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An Expected Journey

Wed, 27 May 2015 | By williambundy | Views [11] | Scholarship Entry

It's not often you find yourself in a church yard for book reading purposes. Much less a book as epic as “The Silmarillion”, a tome of such length and detail that it took it's author, one J.R.R. Tolkien, much of his life to work on. Yet, here I was ... Read more >

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Diluted Pride

Wed, 27 May 2015 | By willdalziel | Views [15] | Scholarship Entry

The town of Altanbulag is a lonely place - a slight blemish on a dominant landscape, which acts as a winter home for the various nomadic families that occupy the nearby plains; if you take a moment to look past the corrugated tin roofs and herds of bleating ... Read more >

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Disconnect to Connect

Wed, 27 May 2015 | By intehelena | Views [10] | Scholarship Entry

It was dark when we entered the National Park. But it still made me feel, wow. I am here. I was driving our white Kia. The one that barely got us up on the mountains. Not because we were running low on petrol or anything. No, because the engine was the ... Read more >

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The Old Man of Storr, Ile of Skye, Scotland

Wed, 27 May 2015 | By siim_uhtjarv | Views [8] | Scholarship Entry

Suddenly, as we approached the destination of our hike, the vast dark-green mountainous horizon started to transform. “It has to be alien-origin,” I thought. There couldn’t be any other explanation. How can nature create something so profoundly fictional? ... Read more >

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Lost on Cloud Island - walking Bruach na Frithe

Wed, 27 May 2015 | By katiedoeswords | Views [25] | Scholarship Entry

When the Norsemen first travelled to The Isle of Skye they dubbed it Skuyö, or ‘Cloud Island.' Even today one of the Gaelic names for Skye, Eilean a' Cheò, translates to 'island of the mist.' Poetic though it may be, the sheer aptness of the name was ... Read more >

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Tripping through the wind window

Wed, 27 May 2015 | By nikkib | Views [15] | Scholarship Entry

“We could just put rocks in your pockets. That would keep you from going too far”. I laughed. I don’t think anyone anticipates hearing an ominous remark such as this outside of a “sleeping with the fishes” type of Mafia flick, but here we were. As I learned, ... Read more >

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The Pot Still, Hope Street, Glasgow

Wed, 27 May 2015 | By christianbarnett3 | Views [286] | Scholarship Entry

If you’ve plumped for Glasgow as your next port of call, nothing better embodies the city’s spirit than The Pot Still on Hope Street. The Pot Still is a glorious institution, undoubtedly some sort of opus and well worth spending a couple of idle hours ... Read more >

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Ex Nihilo

Wed, 27 May 2015 | By evelynhollow | Views [2185] | Comments [7] | Scholarship Entry

Growing up mostly on a caravan park, buried in a valley of the Scottish borders, I knew what 'nothing' looked like well. The nothingness of empty cupboards. The nothingness of dead air in the night-time. The nothingness of your own company in a place ... Read more >

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Skegness

Wed, 27 May 2015 | By bettywrites27 | Views [9] | Scholarship Entry

In a blue, shabby building, penguins draped themselves over plastic rocks, making ripples with their fin tips as if contemplating life. Children knocked on the windows. Why aren’t they swimming? The penguins’ apathy followed me across the boulevard where ... Read more >

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The Other Ben Nevis

Wed, 27 May 2015 | By cbow | Views [22] | Scholarship Entry

Somewhere, north of the equator, a calm and gentle breeze rolls off the ocean. The evening air falls gracefully upon bare skin and exotic women sway to the hypnotising beat of a bongo drum. That place is not the Scottish Highlands and, I can assure you, ... Read more >

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Le Lac Vert (The Green Lake), Le Plateau D’Assy

Wed, 27 May 2015 | By teddyb | Views [22] | Scholarship Entry

On the side of Le Plateau D’Assy, in the Haute-Savoie region of the French Alps, is Le Lac Vert (The Green Lake). Having parked at an out-of-season ski resort, I reached the lake via a woodland path that winds through tall fir trees. From the path, the ... Read more >

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Blown Nodes

Wed, 27 May 2015 | By alexrezdan | Views [18] | Scholarship Entry

“It’s my third season,” said Cosmic Dave in his thick English accent while he rolled another cigarette. “The first time I was in one, it was like, wow, man. Unbelievable. No way a bunch of drunks with boards could make something like that.” “Is that ... Read more >

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A Walk Through the Valley

Wed, 27 May 2015 | By dustofthedust | Views [12] | Scholarship Entry

“Where are you going?” “Nowhere,” I replied. And that was as close to the truth as I’d have got if I’d spent a long time thinking about it. The kids laughed and carried on. Much as I was enjoying Bhutan, the necessity of travelling with a guide, driver ... Read more >

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Bibliophile Bliss at Gladstone's Library

Wed, 27 May 2015 | By janeclairebradley | Views [21] | Scholarship Entry

I've always loved libraries. My childhood icon was Roald Dahl's Matilda. When Harry Potter took over, I fantasised about being let loose in Hogwarts Library; a labyrinth of laddered shelves and leather-bound books, soft, cathedral-like light and pages ... Read more >

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Mull's Hidden Viewpoint

Wed, 27 May 2015 | By jetsetterjones | Views [17] | Scholarship Entry

Scotland's Isle of Mull in itself is a bit of a hidden gem; wild, rough and untamed, its winding roads and thatched roofed farmhouses whisper of a time gone by. Rusted boats and unkempt hedgerows, Highland cows wandering the roadsides in clans whilst ... Read more >

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