James Lyon appointed head at Gaelic school in Inverness
A permanent head teacher has been appointed at the Gaelic primary school in Inverness after a four-year search.
James Lyon will be the new head at Bun-sgoil Ghaidhlig Inbhir Nis, having been acting head there for a number of months.
Mr Lyon, who is learning Gaelic, has been appointed following interviews which were held on Friday.
When the school opened in 2007, it was the first purpose-built Gaelic-medium school in Scotland.
However, for the last four years, Highland Council has had difficulties filling the head teacher role.
A teacher from Sweden who was acting head at the school was interviewed for the job in November last year but was not appointed.
At the time a European minority languages organisation raised concerns about making a non Gaelic-speaking appointment.
The European Language Equality Network wrote to Highland Council asking it to consider alternative ways to fill the post with a Gaelic speaker.
Mr Lyon, who was on secondment from Ardersier Primary School, is also a professional football referee and has officiated at Old Firm games as well as a Scottish Cup final.