Up Helly Aa, Britain's biggest fire festival and torchlight procession, is held in Lerwick, Shetland, to celebrate the area's Norse heritage.
Earlier, the start of the Viking fire festival was well received.
The Jarl Squad marches through the streets of Lerwick for Up Helly Aa.
This Viking long ship made a very impressive sight for spectators.
All ages were clearly seen to be in full voice at the start of Up Helly Aa.
Orkney and Shetland MP Alistair Carmichael was hardly recognisable at the event.
After dark the Jarl Squad paraded through the town's streets to the burning site.
The festival sees around 900 costumed 'guizers' taking part.
A Viking longship is dragged through the town, then at a designated point the torches are thrown into the ship and onlookers watch as it burns.
Transport Minister and Shetland MSP Tavish Scott was all smiles at Up Helly Aa