OLD Pulteney single malt whisky has helped a separated Cape Wrath couple celebrate their reunion this week with a complimentary bottle of whisky from their Wick-based distillery.
John and Kay Ure, who run a tea room on the peninsula, were forced to spend the festive season apart for the first time in 35 years when the "big freeze" hit in December.
However, upon hearing of their predicament Scotland's most northerly distillery overcame the elements to present the reunited couple with a bottle of Old Pulteney 12-year-old single malt to belatedly toast the New Year together.
The couple's ordeal began on 19 December when Kay "popped out" to buy a Christmas turkey, some coffee and presents on a pre-Christmas shopping trip to Inverness.
Deep snow, gale force winds and sheets of ice meant the return journey was impossible and left her stranded 11 miles from home in a friend's caravan at Durness for nearly a month.
Her husband, John, was forced to spend Christmas, New Year and his 58th birthday separated from his wife until the ice and snow melted.
The month of isolation left John with dwindling supplies of food and fuel, after his diesel generator broke down and his coal ran out. Their dogs - his only companions apart from two walkers who arrived unexpectedly at their small café on Christmas Day - were left eating army rations left behind from an earlier military training exercise.
The patient couple were finally reunited on Monday when John was able to make the 11-mile journey by car and cross the Kyle of Durness by boat to collect his wife who was waiting with the turkey!