"The meaning of bleak" Scotland Things to Do Tip by iandsmith

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bleak /blik/. adj. 1. bare, desolate, and windswept. No wonder I kept coming up with that word, especially in the Scottish Highlands. Little wonder also why there were so many Scots in the Lake District.
The first shot is one of my favourites and is one I use when showing friends how tough one would have to be to live here. Little social life, no surf, no rain forest, windy most days. Which explains why so many Scots have emigrated to Australia!
Having said all that, I found it strangely attractive; was drawn to it in fact; wanted more of it. Perhaps it's because it was such a contrast to all that I'm used to. The second shot was taken on the way over to Fort Augustus on the back roads on the south eastern side of Loch Ness, this one rarely travelled.
The third is of two hikers pushing their way against ferocious headwinds that were over 100kph at the top of the Cairngorm near Aviemore. We caught the alpine train up which is from where this picture was taken.

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  • Written Jan 5, 2006
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