A record number of visitors flocked to Edinburgh Castle last month.
In August, 205,832 people went to the the landmark - the highest in a month since records began. The biggest number on a single day was August 8, with 8,232 visitors. The previous record was 8,128 on July 19. The castle has been shortlisted for the British Travel Awards best UK heritage attraction.
Culture Secretary Fiona Hyslop said the castle was a "global icon" that "continues to fascinate and attract people from all around the world".
She said: "The increase in visitor numbers is really encouraging and highlights the important role Scotland's history and heritage plays in Scotland's economy.
"No city in the world can compare with Edinburgh in August with the added attractions of the Festival, Fringe and Fireworks. However Edinburgh is a city with so much to offer in terms of cultural activity that it is an ideal year-round destination."
Nick Finnigan, executive manager of Edinburgh Castle, said: "I am delighted that we have had the best ever August in terms of visitor figures. Our aim is to continue to improve the visitor experience at the castle and continue to draw visitors from around the world."