NAIRN Beach celebrated the start of the summer season with a top award for the quality and exceptional experience it offers visitors.
It is the 21st year running that Nairn has won a Keep Scotland Beautiful Resort Seaside Award.
A number of important local figures, as well as school children from Arderseir Primary attended the flag raising ceremony.
Minister for Energy, Enterprise and Tourism, Fergus Ewing MSP announced the winners on Friday, which also included beaches at Portmahomack, Shandwick Bay and for the first time Loch Morlich Beach in the Cairngorm National Park.
Mr Ewing told the HN: "We can never do enough to promote Scotland's beaches and my job is to sell Scotland and promote Scotland as a great place to have your holidays. Our summer holidays are associated with our beaches and Nairn beach and many other beaches in the Highlands have being awarded the Keep Scotland Beautiful Seaside Award accolade."
Mr Ewing, who himself will be spending his summer holidays on the beaches of the Western Isles added: "The Keep Scotland Beautiful Awards themselves remind people about the beautiful beaches on their own doorstep. All round the country, we are not that far away from a beach."
The flag was raised by Nairn Provost Lawrie Fraser and Nairn Leisure manager Steven Clelland.
Mr Fraser said: "We are absolutely delighted with this, it's an outstanding award. This beach has being winning awards for over a hundred years, before these awards were even created. It's a wonderful asset, a wonderful place for events, for children and families to come to."