A record number of Scotland’s bakers have entered their best pies into the 16th World Scotch Pie Championships.

Judges considered more than 600 pies from 100 of the country’s butchers and bakers, and will announce the winner of the title this coming January.

Contestants also entered sausage rolls, speciality savouries, Scottish football pie, apple pie and savouries.

Les McKeown, original lead singer of The Bay City Rollers and the competition’s guest pie taster, said: “I was honoured to be asked to join the panel of judges again for this iconic competition. The contest is a hard-fought one and in each category we are looking for something really special that stands out from the crowd.” 

Last year the 2014 title was taken by Stephen McAllister from The Kandy Bar of Saltcoats.