A north-east woodland has been given a touch of magic with the arrival of fairy and elf doors.
Colourful miniature entrances have sprung up around Dunnottar Woods in Stonehaven, with the hope of raising awareness of the history of the area.
The trail, which takes around 20 minutes to complete, starts at the attraction’s middle car park.
Louise Doherty, secretary of the Dunnottar Woodland Management Trust, was inspired by the influx of mythical creatures at Cruden Bay last year.
The mum-of-two said: “I had seen the success of the fairy houses and doors in Cruden Bay Woods and I thought it would be a great addition to Dunnottar’s woodland.
“It took a while because of course we had to ask permission from the Scottish Forestry Commission but they were delighted with the addition. In order to preserve the trees in our woodland, we were advised to install the doors into tree stumps but I think it still looks really effective.
“It’s hard to tell how popular the trail has been so far, as there is no measure for footfall, but online particularly the response has been all positive.”
Louise, mum to six-year-old Jessica and three-year-old Chloe, was keen for the project to appeal to both young boys and girls.
She said: “I wanted it to appeal to everyone and so we have been explaining to children that the fairies and elves live together in the woods.
“I have always taken my children for walks and I am passionate about spending time with them outdoors.
“We are so lucky to have this amazing countryside on our doorstep.”
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As well as encouraging more children into the great outdoors, Louise hopes the back story will inspire people to look at Dunnottar’s history.
She said: “We have put up a sign at the start of the trail weaving the story of the fairies and elves with Dunnottar’s Kennedy family history.
“Our story goes that the 10 children in the Kennedy family, who once owned the woods, met the Fairy Queen and they had adventures together.
“The Kennedy family took such good care of the elves and fairies, that even after the family left, the mythical creatures returned to spread their magic for the local children.
“I hope this will be an inspiration for my children and perhaps their legacy.”
The Dunnottar Woodland Park management committee, which bought the doors from a specialist company in London, has urged visitors to the trail to be gentle when knocking on the doors, and encourages dog walkers to supervise their pets around the delicate features.
Neil Taylor, a member of the Forest Enterprise Scotland team in the area, said: “These are great little additions to the woodland that really captivate imaginations – young and old.
“They help make young people look really closely at their surroundings and that’s a great way to start getting them to notice other things about a woodland, too.
“And who knows – maybe during your next walk in the woods, one of them might open and reveal a surprise resident.”