MISS Scotland finalist Chelsie Allison says she remains proud of her achievement, despite being pipped to the title at the final hurdle.
The social work student, from Kirkhill, finished just a point behind winner Linzi McClelland at Friday’s showpiece event.
Chelsie (20), who was taking part in her first-ever pageant, said she loved the experience and now has her sights set on returning for another shot at the crown.
"I am very proud of how well I did," she said.
"There was only one point between myself and Linzi so that was quite frustrating, just because it was so close.
"I didn’t even think I would get as far as I did.
"It was the first pageant-type event I had ever done and I really enjoyed it.
"I thought it would be quite stressful but it wasn’t at all like that.
"You don’t really have any time to think about that, which is probably a good thing.
"As soon as the show started it was just go, go, go.
"The organisers have already asked me to go back again in the future and that’s something I’d be really keen to do.
"The top three girls get to go for a photoshoot with some of the sponsors. Even though I didn’t win there are still a lot of opportunities for me."
Competition organiser Janis Smith said: "The competition was just absolutely fantastic.
"We had 12 of the best finalists we have ever had and they raised more money than ever before for their chosen charities.
"Unfortunately there can only be one winner.
"Chelsie came a very close second and was very honourable and warm towards our winner Linzi.
"She said she will be back to give it another go in the future."
Each competitor in the Miss Scotland competition raises money for a charity in the run-up to the contest.
Chelsie chose Highland Hospice and raised more than £2000.