six days to complete and covers hundreds of miles in the North-east.
The first stop on the trail is Dunnottar Castle in Stonehaven, then Crathes Castle and Drum Castle in Drumoak.
Castle Fraser, Tolquhon Castle and Haddo House make up day two, with Fyvie Castle, Delgatie Castle and Kinnaird Head Castle covered on day three.
The fourth day of the trail takes “castle baggers” to Duff House and Huntly Castle, with Leith Hall, Kildrummy Castle and Corgarff Castle near Strathdon on the penultimate day of the trail.
The trek concludes with Braemar Castle, Balmoral Castle and Craigievar Castle.
Spynie Palace, and Balvenie Castle are suggested as additional stops along the trek.
A spokesman for VisitScotland said: “This is a handy guide to explore 19 magnificent sites ranging from crumbling medieval keeps, old cliff-top rises, romantic fortresses and regal mansion homes, to fairy-tale castles with their own green, grey or white ladies as resident ghosts.
“Some ooze with opulence while others will send shivers down your spine, but what they all have in common is that they tell the story of kings, alliances and vendettas, wars and families who have made Scotland. Whether you’re a history buff, architecture-lover or just love a fascinating story, you will have a great day out exploring Scotland’s Castle Trail.”