Your pictures of Scotland: 5 - 12 October

A selection of your pictures of Scotland sent in between 5 October - 12 October. Send your photos to or via Instagram at #bbcscotlandpics.

Sunrise in harbour Image copyright Andrew Saunders
Image caption Andrew Saunders took this picture at Holy Loch Marina in Dunoon, on Sunday, entitling it "Before the storm".
Rainbow over harbour Image copyright Katie Aitken
Image caption Katie Aitken captured this rainbow over Mallaig harbour on Saturday evening before the rain set in.
Scott's view Image copyright John Pow
Image caption John Pow nipped up to Scott's view in Melrose after watching the rugby on Saturday afternoon. He said: "This rather stunning sunset cheered me up after my son's team Stirling County were beaten by Melrose."
Green butterfly Image copyright Kayla Gillan
Image caption Kayla Gillan, from Greenock, took this photo at the butterfly experience in the botanical gardens at St Andrews. She said: "This butterfly really stood out to me even if camouflaged in the leaves."
Squirrel Image copyright Mark Baker
Image caption Mark Baker was walking home from work when he snapped this little squirrel. "It was so engrossed in whatever it was nibbling on that it really didn't mind me getting close to take this shot," he said.
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Sunflowers and church Image copyright Peter Beattie
Image caption Autumn sunflowers at Boarhills church, taken by Peter Beattie.
Child behind held up to kelpie Image copyright Gaz Wylie
Image caption Gareth Wylie sent in this image which features his son Struan celebrating his second birthday at the Kelpies.
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Stags against sunrise Image copyright Stuart King
Image caption Stuart King took this dramatic image in the Harris hills during his daily commute from Kyles Scalpay on the Isle of Harris to work in Stornoway on the Isle of Lewis.
Glen Rosa Image copyright Janet MacLeod
Image caption Janet MacLeod from Oban was walking in the autumn sunshine in Glen Rosa on Arran but said she was almost blown off her feet.
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Ladybirds Image copyright Brian Dewar
Image caption These ladybirds at Lochleven were snapped by Brian Dewar, from Kinross.
Reflection of Lauriston Castle Image copyright Sophie Blanchard
Image caption Lauriston Castle in Edinburgh, reflected in a crystal ball. Taken by Sophie Blanchard.
Girl dressed as Highland cow Image copyright Johanna Gericke
Image caption Johanna Gericke's daughter on her way to an animal-themed fancy dress party. Johanna said: "The Highland cows seem bemused by her impersonation of them."
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Girl on beach Image copyright Lynn Cadger
Image caption Lynn Cadger took this photo of her daughter Kirsty while visiting Rosamol beach on Harris.
Rannoch Moor Image copyright Bryon Tilly
Image caption Bryon Tilly from Stirling said "the stillness of this quiet stretch of water reflected the glories of the surrounding hills and trees on a wonderful crisp clear morning on Rannoch Moor".
Kessock Bridge Image copyright Gordon Bain
Image caption Before sunrise at the Kessock Bridge. Taken by Gordon Bain.
Cottage surrounded by flowers Image copyright John Lang
Image caption John Lang, from Bridge of Weir, was very impressed by all the flowers in bloom at this Luss cottage in mid-October.
River Tay Image copyright Marian Coburn
Image caption Marian Coburn liked the calm reflections on the River Tay in Perth.
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Cow on Ben Lomond Image copyright Paul McQuade
Image caption Roddy McQuade and his dad Paul climbed Ben Lomond and were taking advantage of the fine weather when they were given the once-over by one of the locals.
Artist sketching castle Image copyright Harshad Joshi
Image caption Harshad Joshi captured this artist sketching Kilchurn Castle in Argyll and Bute.
Loch Tummel Image copyright Scott Beattie
Image caption Scott Beattie, from Glasgow, spent a "beautiful autumn afternoon" around Loch Tummel.
Shinty players Image copyright Jim McNair
Image caption Jim McNair got all the action at a shinty match between Kinlochshiel and Glenurquhart.
Car in water Image copyright Rick Campbell
Image caption Rick Campbell and friends were coming back from a fishing trip at Traigh, near Arisaig, watching the sun set over Eigg and Rhum.
House made of Image copyright John Mullholland
Image caption John Mullholland came across this little hut, aptly named The Scallop Shack, selling hand-dived scallops at Uig Pier on the Isle of Lewis.
Boy at river Image copyright Kevin McVitie
Image caption Kevin McVitie, from Edinburgh, took this picture of his nephew Ollie on the River Tilt in Blair Atholl while they were camping.
Sunrise in Edinburgh Image copyright Colin Riach
Image caption The sunrise from the Edinburgh Dog and Cat Home. Colin Riach said the weather for the rest of the day was awful.
Red squirrel Image copyright Sam Wain
Image caption Sam Wain, from Balloch, snapped this red squirrel in at Benmore botanical gardens in Argyll and Bute.
Marina and Miles Turner Image copyright Drummond Gardens
Image caption Marina and Miles Turner enjoyed the autumn colours at Drummond Gardens in Crieff.
Robin Image copyright Joyce Grieves
Image caption Joyce Grieves said this little robin was singing in the woods at Findo Gask near Perth.
Rainbow above hotel Image copyright Gordie Bain
Image caption Rainbow above Culloden House Hotel. Taken by Gordie Bain.
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Aberdeen Harbour Image copyright John Martyniuk
Image caption John Martyniuk said the sky was on fire at Aberdeen harbour and it was impossible to resist taking a quick snap.

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