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In pictures: Striking shots from across Scotland this week

No filter needed for this loch sunset and other breathtaking images captured along the roadside.

Sunset shot: Loch Long lit up in gold.
Sunset shot: Loch Long lit up in gold. Caitlin Hapeta

Welcome to Scotland from the Roadside, a weekly gallery showcasing some of the best images from around the country taken by you.

From opportune moments shot on smartphones to breathtaking landscapes captured in high definition, each week we share a selection of interesting pictures taken by people on their travels around Scotland.

We have partnered up with the Scotland from the Roadside Facebook group, a popular destination for trading photos and stories, which has drawn in more than 100,000 members.

Each week, we ask the page's creators, Bruce Philip and Linda Curran, to select their favourite images shared on the page over the past seven days.

From breathtaking loch sunsets - no filter required - to a silvery moon over Stornoway harbour, take a look at this week's selection of shots.

Dolphins off the coast by Aileen Duncan‎

Bass Rock and a curious bottlenosed dolphin.
Bass Rock and a curious bottlenosed dolphin. Aileen Duncan‎

"The photo was taken on September 9 for a family birthday outing to celebrate my dad's 75th Birthday," says Aileen.

"When he was a child, he was very disappointed that his boat trip was cancelled and he always wanted to return.

"It was a great day and was a tick on his bucket list. The dolphins were the icing on the cake."

Silvery moon at Stornoway Harbour by Chris Murray

By the light of the silvery moon at Stornoway Harbour.
By the light of the silvery moon at Stornoway Harbour. Chris Murray‎

"What inspired me to take this shot was the soft lighting effect of the moon on the water and a bit of residual light from the town of Stornoway reflecting off the forest," says Chris.

"But also, it was the only place where this shot was possible. It involved a balancing act on the ridge above the shore and the framing effect of the tree finished it off.

"I live locally and with the continuous changing weather I get a variety of challenging photo shots."

Beautiful moody day by Izzy Christina

Unusual view of the rail bridge.
Unusual view of the rail bridge. Izzy Christina

"I was visiting the bridges although I stay in Livingston," says Christina.

"I'm an amateur and it was taken on my mobile phone. The composition and the light was different on that morning as to the other days I have been there to take photographs.

"I've had good feedback from friends and the amazing people on this page and other pages pushing me to pursue my new hobby."

Emojis in hay by Paul Glennie

Fun emoji hay bale creation spotted near Monikie all in aid of Children in Need.
Fun emoji hay bale creation spotted near Monikie all in aid of Children in Need. Paul Glennie

"The reason I took the photograph (other than photography being my hobby) was because I had been told that the hay bale creation had been made by Fleur Baxter in aid of Children in Need," says Paul.

"I thought than any extra publicity could only be a good thing. I live a short drive from Monikie, in Broughty Ferry, and had seen how good it looked and thought I'd love to get a photo."

No filter needed by Caitlin Hapeta

Sunset over Loch Long.
Sunset over Loch Long. Caitlin Hapeta

"I'm a Kiwi living in Scotland and I worked in the area for a little while and was always able to witness the most breathtaking sunsets," says Caitlin.

"This one began at about 3pm and finally set at about 4pm."

Flat calm at the Crinan Canal by John Dyer

Reflections on still water on the Crinan Canal.
Reflections on still water on the Crinan Canal. John Dyer

"I took the picture because I was so struck at how perfect the reflection of the white house was on Crinan Harbour," says John.

"My wife and I had walked along a fair portion of the Crinan Canal and I have to say that it's a hidden gem of a place to visit.

"Before the Crinan Canal was built, Crinan was apparently called Port Righ, which means King's Rest.

"Crinan is a small village in a region called Knapdale and looks out to the Sound of Jura, and it really is well worth a visit with or without a camera."

Just before the storm by Grant Jones

Hushinish, Isle of Harris.
Hushinish, Isle of Harris. Grant Jones‎

"I am a photographer who absolutely loves the Outer Hebrides and the wonderful light that is found there, particularly in the more stormy months," says Grant.

"The normally popular Hushinish beach was deserted on the afternoon I took this photograph, weather warnings were in place and ferry sailings were cancelled.

"I raced down to the beach to capture the last of the sunlight illuminating the lovely aqua-marine coloured water that was made all the more beautiful contrasted against the incoming black sky. Got there just in time."

He adds: "I stayed at Hushinish for the night in my campervan that felt more like being in a boat as the very high winds rocked it about.

"Certainly an adventure to remember when I look at this photograph."

Wee heilan coo by Alan Hunter

Having a moo-ment by the roadside.
Having a moo-ment by the roadside. Alan Hunter

"I was on holiday in Dornie with my wife and youngest daughter and had decided to visit Applecross that day," says Alan.

"As the weather up the Applecross pass was being typically Scottish, dreich, we decided to follow the Wester Ross coastal trail out of Applecross.

"Just before Cuaig we found these amazing animals and I just couldn't help but stop to get some snaps."

'Beware of Adders' by Hugh Waugh

Beware of the local residents.
Beware of the local residents. Hugh Waugh

"The photo was taken on a recent trip up north staying at Insch," says Hugh.

"On the way over to Crathie Church for a few shots I passed this sign on the Braemar Road.

"I had to double back to make sure I had read it right so I thought it would make a nice topical photo - plus the location of it on the moor was beautiful.

"Not the kind of sign seen very often in Glasgow or anywhere else for that matter. I'm always on the look out for quirky opportunities."

A wee bit windy by Bruce Flett

Waves roll in on Orkney.
Waves roll in on Orkney. Bruce Flett

"I took this image because I was out looking for stormy sea photos," says Bruce.

"This shot was taken from the shore overlooking the Emac test sight for renewables on the west side of Orkney."

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