Visitors coming to Scotland on ferries from Larne to Troon
may enjoy a trip to the Highlands and Ben Lawers is among the more popular mountains.
It is the tenth highest in Scotland at 3,982 ft yet can be climbed easily from the visitor centre by a high road running across its western flank, but the building constructed there in the 1970s has been widely regarded as an ugly intrusion on the landscape.
As a result, the National Trust for Scotland (NTS) has now demolished it and replaced the building with restored moorland dotted with stone sculptures.
The car park has also been moved to a new site where it is less visible and partly hidden by trees.
NTS property manager for the reserve Helen Coe remarked: "We hope these new facilities will enable the trust to meet its key aims of encouraging everyone to explore their natural heritage, while ensuring that we protect Scotland's landscape for future generations."
The peak is the highest of seven mountains over 3,000 ft - known as Munros - on the ridge, with others including Meall a' Coire Leith and Beinn Ghlas.
Posted by Mark Robinson