AN icon of Scottish culture has gone on display at Inverness Museum and Art Gallery on the first stop of a Scotland-wide tour.
The celebrated 19th century painting, The Monarch of the Glen by Sir Edwin Landseer, was acquired for the nation this year following a fundraising drive.
Instantly recognisable, it has come to symbolise the splendour of the Highlands and its wildlife. It was made in 1849-51 as part of a commission for the Houses of Parliament but was never displayed there.
It passed through private collections but was acquired for the nation by the National Galleries of Scotland as a part gift from Diageo Scotland, with contributions from a number of organisations.
It is now being toured around Scotland to acknowledge donors and to give more people a chance to see it.
It will be in Inverness until November 18 before moving on to Perth, Paisley and Kirkcudbright.
Ian Murray, chief executive of High Life Highland, said: "The Monarch of the Glen is an immediately recognisable image to people in Scotland and across the world and we are delighted that residents and visitors to the Highlands have a chance to see the painting during its time at Inverness Museum and Art Gallery."