Gusts of wind up to 75mph are set to cause disruption in parts of Scotland overnight after a yellow wind warning was issued by the Met Office.
Northern parts of the country will be battered by high winds from 9pm on Thursday, January 5 which forecasters say will cause travel disruption and bring difficult driving conditions, especially on exposed bridges, causeways and higher routes.
The weather warning is in place until 10am on Friday, January 6 and covers Aberdeenshire, Moray, the Western Isles, Highlands, Orkney Islands and Argyll and Bute.
The Met Office said that southwesterly winds will strengthen across the Hebrides and the west coast of mainland Scotland on Thursday evening with gusts of 60 to 70mph likely and close to 75mph in a few spots.
Wind will begin to ease later in the night, meanwhile, the far north of mainland Scotland and Orkney will see southwesterly winds increasing during the early hours with gusts of 50 to 60 mph developing before wind starts to slowly ease during Friday morning.
Forecasters warned that for those in areas covered by the weather warning there are likely to be some delays to road, rail, air and ferry travel, and short-term loss of power and other services is possible.
It is likely that some coastal routes, sea fronts and coastal communities will be affected by spray or large waves.