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Belladrum festival cycle scheme offered

The Wombats' Matthew Murphy
Image caption The Wombats are among the headline acts at next month's festival

A social enterprise company is offering revellers the chance to cycle, rather than drive, to a music festival.

Velocity, a not-for-profit business, was set up in Inverness in 2011 by Penny Phillips and Laura Nicolson.

Their Velo-Bella Bus will involve groups of up to 16 at a time cycling together to and from next month's Belladrum festival, near Beauly.

The bike rides will start and finish in Inverness and involve a round trip of about 22 miles (35.4km).

Ms Phillips and Ms Nicolson, who won a Univerity of Highlands and Islands business competition earlier this year, plan to eventually open a cafe with a workshop in Inverness where cyclists can fix their bikes themselves or with expert help.

Belladrum takes place on 3 and 4 August. The festival has sold out for the fourth year running.

The acts appearing include Travis, The Wombats, Frightened Rabbit and Beverley Knight.

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