A visit to the Western Isles by a Regimental Shetland Pony has been cancelled in the wake of the Manchester terrorist attack.

A message from 4 Scots (The Highlanders) and 7 Scots (the Reserve Army Infantry Unit for the Highlands and Islands) read: 'Due to the tragic incident that happened in Manchester the Pony Major who is first and foremost a soldier has been deployed with his unit. I hope people will understand the reason for this late cancellation.

'I know many of you were looking forward to meeting the Regimental Mascot of the Royal Regiment of Scotland.'