A project to promote facilities for mountain bikers in the Dumfries and Galloway area has been given a major financial boost.
Tourism body Visit Scotland has donated £19,400 from its Active Growth Fund to Dumfries and Galloway Chamber of Commerce's Mountain Bike
Business Network to help them develop promotional activity, the Dumfries and Galloway Standard reports.
It could help with further development of facilities in the area as increasing finance comes in from growing numbers of riders, who may come to the region to discover what it has to offer.
Chamber of Commerce spokesman Gordon Mann said: "We have worked closely with businesses in the region since 2007 and we are well on the way to achieving our aim of making Dumfries and Galloway the country's number one mountain biking destination."
The network consists of 70 businesses in the region and seeks to promote the mountain biking courses at 7stanes and Drumlanrig.
Its statistics noted 7stanes had 400,000 visitors in 2007, a 130 per cent increase on the number it had three years earlier.