Record numbers of visitors from over 100 countries have been attracted to the Outer Hebrides by one of the UK's top music festivals. Over 17,000 attendances were recorded at the four day Hebridean Celtic Festival which took place in Stornoway and other parts of Lewis (14-17 July).
Visitors from countries such as Australia, the USA, Canada, Germany and France, joined with locals in celebrating the 15th anniversary of the festival.
Caroline MacLennan, the festival director, said: "We are extremely grateful for the support of our local community, the artistes, the visitors we attract to the festival, and in particular, Runrig. This year we have broken all of our attendance and income records. We sold over 17,000 tickets and brought at least £1.5million into the local economy during the worst economic climate since the Second World War, so this is a major achievement for all concerned. There are communities around the world that would love to have such a successful event on their doorstep.
"It is vital in these difficult economic times to have support and we're sure the backing we get will help us to continue delivering an excellent festival of music. These record numbers, which we are still counting, justify the backing given to the festival by our financial supporters and sponsors, whose commitment we greatly appreciate."
Artistes who played at this year's festival include Runrig, Afro Celt Sound System, Imelda May, Julie Fowlis, Treacherous Orchestra, Adrian Edmondson and the Bad Shepherds, Blazin’ Fiddles, Breabach, Iain Morrison, The Fox Hunt, and The Poozies amongst others.