A BOTTLE of whisky salvaged from the shipwreck that inspired the book and film Whisky Galore is being sold at auction.

It was part of the cargo on the SS Politician, which sank off Eriskay in the Outer Hebrides in 1941 as it was heading to Jamaica.

The Dornoch Castle Hotel in Sutherland has put the bottle of Black & White up for online auction, which ends on Wednesday.

The bottle, which has lost its label and is thick with sediment, fetched £1400 at auction held by Christies in London in 1997.

Philip Thompson of the hotel - which bought the bottle from a collector - said: "It would be good if it stayed in Scotland but we just don't know. There could be global interest in it as it is so rare."

The bottle was found by an Islander digging their garden path in 1997, Whisky-Online Auctions said.