Visitors catching ferries from Larne to Troon
may explore all kinds of things in Scotland, but a visit to one of its two national parks may be high on the list.
For families visiting the Cairngorms, a trip could be an even more attractive proposition after the national park authority agreed to a lengthening of the Strathspey Steam Railway.
It will extend 100 metres eastward from its current northern end at Broomhill to a point where it would cross the River Dulnain.
Part of an old line from Aviemore to Grantown-on-Spey, the whole of the former route could be re-opened in time, with the Strathspey Railway Company keen to do so.
The attraction, which can be joined at Aviemore's mainline station that links to Glasgow, is not the only feature of the area rail enthusiasts may enjoy.
Cairn Gorm Mountain has its own railway to the top, which is the highest in Britain as it reaches the top station at 3,600 ft above sea level, 105 ft higher than the top station on Snowdon in Wales.