The newly-launched Hebridean Whale Trail was named a finalist for the New National Treasure (UK) Award.

Launched by the Hebridean Whale and Dolphin Trust, the trail is the first of its kind in the UK and connects 33 places for land-based viewing of whales, dolphins and porpoises.

The Trail lost out to the National Maritime Museum at the award ceremony in London yesterday (Wednesday 4 December.)

Alison Lomax, Director of the Hebridean Whale and Dolphin Trust, commented: "We're thrilled to have been a finalist for this prestigious award, and hope this success will further promote the Hebridean Whale Trail, which has really caught people's imagination since its launch in June.

"By promoting low-impact marine wildlife watching from land, the trail is championing the importance of protecting the Hebrides' wonderful and globally important marine wildlife.

"Collaboration was key in forging the trail, and its success is testament to the people and communities who have come together to create this exciting initiative."