Gourock Highland Games, now in its 59th year, once again marked the start of the Highland Games season in Scotland.

And the season kicked off with an international theme.

The expanded field of heavy athletes proved a highly popular series of events with Icelandic athlete Heisi Geirmundsson scooping the top prize.

And on the piping completion, the Pipes and Drums of Basel from Switzerland wowed the crowds on the field and in the streets around Gourock.

For, thanks to local coach company McGills, a new open top bus took bands, including the Swiss band, around Gourock playing from the open top deck of the bus.

The three pipe bands which made the round trip to perform in Gourock Town Centre were Pipes & Drums of Basel, Tranent & District and Uddingston Strathclyde.

With a large cruise ship, MSC Splendida visiting Inverclyde for the first time, many visitors to the Gourock Highland Games came from outside of Scotland.

One of the traders in the new food and drink village, The Wee Fudge Company, took to social media site Twitter after the games to highlight the range of nationalities attending the games.

They said: “Huge thank you to everyone who came to buy at @GourockHGames - we had a fab day …. fudge off to Australia, USA, Austria, France, Italy, Holland, New Zealand … and Gourock! We had a great day - despite our west coast weather forecast being accurate!”

Paul Bush OBE, VisitScotland Director of Events said: “Scotland is the perfect stage for events and we are delighted to have supported the Gourock Highland Games again this year with a strong programme to thrill the crowds.”

Provost Robert Moran said: “As the first games of the Scottish season it is our honour to welcome so many visitors and competitors who will start at Gourock and go on over the course of the summer to showcase some amazing and stirring piping, drumming, dancing and athletic prowess. I’d like to thank the various organisations involved in delivering the Gourock Highland Games and the many visitors and competitors for coming to Gourock at the start of their season. We look forward to welcoming you back.”