A walking path at a popular North-east beauty spot has been closed because of safety concerns after a landslip.
Aberdeenshire Council taped off the site, near Beach Road, at St Cyrus National Nature Reserve on Friday.
The authority was forced to take action after a rock fall blocked off the route, which is used by walkers, wildlife watchers and nature photographers.
The path has now been sealed off with a sign warning of falling rocks attached to the tape.
It is understood that plummeting temperatures, frost and heavy rainfall have combined to make the surface unsafe and susceptible to further landslips.
The nature reserve warned people to avoid the area and said it would assess the damage later today.
The Mearns attraction, where humpback whales have regularly been spotted in recent years, recorded a bumper year for tourists in 2017, with visitor numbers up 45%.