A NEW scheme has been launched to promote fine dining on the Highlands and Islands.
Customers will be able to sample menus at a fraction of the usual cost at 36 of the region's top restaurants through the Dine Around Highlands 2007 scheme.
Running until the end of November, the initiative guarantees customers a choice of gourmet meals at fixed prices of £15 or £25.
Jim and Mary Cowie of the award-winning Captain's Galley in Scrabster said: "VisitScotland's Dine Around Highlands promotion is a superb way to encourage more people, both locals and tourists, to try out some of the best food in the country at some of the Highlands' top restaurants.
"We're fortunate to have access to so many local suppliers who source the highest quality, fresh seasonal produce giving us fantastic ingredients to create a real taste of the Highlands for our diners.
"We hope to welcome many more people through our doors so we can impress them with the superb quality and range of our food".
The Dine Around concept was developed originally by VisitScotland for the competitive Glasgow and Edinburgh food scenes, and was successfully introduced in the Highlands and Islands last year.
The promotion provides added value for customers and generates additional business at a comparatively quiet time for restaurants and hotel dining rooms.
Scott Armstrong, Area Director at VisitScotland Highlands said: "The Highlands is increasingly becoming known as a destination chosen for the quality of its food and produce as much as it scenery.
"Dine Around Highlands gives everyone a chance to sample the very best of Highland produce and Highland cuisine at a very attractive price."