Flood alerts remain across Scotland

Flooding in Stornoway Image copyright Police Scotland
Image caption There was some flooding along the seafront in Stornoway early on Saturday

Flood alerts remain in place across Scotland after high tides and strong winds caused problems in the Western Isles on Saturday.

Western Isles Police said North Beach Street in Stornoway and parts of Benbecula were affected.

Fire crews also had to pump water from properties in Isle of Whithorn, Kirkcudbright and Kingholm Quay.

Scottish Environment Protection Agency flood alerts have been issued for all areas of the country.

The flooding in the Western Isles affected Kenneth Street and North Beach Street in Stornoway on the Isle of Lewis, as well as at Bayhead.

Environment Minister Paul Wheelhouse said: "Local agencies are working to support those affected by the flooding in the Western Isles and the public should continue to heed flood warnings, with coastal areas at high tide requiring particular care."

On Benbecula there was flooding at Stinky Bay, with police warning of seaweed on the road.

Police Scotland said all roads had cleared by mid-morning on Saturday.

In the Highlands, officers warned "sightseers" visiting the shore area were placing themselves at "significant risk".

Image copyright Ardrossan Coastguard
Image caption The Coastguard in Ardrossan advised against visiting exposed coastal areas

A spokesman said: "High seas and rising water can be very unpredictable.

"The public have been asked to please consider not only their own safety but also that of the emergency services in what could end up as a potentially life threatening situation."

High tides and very strong winds have seen large waves crashing on to some coastal roads.

In Ardrossan, the Coastguard reported large waves and extremely hazardous conditions along the promenade at the peak of high tide.