An armed gang has raided a home near a small Highland village.
Five men broke into the property at Foxhole, near the village of Kiltarlity, threatened the homeowner with a weapon and then made off with a car and a sum of cash.
Police are appealing following the incident, which happened around 14 miles west of Inverness, at approximately 7pm on Monday night.
The stolen vehicle has since been recovered.
Two vehicles are of particular interest to the police investigation. The first is a green Citroen C3, which was in the area around 12pm and again at around 6pm on Monday, October 19.
The second is a blue Audi A4 estate, which was driven on the A833 and the A862 between 7pm and 8pm on Monday evening. The Audi was also used in the area of Aird Road in Beauly that night.
Detective Inspector Craig Still of Highland and Islands CID said: “This was a shocking and unusual incident for this area and an extensive police investigation is currently ongoing.
“The household involved were physically uninjured but were extremely shaken by this distressing incident.
“Our enquiries to establish the full circumstances are ongoing but it appears this was targeted and there is no wider risk to the community.”
Anyone who may have information is asked to call 101, quoting incident 2809 of 19 October, or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.”