A group dedicated to protecting a popular north-east beauty spot has visited Holyrood for the second time to push its campaign.
Save Bennachie went to the parliament previously to discuss the planned dualling of the A96.
Transport Scotland plans to upgrade the A96 Aberdeen to Inverness road to a dual carriageway by 2030, and one option would see the carriageway encroach on Bennachie, over the foot of the hill.
Group members met Aberdeenshire East MSP Gillian Martin and spoke to Cabinet Secretary for Transport, Infrastructure and Connectivity Michael Matheson on Wednesday.
Member Margaret Garden said: “We had an excellent discussion with the minister and we are grateful for his time.
“He took a close interest in the points we had to make about the environment, traffic management and the public amenity value of Bennachie.
“We emphasised while the road undoubtedly needs upgraded, there are better options which don’t impact on Bennachie.
“We want to protect this outstanding landscape for generations to come.
“Our grandchildren, and their grandchildren, will not forgive us if we allow it to be spoiled on our watch.”
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Ms Martin said: “I was pleased to meet with the Save Bennachie campaigners once again as they met with the cabinet secretary.
“The government is aware of the concerns about the proposed route and I’m sure they will take the points of the group on board.”
Mr Matheson said: “I was delighted to meet with members of the Save Bennachie Alliance at parliament and to hear their views.
“Meaningful engagement with communities and local groups like this forms an important part of the work that we undertake to develop our plans.
“Route options assessment work is ongoing for the dualling of the A96 between east of Huntly and Aberdeen, and we expect to consult with the public in the autumn on the initial route options being considered, with a view to identifying a preferred option for the route in 2019.”