Final preparations are being made for the annual visit to Rothesay by members of the Beautiful Scotland judging panel.
Two judges will arrive in the town on the morning of Thursday, August 1, and householders and business owners around the town are being urged to do their bit by sprucing up their patch in time for the visit.
The judges’ tour begins at Rothesay pier at 11am and takes in Guildford Square, Montague Street, Bridgend Street, the West Church, the Chapelhill rockery, the Pavilion, Ladies’ Corner, the Esplanade fountain and gardens, the Isle of Bute Discovery Centre, the Grow Bute allotments at Columshill, Bute Produce at Ashfield, Rothesay Joint Campus and Ardencraig Gardens.
Along the way the judges will meet some of the people who are working to improve the environment of the town, including volunteers who have been clearing the West Church car park, representatives of Beachwatch Bute and the Royal British Legion Scotland, students and staff from Argyll College and local employees of Argyll and Bute Council.
Among the organisations which has pitched in with financial help is the Rothesay thrift shop For Bute, which has funded the purchase of ten half-barrels, formerly used for whisky, which are to be filled with flowers for display along Victoria Street in time for the event.
Rothesay is a former winner of the overall Beautiful Scotland crown, having received the organisation’s top award - the Rosebowl - in 2010.