Those who love to put on their walking boots
and get away from it all may have been unimpressed by the sight of power lines in part of the Cairngorms National Park, but this is now starting to change.
Work has begin on a project jointly operated by Scottish Power and Scottish and Southern Energy to remove the towering metal pylons along 68 miles of the Beauly to Denny Line in the Highlands and Perth and Kinross regions.
Instead of the metal giants, lines will either be attached to much lower wooden poles or located underground.
Areas to benefit will include a 33-mile stretch in the north of the national park between Boat of Garten and Cairnmore, plus a 25-mile stretch south of Aviemore.
This latter section follows the line of the A9, a road that not only links Aviemore with central Scotland, but also offers access to a number of mountains, such as Geal Charn, The Fara, The Sow of Atholl, Carn na Caim and a'Bhuidenhach Beag.