Highlands & Islands

Wild shots: Images reveal winter in Scotland's hills

Avalanche dog in Southern Cairngorms Image copyright Paul Noble/SAIS Southern Cairngorms
Image caption SAIS dog amid snow and low cloud in the Southern Cairngorms

The Sportscotland Avalanche Information Service (SAIS) is about a month and a half through its latest season.

SAIS assesses avalanche hazard in six areas - Lochaber, Glencoe, Creag Meagaidh, Southern Cairngorms , Northern Cairngorms and Torridon.

The reports are usually issued until mid-April.

This season, the various teams have encountered a mix of weather including warmer than usual temperatures but also snow and hard frosts.

More than 30 avalanches have been recorded so far, including slides in Stob Coire nan Lochan in Glen Coe.

Image copyright SAIS Northern Cairngorms
Image caption A frosted buttress in Coire an Lochain in Northern Cairngorms
Image copyright SAIS Glencoe
Image caption Avalanche debris at Stob Coire nan Lochan in Glen Coe
Image copyright SAIS Northern Cairngorms
Image caption Avalanche risk hunting in the Northern Cairngorms
Image copyright Paul Noble/SAIS Southern Cairngorms
Image caption An avalanche assessment pit being dug in the Southern Cairngorms
Image copyright SAIS Northern Cairngorms
Image caption A dusting of snow and ice in the Northern Cairngorms
Image copyright Paul Noble/SAIS Southern Cairngorms
Image caption An image taken before the arrival of Storm Henry last month
Image copyright SAIS Craig Meagaidh
Image caption Coire Chriochairein at Craig Meagaidh
Image copyright Paul Noble/SAIS Cairngorms
Image caption Lochnagar in the Southern Cairngorms
Image copyright SAIS Torridon
Image caption A walker trudges through the snow in Torridon
Image copyright SAIS Lochaber
Image caption Wild waters during a thaw in Lochaber

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