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The Scots language has a rich tradition, and abounds with marvellous words. Each week this blog will show a different Scots or Gaelic word with its English equivalent. I hope that you will enjoy them as much as I do!

Linda Gilmore Sutherland

 

 

MACHAIR 05/12/16

by Linda - 01:01 on 05 December 2016

MACHAIR = LOW-LYING LAND ADJACENT TO THE SAND OF THE SEASHORE

The Atlantic shores of the Western Isles of Scotland are stunningly beautiful.  There are many long stretches of pristine white sand lapped by turquoise water - breathtaking. Many people who see a photograph of a beach in this part of Scotland think that it is somewhere in the tropics.  Another very special aspect of these shores is that just inland of the sand are low-lying meadows of grass with wild flowers in the appropriate season.  I think that it is one of the most beautiful sights in the world, as you can perhaps see in this photo of a machair on the Isle of Harris:

 

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