A fund has been set up to help repair footpath erosion in the Scottish Highlands.
The National Trust for Scotland has set up the Sole Trading fund to help carry out work on popular paths up mountains to prevent the damage levels becoming too severe.
It stated: "Imagine thousands of pairs of boots on our hillsides, combined with extreme weather - it's no surprise that footpaths become worn and rough, leading to increasingly visible scars on the mountain landscapes."
Those who like to don their walking boots
and head for the Highlands might wish to back the fund financially, which could bring benefits for themselves as better paths will be in place to climb the mountains on.
Popular peaks with large numbers of visitors may be the most affected, such as those in Scotland's two national parks.
Following the extension of the Cairngorms into Highland Perthshire this week, this extra attention could affect paths on Munros like Beinn Udlamainn, Sgairneach Mhor and Carn nan Gabhar.
Posted by Elaine Arthur