An intensive exercise has been taking place in Scotland to prepare British troops for a UN peacekeeping mission.

The Royal Scots Dragoon Guards are getting ready for deployment in Cyprus by brushing up on their core soldiering skills in Exercise Solway Eagle. 

The training will help prepare them for Operation Tosca, the UK's contribution to the UN Peacekeeping Force in Cyprus, where they'll swap their famous grey berets for United Nations blue.

Exercise Solway Eagle

One of the longest-running UN peacekeeping missions ever, it'll see the regiment policing the buffer zone that separates the Cypriot south of the island from the Turkish north.

Commanding Officer Lieutenant Colonel Dominic Coombes said:

"We're here in Galloway doing what the Army would call a CT2 [Collective Training] level exercise... Training our squadrons in preparation for deploying on operations later this year to Cyprus.

"In order to qualify to go on these operations, we have to do this level of training to make sure we are... competent for that."