Up to a hundred vintage tractors and other venerable vehicles are being prepared for a day at the seaside on Saturday when they visit Rothesay for Bute Vintage Club’s annual charity rally and road run.
The event has grown in popularity ever since the Bute Vintage Club was founded at the turn of the millennium, and lovingly-restored vintage machines from as far back as the 1930s are now brought to Rothesay from all over central and south-west Scotland for the day.
This year’s two chosen good causes are both local campaigns - the first is the bid to raise money for a community dialysis facility which would save kidney patients an often arduous journey to Greenock for treatment, and the second is the local branch of the MS Society, set up to help people with multiple sclerosis.
Participants and their tractors - and other vintage vehicles too! - will start to gather on the prom from 9.30am on Saturday, and the Bute Ceilidh Band will provide the soundtrack until the convoy is waved off in procession at 11.30am at the start of their round-the-island road run.
And the route they’ll follow is no regular route around Bute: from the promenade the convoy will head for Gallowgate towards Westlands Road before crossing countryside to the Gortans, returning to the main road at Lovely Cottage in Ardbeg and following the A844 from there to Ballianlay.
At Ballianlay the route takes participants past Ballycurrie farm and over the hill to Quogach, then past Scalpsie and over the moor from Birgidale to New Farm before a stop at Mount Stuart.
The tour leaves Mount Stuart at White Lodge, near Scoulag, then returns to New Farm, continuing over the moor to Lochend and back to Rothesay via Townhead and the High Street, eventually ending at the Isle of Bute Sailing Club, where passers-by will have another chance to view the meticulously-prepared machines at close quarters.