A £370,000 investment has been announced to support an ambitious regeneration programme in Whithorn in Dumfries and Galloway.
A major cash regeneration boost has been given to Whithorn
The funding comes from Historic Scotland and will help to restore derelict properties in the town.
Whithorn will market itself as "The Cradle of Christianity in Scotland" thanks to its links with St Ninian.
The historic environment regeneration cash comes from a national scheme launched last year.
Dumfries and Galloway Council has been awarded the cash towards an application by the Whithorn Regeneration Group.
It is a partnership between local business associations and residents aiming to improve the town centre.
Among its plans is to restore key derelict properties including the former Grapes Hotel.
It is hoped such action will make the town a more attractive place to live and to visit.