Police officers have begun a cycle ride from Edinburgh to Paris to help raise money for African charities.
The Auld Alliance Charity Cycle Ride set off from Holyrood
Twenty police officers and staff from Lothian and Borders Police, Fife Constabulary and Strathclyde Police are to cycle 220 miles in four days.
The Auld Alliance Charity Cycle Ride has been organised by Allan Prentice of Lothian and Borders Police.
It will raise funds for Malawi Ekendeni Hospital and Nyambani Aids Orphans in Kenya.
The event follows the successful Two Capitals Cycle Ride in June this year, which took place between Dunfermline and Edinburgh and raised £16,000 for charities.
The 20 cyclists gathered at the Scottish Parliament for an official send-off on Tuesday morning.
They were met by the Baillie of Edinburgh, HMIC Paddy Tomkins, the French Deputy Consul, the Belgian Consul and MSPs from all parties.
The cyclists set off at 1030 BST, after being presented with plaques and greetings to take to the Lord Mayor of Paris from Edinburgh Council and Lothian and Borders Police.
The start was marked by the release of 12 white doves as the cyclists travelled up the Royal Mile, down the Mound and along Princes Street.
Andy Kerr MSP and the Belgian Consul will accompany the cyclists on the first leg of their trip, to an official civic send-off arranged by Fife Council in the Civic Chambers in Dunfermline.
They will then complete a circuit of the town centre before catching the overnight ferry from Rosyth to Zeebrugge.
Plaques and greetings
The cyclists then face a 220-miles journey to Paris via Lille, Peronne and Compeinge, and are due to arrive at the Champs Elysees at 1400 BST on Saturday.
The plaques and greetings will then be formally presented to the Mayor of Paris.
During the ride to Paris, the cyclists will have tracker devices on the bikes and a daily log report with pictures will be available on the Prentice events website.
People can sponsor the cyclists via the website.
Mr Prentice, head of finance for Lothian and Borders Police, said: "The Auld Alliance builds on the ancient friendship between Scotland and France and, as well as helping charities, it aims to promote cycling in Scotland.
"We are all looking forward to this challenge, and we hope to raise lots of money and have a lot of fun along the way."