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In pictures: Striking images from across Scotland this week

Snowy scenes and misty lochs as Scotland prepares to welcome in a new year.

Snow dog: Louis out enjoying the winter weather.
Snow dog: Louis out enjoying the winter weather. Robert Long

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.

Bruce and Linda are having a well deserved break and we've taken over the reins to pick our top pictures as Scotland prepares to welcome in a brand new year.

Take a look at some of the incredible shots we've found from across the country.

Winter sun by Gav Crozier

Elgol on the Isle of Skye.
Elgol on the Isle of Skye. Gav Crozier

"This picture was taken on a visit down to Elgol on The Isle of Skye back in August," says Gav.

"I visit the Isle of Skye as often as I can as it's an amazing place. Stopping in a holiday let near Elgol meant I could wander down to one of my favourite locations for photography as the area and views take my breath away every time I visit.

"This photo was taken on an overcast day when you'd least expect there to be any kind of sunset, but knowing the area quite well, days like that often produce the best sunsets and I wasn't disappointed."

He adds: "I usually head a little further along the beach to try to capture more of the Cuillin mountains within the shot but as I was walking up to the slab of honeycomb shaped rock, a shaft of sunlight came from beneath the cloud lighting up the face of the rock in a golden light.

"I rushed to set up my camera gear to try and capture it before it disappeared.

"That's what I like about Elgol - there's so much opportunity to capture something special regardless of the weather conditions as it's such an awesome place!"

Milky Way under Moonlight by Michael Maher

Star chasers out on the Campsie Fells.
Star chasers out on the Campsie Fells. Michael Maher

"We are fortunate to live only a short drive from the Campsie Fells and on many previous spur of the moment trips up there we've gazed in awe at the heavens above.

"Being an amateur 'Milky Way chaser' I've watched the Milky Way countless times this year up there and as the year goes on it has moved more to the west just as darkness falls each night.

"West is best in this instance as there is far less light pollution in that direction, as south-facing would produce a washed out view due to the lights of Glasgow and the surrounding area.

"I was debating whether or not to even bother trying to take astro pictures last night due to the 50%+ moon, but the moon created some nice illumination on the snowy foreground."

Winter Wonderland by Gordon Doc Doherty

Ice river at Invermoriston.
Ice river at Invermoriston. Gordon Doc Doherty

"I was having a Xmas day out with my wife and we were planning to visit Glenfinnan to see the monument and the Viaduct made famous by featuring in the Harry Potter movie," says Gordon.

" We stopped at Invermoriston on the way which looked like a winter wonderland and I wanted to get some pictures from the bridge.

"It was around minus four degrees but very beautiful, especially as the sky had turned pink as the sun rose. This was my favourite picture of the day and I am so glad I stopped at Invermoriston."

Rest and Be Thankful by Del Sneddon

Dramatic views at the Rest and Be Thankful.
Dramatic views at the Rest and Be Thankful. Del Sneddon

"Every year, I try to travel up to Rest And Be Thankful on Boxing Day," says Del.

"I love the dramatic vista at this time of year and I usually park the car near the marker stone and walk up to the viewpoint a bit further up the road.

"The roads, cars and buses all look so small from that vantage point and I'm usually rewarded, weather permitting, with a joyous view.

"This year, I noticed that there were some spectacular cirrus clouds in the opposite direction so I turned my lens towards Loch Restil and took some snaps as they passed overhead and the lower clouds brushed the mountains. I could sit there all day."

Highland fling by Gary Bruce

Caught in the act.
Caught in the act. Gary Bruce

"The photo was taken at a Forestry Commission forest just outside Inverness," says Gary.

"The forestry commission were very helpful and gave me permission to set up my own wee hide in an area where there is a variety of wildlife including red squirrel and crested tit.

"The squirrels jump from the tree roots of a fallen tree onto a log where I place hazelnuts for them to take away and eat or stash away for another time."

Finnich Glen by Neil Pitchford

A waterfall glen.
A waterfall glen. Neil Pitchford

"I live (relatively) local to Finnich Glen (15 miles or so) and have visited several times before," says Neil.

"I wanted to shoot the Glen with fog and last Friday was such a day. I also thought vegetation dying back would reveal more of the falls and I was correct.

"I used waders to get to this point to take the image."

Snow dog by Robert Long

Louis loving the snow in Carluke.
Louis loving the snow in Carluke. Robert Long

"I was inspired to take the photo because as soon as Louis gets out in the snow he stands there for you to kick the snow at him," says Robert.

"I had always wanted to get a perfect shot of him in the air but had always been by myself before and had never been able to catch a perfect action shot.

"With someone else kicking the snow I was able to stand back and catch the perfect shot. I'm originally from the area but now work in Shetland and was just visiting home for Christmas."

Edinburgh frosting by Callum

Frosting on the hills above Edinburgh.
Frosting on the hills above Edinburgh. Shot Happens

"I'm an Edinburgh local," says Callum. "When on Boxing Day morning I'd seen that it had snowed overnight I resolved to get out later in the day with the camera, despite suffering from the excesses of the day before.

"I knew the spot on Arthur's Seat, having shot this view before. I knew it would look good with a dusting of snow.

"I got there just before sunset and grabbed the picture."

Irvine beach in winter by Graeme McCormack

Walking under moody skies.
Walking under moody skies. Graeme McCormack

"A good thing about being at Irvine beach in winter?" says Graeme.

" At least you can see the rain coming from miles away."

Sea cliffs in North Berwick by Derek Bell-Jack

High seas at North Berwick.
High seas at North Berwick. Derek Bell-Jack

"I went down to the sea cliff to shoot this sinkhole as the tide was coming back in," says Derek.

"I got there too early and had a longish wait but when it did start to come in it was racing, so I had to shoot shots rapidly as the sink hole fills up really quickly.

"I tried to catch the water filling the hole as it cascaded over the rocks."

Sunrise from Beinn Dubh by Stuart Waugh

Looking down on Loch Lomond.
Looking down on Loch Lomond. Stuart Waugh‎

"I live in Strathaven and I am studying photography at Cardonald College," says Stuart.

"I am easily inspired by Scottish scenery and love nothing more than to get out for a hike or look for something unusual to photograph.

"I decided to climb Beinn Dubh at Luss early in the morning and in time to watch the sunrise. Although it was very cold I manage to the summit and got some nice pictures, this being one of them."

Loch Leven by Scott Jessiman

Still waters at Loch Leven.
Still waters at Loch Leven. Scott Jessiman‎

"Popped to Loch Leven Last night just at the sun was setting into the horizon," says Scott.

"A great wee spot and well worth a visit."

Cruden Bay by Mike Shepherd

A touch of haar coming in off the sea.
A touch of haar coming in off the sea. Mike Shepherd

"This photo was taken at Cruden Bay beach in Aberdeenshire with a touch of haar coming in off the sea," says Mike.

"If it's OK, please include this poem."

We are the music-makers,

And we are the dreamers of dreams,

Wandering by lone sea-breakers

And sitting by desolate streams;

World losers and world forsakers,

On whom the pale moon gleams:

Yet, we are the movers and shakers

Of the world for ever, it seems.

- Ode  By Arthur O'Shaughnessy

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