A North-east hotel destroyed by a fire more than two years ago is looking to open at the start of next summer.
Owners of the Darroch Learg in Ballater, Nigel and Fiona Franks, are renovating the historic hotel after the massive fire.
The hotel was destroyed by a blaze in February 2015 which saw more than 60 firefighters tackle the flames.
Nigel said: “Work is coming on really well at the hotel but we aren’t entirely sure when it will be open as we are relying on the contractors to finish.
“The exterior of the hotel is all complete so we are just fitting out the inside.
“At the moment the bathrooms are being done, however there are still the bedrooms to do.
“We are nearly there but we want everything to be just right before we open.”
The hotel was built in 1888 as a country residence for the Rev Dr Alexander Ogilvie, headmaster of Robert Gordon’s College in Aberdeen.
Fire, as well as water damage, destroyed the vast majority of the historic building.
Soon after the blaze Nigel and Fiona pledged to restore it to its former glory and make some new additions.
Nigel added: “So far more than seven figures have been spent on restoring the hotel back to what it was like.
“A lot of the things will be the same, however we have installed double glazing and a lift to bring it up to the 21st Century.
“At the moment the restaurant is being done so hopefully that will be done soon. Getting the furniture in will be the next step.”
The couple, who live in Ballater, suffered another blow in 2015 when the restaurant they were renting in the Old Royal Station in the historic village also burned down in a fire.
It took 50 firefighters more than three hours to bring the blaze under control.
But the fire destroyed around 90% of the building.
Work is currently ongoing to restore the station as well.
Nigel said: “It was a double blow for us in 2015 but we are slowly getting back on track.
“Running a hotel is very hectic so it has been nice to get some time to relax and recharge the batteries.
“We are hoping to move back into the hotel by the end of the year but we hope to have it opened for guests by summer next year.”