BILLY Connolly is to be presented with a Great Scot Award during next month's Tartan Week celebrations in America.

The Big Yin will receive the prize from the National Trust for Scotland Foundation USA during a fundraising ceremony in his adopted home city of New York.

The 72-year-old is being recognised for his outstanding service to promoting Scotland's culture and heritage throughout his 50-year career.

Fellow Scot and actor Alan Cumming will present the award at the eighth gala and auction at the Metropolitan Club in New York.

Helen Sayles, chairwoman of the National Trust for Scotland Foundation USA, said they were thrilled to honour the Glasgow-born funnyman.

She said: "Billy Connolly truly embodies the title of Great Scot. He is a self-made man and proud Scot, whose extraordinary gifts, down-to-earth Scottish humour, and distinguished body of work in music, comedy, and film have warmed the hearts and minds of audiences worldwide.

"The National Trust for Scotland's mission is to help preserve and conserve the natural, built, and cultural heritage that is significant to Scotland and the world. Billy is a fabulous ambassador of that mission."

The Trust's USA Foundation is based in Boston and was established in 2000 to support the work of the National Trust.

Previous winners of the Great Scot award include Cumming, author Alexander McCall-Smith and Christopher Forbes, Founder of Forbes Magazine.