BRUCE Barrack loves being on a high – about 1,500 feet above the Campsie Hills to be exact.
After 15 years of paragliding Bruce says the thrill of flying – the freedom, solitude and sheer adrenaline rush – never wears off, it only intensifies.
The sport has taken Bruce all over the world, but he’s in no doubt where the best place on the planet is to send himself soaring skywards.
Bruce (40) said: “I love the Campsies. I’m originally from Bearsden, but I moved to Lennoxtown in 2001.
“There’s a field at the back of my house and sometimes I’ll fly down to the house and land in the field and ride back up on a moped to get the car.
“I was out the other night at the Campsies and the feeling of being able to see down the Clyde as far as Dunoon is very special.”
Engineer Bruce says he would recommend the sport to anybody.
He said: “I wanted to do it ever since I was a youngster on a climbing frame.
“The sport is very weather dependent. If the wind’s any more than 12 or 14 miles per hour, you start going backwards. I try to go out once a week, though it can be months in winter if the weather’s not suitable.”
A holder of a tandem licence, Bruce has taken his eight and nine-year-old nephews on flights from the Campsies.
Bruce added: “I’ve been told I’m not allowed to take my 16-month-old daughter up until she’s old enough to say ‘no’ though!
“It’s vital you learn properly – when you’re in the air you need to know what you’re doing – but I just love it, the scenery in Scotland’s spectacular.”
Anybody interested in paragliding should see www.bhpa.co.uk and www.cloudbusters.co.uk for more information.
Bruce is pictured in action.