In Pictures: Northern Lights seen over Scotland

There have been spectacular displays of the Aurora Borealis - better known as the Northern Lights - across parts of the Scotland.

Readers from Stonehaven to Skye have been sending us pictures of the colourful phenomenon.

Aurora Borealis occurs when electrically-charged particles from the Sun enter the Earth's atmosphere.

Image copyright Marta Krakowiecka
Image caption Marta Krakowiecka took this dazzling shot of the Northern Lights in Clatto Park in Dundee
Image copyright Kate Cox
Image caption Kate Cox snapped the scene in Errol, Perthshire, at about 21:45 on Sunday
Image copyright Dave Johnston
Image caption Dave Johnston captured the view at Rattray Head near St Fergus in Aberdeenshire
Image copyright Michael Rennie
Image caption Michael Rennie took this spectacular shot of the lights over Dundee
Image copyright Rick Ellerman
Image caption Rick Ellerman took this picture of the Northern Lights "flickering away" behind the roof of Blairdaff Church near Kemnay
Image copyright Brian Doyle
Image caption Brian Doyle captured the kaleidoscope of colours over Stonehaven in Aberdeenshire
Image copyright Stuart Walker
Image caption Stuart Walker said he witnessed a "lovely show" from Milnathort near Kinross
Image copyright Charlie Simpson
Image caption River Forth from Bo'ness. Picture taken by Charlie Simpson
Image copyright Andrew Swarbrigg
Image caption Andrew Swarbrigg spotted the Aurora over the Drumblade area in Aberdeenshire
Image copyright Skye Cowshed
Image caption The sky over Uig in the Isle of Skye was illuminated a vivid green, as captured by The Cowshed bunkhouse
Image copyright Steven Thomson
Image caption The lights over St Andrews castle and cathedral. Taken by Steven Thomson
Image copyright John Thain
Image caption John Thain took this picture of the Aurora over Insch in Aberdeenshire
Image copyright James McGachie
Image caption James McGaghie, who lived in Aberdeen for four years, but is now in Edinburgh said he was "so happy" to finally witness such an amazing phenomenon
Image copyright Iain MacDiarmid
Image caption Iain MacDiarmid took this shot from a hill near Drumnadrochit looking north east towards the Black Isle
Image copyright Richard Bowlt
Image caption Aurora looking over Elgin. Taken by Richard Bowlt
Image copyright Alan Tough
Image caption Alan Tough took this picture near Elgin in Moray just after 20:00 GMT
Image copyright Gordon Mackie
Image caption "It was a beautiful and memorable sight," said Gordon Mackie who took this picture at John O'Groats on Sunday evening

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