Highland villagers could buy-out a famous Scottish hotel after plans to convert it into Scotland's first six-star hotel failed.
Residents in Highland Perthshire are considering joining forces to take over the historic Taymouth Estate in Highland Perthshire, a favourite haunt of Queen Victoria.
They have even mooted the idea of creating a Scottish version of Cornwall's top tourist and conservation attraction, the Eden Project.
The future of the estate, which includes a James Braid-designed golf course, was in doubt after plans to turn Taymouth Castle into a six-star hotel and leisure complex were scrapped.
Now, several locals have mooted the idea of a community buy-out, including Norman McCandlish of Ballinluig, who is pushing for a feasibility study to be carried out.
Mr McCandlish said: "The idea of a buy-out has intrigued a lot of people and started a number of hobby horses rocking.
"Some of these will be non-starters, and some may be mutually exclusive, but there are enough good ideas out there to form the basis of a business plan."
A number of early proposals are based around Perthshire's theme as the 'Big Tree County,' and want to capitalise on its unique countryside.
McCandlish, former chairman of Mid-Atholl, Grandtully and Strathtay Community Council and long-time campaigner for a dualled A9, said that a "mixed development" of tourism and industry seems the most popular way forward.
One suggestion is to revamp the collapsed Perth horticultural complex at Broxden and create a
Scottish version of Cornwall's Eden Project.
Highland Perthshire has been designates as a target growth area for tourism by the Scottish Government with millions of pounds allocated to encourage "transformational" ideas.
Although the planned £74million project to convert Taymouth Castle into a 150-room hotel, spa and activities centre ended when The Taymouth Group Ltd went into administration - hundreds of windows at the castle had been repaired and restored and the building made wind and watertight.