Thousands of beer fans are to descend on a north-east seaside town for one of Scotland’s biggest drink festivals.
The Midsummer Beer Happening will offer people the choice of more than 120 beers from around the globe when it kicks off in Stonehaven on Thursday.
A purpose-built marquee in the town’s Baird Park will house the selection of drinks with street food vendors and musical entertainment also on offer.
Organiser Robert Lindsay said: “This is our fourth Happening and we intend to make it the best yet. This is one of the biggest beer festivals in Scotland.
“You won’t find the range of beers we are offering in one place anywhere else in Scotland this summer.
“We have carefully chosen the finest from across the UK, Europe and America.
“There will be some familiar offerings and some beers people won’t have had the chance to try before.
“We also have outstanding food, such as the Bay Fish and Chips, and some great music, including local folk hero Ray Moore.
“When you take in the setting, our fantastic marquee, you have all the ingredients for a magical weekend where lasting memories will be made.”
Running until Saturday, Robert, who is the founder of Six Degrees North brewery, said the Happening also has a fun twist lined up for the final day.
He said: “We’ve decided to make it Hawaiian Day at the Happening, so we want as many people as possible to turn up in Hawaiian shirts to give it a tropical touch.
“They bring the flowery shirts, we’ll provide the leis. Why? Hawaii not?”
The Happening will also stage a cycling sportive with more than 800 cyclists tackling one of three courses.
The 52-, 72- or 100-mile routes will take in the Mearns countryside.
Since starting as the Stonehaven Real Ale Festival in 2009 the event has raised £96,000 for good causes, with the sea cadets, swimming club and Alzheimer Scotland benefiting this year.