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Your pictures of Scotland: 9 to 16 March

A selection of your pictures of Scotland sent in between 9 and 16 March. Send your photos to scotlandpictures@bbc.co.uk or via Instagram at #bbcscotlandpics

Sunrise in Nairn Image copyright Jackie Clark
Image caption It was a beautiful morning in Nairn, says Jackie Clark when she photographed the sun rising over the beach.
The ‘Selkie’ leaves Burghead Harbour Image copyright Tom McPherson
Image caption The Selkie is leaving Burghead harbour in this photograph, by Tom McPherson of nearby Hopeman.
Boy and puppy enjoying a run on the beach at St Andrews. Image copyright Claire Jamieson
Image caption Lewis and puppy Henry look like they're enjoying their race along the beach at St Andrews. The picture was taken by Lewis' mum, Claire Jamieson.
Taken from the West end of Loch Glascarnoch (on the A835 Ullapool Road) looking towards 'Beinn Dearg' and the surrounding hills. Image copyright Jim Macdonald
Image caption There's a wintry feel to Jim Macdonald's photograph, taken from the west end of Loch Glascarnoch, looking towards Beinn Dearg and the surrounding hills.
Otter swimming in river Image copyright Paul A Carpenter
Image caption Paul Carpenter spotted this otter in the River Lossie as he walked along a path in the centre of Elgin. "It swam straight towards me from the opposite bank," he said.
Early spring lambs at Melbost Borve Isle of Lewis Image copyright Derek MacLeod
Image caption An early sign of spring? Derek MacLeod sent us this picture of his lambs from Melbost Borve on the Isle of Lewis.
Spring irises at Threave Gardens in southern Scotland. Image copyright Susan Hughes
Image caption Another welcome sign of the changing season is this collection of irises, spotted at Threave Gardens, near Castle Douglas, by Susan Hughes, from Berwick-upon-Tweed.
Daffodils at Dunskey Castle near Portpatrick. Image copyright David Millar
Image caption There are even daffodils blooming near Dunskey Castle, by Portpatrick. David Millar took this picture during a cliff-top walk, south of the village.
Toad at Whitelee wind farm Image copyright Scott Torbett
Image caption Laird and Ellis Torbett were out for a Mother's Day walk when they spotted this toad having a bath at Whitelee wind farm.
Swimmers at Gairloch as part of a protest against plans to downgrade a sewage systems. Image copyright Julia Alexander
Image caption Brr! Julia Alexander spotted these hardy souls happily swimming in the sea off Gairloch beach during a protest over a sewage system.
Red squirrel looks into a camera lens in the Cairngorms Image copyright Michael Yuille
Image caption Say cheese! Michael Yuille took this great picture while he was in the Cairngorms photographing a group of red squirrels.
Loch turret reservoir Crieff Perthshire Image copyright Alexander Wyllie
Image caption Alexander Wyllie took this striking landscape photograph of Loch Turret reservoir, near Crieff, on Sunday.
Skye, Nan and Torra having a race during a walk in Leanachan Forest near Spean Bridge. Image copyright Rae McKenzie
Image caption Rae McKenzie snapped Skye, Nan and Torra racing through Leanachan Forest near Spean Bridge.
Patterdale terrier looking out over Collochan Loch near Dumfries. Image copyright Richard Toulson
Image caption Enjoying the views of Collochan Loch, near Dumfries, is Meg, Richard Toulson's 14-year-old Patterdale terrier.
Cat yawning Image copyright David Boyle, Rosyth
Image caption Marley the cat is enjoying a good stretch in this photograph by David Boyle, of Rosyth.
Ski touring through the clouds at Ben Lawers Image copyright Andrew Nicoll
Image caption Andrew Nicoll has been ski touring through the clouds at Ben Lawers this week.
Elliot, three, on his sledge. Image copyright Philip Milne
Image caption Three-year-old Elliot got his first taste of sledging in Reid Park in Forfar - and it certainly looks like he had fun.
Highland cow Image copyright Edward Ross
Image caption Edward Ross has a theory about this Highland cow he spotted near St Andrews at the weekend. "I think she may be expecting!" he said.
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Dunollie Castle, just outside Oban. Image copyright NT Edington
Image caption "Scotland's night sky has got to be one of the best views in the world," says NT Edington, who took this picture of Dunollie Castle, near Oban.
arches of Loch Nan Uamh viaduct Image copyright Joan Mackintosh
Image caption The gorgeous evening light was captured in the arches of Loch Nan Uamh viaduct on The Road to the Isles by Joan Mackintosh.
Fred the pheasant Image copyright Alyson Wilson
Image caption Fred the pheasant is a regular visitor to Alyson Wilson's garden in North Connell looking for food.
Lochearn Image copyright Sally Crofts
Image caption "An absolutely cracking day" is how Sally Crofts described her visit to Lochearn last Tuesday where she captured this stunning shot.
Tobermory Image copyright Alexander McCallum
Image caption Alexander McCallum shot Tobermory in all its glory.
Cormorants at Linlithgow Image copyright Valerie Pegler
Image caption Spot the birdies: Valerie Pegler found these Cormorants blending into a log at Linlithgow.
Glasgow Science Centre Image copyright David Rennie
Image caption Glasgow's Science Centre under an atmospheric sky snapped by David Rennie

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