The husband of a woman who went missing near Loch Doon four weeks ago has pleaded for her to return.

Mary Monkman, from Cumbria, went missing near the famous beauty spot on Friday, June 16.

Mary, 49, is believed to have travelled to Loch Doon from her home in Kendal, Cumbria.

Her car, a red Nissan Juke, was found parked at the west side of the loch shortly after 7.30pm later that evening.

Mary’s husband, Geoff, said: “We miss her so much. She was always coming up with new ideas for work and for home, and they usually started with ‘I’ve just been thinking…’.

"She can always see the potential, she’s always looking to the future.

"I have to hope that Mary is out there reading this, somewhere. Mary, if you see this, just know that we love and miss you terribly.

"Please let someone, anyone, know that you’re OK.”

Officers have conducted extensive searches in the Loch Doon and surrounding area however Mary has not been seen, or spoken to, since this time.

Mary is described as around 5ft 9ins tall, with shoulder-length dark purple hair.

She wears glasses and was last seen wearing a green and white floral top and cropped blue leggings (as pictured).

She is also believed to be in possession of a blue/green ‘Deuter Step Out 12’ rucksack and was possibly wearing black lightweight slip-on trainers.

Inspector William Deans said: “For Mary not to be in contact with her family and friends is completely out of character. This, coupled with the length of time since she was last seen, makes us extremely concerned for her welfare.

“Despite the loch being in relatively rural surroundings, it is known to be frequented by locals and visitors. I’d ask anyone who may have seen Mary in the area on Friday, June 16, or since this time, to report any sightings to us.

“We believe Mary travelled to Ayrshire via the M6 and then through Dumfries and Galloway. If you saw her or her vehicle during the afternoon/evening of June 16, please get in touch with officers.”

Those with information should contact Police Scotland on 101 and quote incident number 2648 of June 17, 2023.