Over 50 people turned out to celebrate the opening of a new trail at RSPB Loch of Strathbeg, near Crimond recently.
The new Summer Trail runs from the Loch of Strathbeg visitor centre to two viewpoints on the loch shore, which were previously only accessible by car.
Children from the Fraserburgh Wildlife Explorers group officially opened the path on Saturday, June 8.
Crimond Primary School pupils and birdwatchers from the Aberdeen RSPB Local Group were among the first to use the new Summer Trail.
Visitor Officer at Loch of Strathbeg, Diana Spencer, said: “Our visitors always say how nice it would be to leave the car behind for the day and explore all of our reserve on foot.
“Thanks to the generosity of the local landowner who has given us access to his fields, we can do just that.
“It’s a beautiful, peaceful walk with views across the loch and right out to the sea, so it’s great for anyone who wants to come for a Sunday afternoon stroll, as well for our visiting birdwatchers.”
The trail is approximately 3 miles long, including visiting both of the hides.
It will be open until August and will then close for the winter months.
The RSPB will be running guided walks along the new trail during the summer.
Check their website at www.rspb.org.uk/lochofstrathbeg for more details.
The RSPB Loch of Strathbeg Visitor Centre is open daily from 8am until dusk and entrance is free.