A ferry service on the Cromarty Firth in the Scottish Highlands has been resumed using a new boat.
The new, larger vessel, which can carry four cars rather than just two, was specially built for the short crossing from Cromarty to Nigg.
The previous ferry last sailed during the summer months in 2009.
TV actress Penelope Keith, who has a home in the area and plans to open a tea room in the village of Avoch, launched the new Cromarty Queen.
The vessel is still one of the smallest of its kind in the country and retains the traditional style of a landing craft with a vehicle turntable.
Operator Tom Henderson said he hoped to build on the 13,000 passengers carried in 2009.
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