Hundreds of golden retrievers and their owners gathered at the Highland ancestral home.
The first golden retriever puppies were born 155 years ago at Guisachan House in Glen Affrich.
They were bred by Sir Dudley Marjorybank, an aristocrat who wanted a gun dog suitable for the landscape of the Scottish Highlands.
Owners from the United Kingdom, continental Europe, North America, Australia and Japan met at the ruins of Gisachan House.
A series of events, including talks, workshops, demonstrations and an evening parade, took place this week at a venue south of Inverness near Tomic and nearby Cannich.
Thursday was expected to see one of the world’s largest gatherings of the species in one place, with hundreds of people converging beneath the ruined mansion.
Carol Henry, secretary of the Scottish Golden Retriever Club, said the aim of the meeting was to provide a living knowledge of the breed.
She said that established breeders were focused on preserving the behavior and character of the dogs.
But Ms Henry said this was at risk of irresponsible breeding during the Covid pandemic lockdowns.
She said: “We want to capture the confidence, the tender, the friendship and the loyalty – all the things that the Golden Retriever is built on.”
Dogs from more than 12 countries, including Canada, the US, New Zealand, Germany, Romania, the Czech Republic, Italy, Croatia and Estonia, are present at Gisachan.
Starting at 10pm on Tuesday, there was a mile-long procession to the ruined house where the dogs and their owners were found by Piper.
Thunderstorms didn’t happen as forecast, but the Highland midges bit and came out strong.
The night ended with a rendition of The Heralds’ song I’ll Be The One (500 Miles) and other bagpipe tunes.
In some years, the meetings are held every five years and dates fall on important holidays, including 150th in 2018.
The first golden retriever was born in 1868 from the Tweed water spaniel, a now extinct breed, and the yellow wave coated retriever.
The puppies are named Primrose, Cowslip and Crocus. Some stories of the breed say that the litter had four cubs.
After 40 years In 1913The Golden Retriever is officially recognized as a breed by The Kennel Club, the UK’s largest organization for dog health, welfare and training.
Marjoribanks, a businessman and Liberal MP and also known as Lord Tweedmouth, gave birth to his explorers on the Ghisachan Estate.
The house was demolished in the 1960s.