Thousands of pairs of walking boots
make their way up Ben Lawers each year, but many might have felt in the past that their ascent of Scotland's tenth highest mountain was blighted somewhat by its visitor centre.
The National Trust for Scotland (NTS) has now completed work to remove what some considered an eyesore, opening new visitior facilities for the Ben Lawers National Nature Reserve this week.
New scuptures have been placed on restored moorland where the now-demolished 1970s visitor centre building stood.
In addition to this, the car park has been moved to a new location that is less visually intrusive, being partially hidden by trees.
NTS property manager for the reserve Helen Coe said: "We hope these new facilities will enable the trust to meet its key aims of encouraging everyone to explore their natural heritage, while ensuring that we protect Scotland’s landscape for future generations."
The 3,982 ft mountain is one of seven Munros in the range, with others including Meall Greigh, Meall Garbh and An Stuc.