Fishermen have been ordered to remove their boats from a historic Aberdeen harbour, following a long-running legal dispute.
For the past four years fishermen have been embroiled in a turf war with landowner Pralhad Kolhe over a section of land where they store their fishing boats at Cove harbour.
The fishermen claim that having the land open to park their boats is essential for their work and that visitors and tourists also use it.
But Sheriff Andrew Miller has told the fishermen to remove their boats, along with their other goods and equipment from the land by the end of the month.
In his judgment, he said the vessels occupied Mr Kolhe’s land “without any right or title to do so”.
But he did take the view there is a pedestrian and vehicular right of access on to the pier and a right to park on the pier.
Sheriff Miller also said pedestrians are entitled to access the foreshore but not to drive on to the foreshore.
Fishermen Jim Adam branded the decision to remove the boats a “travesty” but said “some good” had come out of the dispute by gaining access for recreational groups to use the pier after it was blocked off with giant boulders.
He added: “There’s been boats there for centuries and there’s an extensive fishing history.
“The problem is there hasn’t been any mediation with Mr Kolhe, he won’t talk. He didn’t attend the hearing at all.”
Mr Adam said the fishermen faced a “bit of a dilemma” in removing their vehicles.
He said: “We need to get some lifting equipment in there but he’s got all these boulders in place.
“He doesn’t own all the land, there’s a narrow strip of land which he doesn’t own. There are boats there already but we can maybe squeeze a couple of boats there.”
The sheriff has indicated the boulder obstructing the pier should be removed.
However, Mr Kolhe is entitled to keep boulders or other obstructions along the verges of the private road to prevent cars parking on his land.
Sheriff Miller’s judgment said it appears boats have been kept on the land by fishermen “extending throughout and beyond living memory” until the present day and had been “generally a matter of informal local practice”.
A letter issued to the fishermen from the landowner in 2014 said he wished to improve the land for “amenity use”.
Mr Kolhe could not be reached for comment.