A FOLK band has announced a treasure hunt of scenic spots from Assynt to Allendale to show how the natural world has inspired their new album.

Eabhal released their new album, 'Aisling' in May, and wanted to show how the beauty of the natural world inspired their new music.

The guitarist Nicky Kirk is from Allendale and the track 'Farewell Regality' bids goodbye to the Regality of Hexhamshire, an ancient jurisdiction which governed the rural parishes of Hexham, Allendale and St John Lee.

The Northumbrian song was originally written by the folk singer Terry Conway of Allendale, and evokes the landscape and hospitality of the North East.

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Working with Scottish music community The Bothy Society, Eabhal has merged offline with online by using augmented reality video and the activity of geocaching to encourage people to explore the natural world.

Geocaching involves using a phone or GPS device to locate containers left at specific locations.

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Jamie MacDonald, the band's fiddle player, said: "For us, as folk artists, the history, culture and language of the tradition is massively important as much as innovation and evolution are as well.

"With 'Aisling', we're really trying to emphasise this and invite the audience into the stories and the narrative around the music," he said.

The tracks on 'Aisling' are based on natural landscapes across Scotland and northern England.

Geocachers and Eabhal fans can use Google Earth to hunt down the treasure boxes, which include hidden links to listen to the tracks and information about them.

Locations include a spot near Catton, outside of Allendale, and the Isle of Skye.

For anyone unable to get around Scotland and northern England, information on the tracks is available on the Google Earth page to make it as accessible as possible.

Jamie said: "The album is a culmination of our creative work so far, and it draws heavily on geographical influences.

"Each track has a strong connection with a place and a time, as well as drawing inspiration from the people we have met through our travels as a band," he added.

Most of Eabhal's first album was written in Northumberland at Burnlaw, near Allendale, and they have previously played gigs in the village hall.

The band's next single, 'Air a’ Ghille tha mo Rùn', will come out on Friday, June 24.