A woodland area of a historic north-east castle could be transformed into an adventure playpark.
Ambitious plans that would see a former play area brought back to life have been submitted for Crathes Castle, near Banchory.
The National Trust for Scotland (NTS), which runs the 16th Century site, has applied for planning permission to build a large three-tier timber tower.
The former play area near the lower car park at the site had to be removed due to being beyond repair.
Crathes is already home to the Go Ape treetop adventure course.
If approved, the site would have a new design including a timber tower, tree house, walkway, zip wire, sand pit, swings and a slide.
In planning documents sent to Aberdeenshire Council, NTS said: “The replacement play area is designed to provide adventurous play for the age group which currently falls between toddler play and the grown-up offering of Go Ape.
“It is hoped that by providing this unique facility to the Deeside area, the estate will attract more visitors, in particular those with older children who can then also enjoy the wider estate.”
The scheme, if approved, would include a walkway to the central level of the tower which would be wheelchair and buggy accessible.
James Henderson, the National Trust for Scotland’s operations manager for Aberdeenshire South, said: “This wonderful facility will bring the standard of play equipment up to a completely new standard in this area.
“It’s a fantastic gift for the people of Aberdeenshire and is in part due to the amazing generosity of one of our donors.
“It should be ready to welcome its first customers in the late summer and I can’t wait for that to happen.”
Members of the public can comment on plans until June 28 on the local authority’s website.