Scotland

Picture perfect: Scotland's telephone boxes

Public payphones are set to become an even less familiar sight in Scotland as an estimated one third of the country's phone boxes have been earmarked for closure.

No calls were made from more than 700, of Scotland's 4,800 call boxes, last year.

BT has begun consulting on plans to close about 1,500 phone boxes around the UK.

The firm has said that payphone usage has declined, by more than 90% over the last decade, as the popularity of mobile phones has surged.

But as these readers' pictures show some telephone boxes across Scotland have been getting a new lease of life.

Send us your photos to scotlandpictures@bbc.co.uk or Instagram at #bbcscotlandpics

Illuminated phone box
Image caption An art installation in Edinburgh's Porty Light Box
Sheep in a phone box Image copyright Heather Hutchison
Image caption This phone box in Harris is well used. Photo by Heather Hutchison from Stirling
Flowers in a phone box Image copyright PAul Flatley
Image caption A much-loved phone box in Kirkton, near Balmerino. Paul Flatley thought it was nice to know someone in the village was taking care of the box
First aid point
Image caption The local community raised money to install a life-saving defibrillator in Comrie
Ivy growing on a phone box Image copyright PAula Martin
Image caption Paula Martin wondered if this red phone box in Lochaline, Morvern, would be adopted by the community
Phone box in a field Image copyright Kieran McKay
Image caption Kieran McKay spotted this field-based phone box on a drive from John O'Groats to Dunnet Head

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