A local area of outstanding natural beauty has been marred by an extreme case of fly tipping.
A St Cyrus dog walker and her husband noticed the large mounds of refuse, which are close to the Northwater Bridge on the river bank, when out walking their family pet.
The bags have burst, exposing hundreds of glass bottles and tin cans, fishing boxes and even wellies, which have spread across the river embankment.
The walkway beside the North Esk is a popular spot with ramblers, families and dog walkers.
The St Cyrus resident said: “It’s a disgrace. It’s shocking the extent of rubbish that has been dumped.
‘‘It has either been dumped over a long period of time or someone has buried it and with the recent high tides it has exposed all the rubbish.
“It’s such a beautiful, untouched spot. Whoever did this has no respect for the people and families who walk by the river or the environment.
“You don’t know what is in those bags and what could be leaking into the river.
“There is no excuse. There is a recycling centre in Montrose, which is only a two or three-mile drive away.”
Head of protective services and waste management at Aberdeenshire Council, Ian Robertson, said: “The council encourages people to be as proud of our open spaces as we are of our towns and cities and provides waste bins in public areas to ensure the environment is clean and tidy.
“We will investigate any issues of fly tipping in St Cyrus and ask members of the public to contact us.
“Fly tipping in any form is unacceptable and we ask that, if you see rubbish being left in a public area, you report it as soon as possible, through the website or call the Wasteline on 0845 600 3 900, details can also be sent by text to Textshire on 07624 802 722.”