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Scotland Magazine Issue 16
September 2004


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Kinnoull Hill Perth

This issue successful Hollywood actor Brian Cox picks his favourite place. Main text and pictures by Andy Hall

I have been fortunate enough to have met Brian many times throughout the making of A Sense of Belonging to Scotland, and also in a joint presentation in Brussels to raise the profile of Dundee University’s globally significant work in diabetes and tropical diseases, of which Brian is a patron.

He is a prolific and highly respected actor and, despite spending much of his time in Los Angeles and London or filming in all corners of the world, his love of Scotland is self-evident, particularly the east coast. He is very proud of Dundee, the place and its people.

Brian’s favourite place in Scotland is Kinnoull Hill in Perth, for the very personal reason that he has a childhood memory of being there with his father, the year before he died. The piece of writing that accompanies the picture in the book is extremely moving and beautifully written. He describes the place as being 100 per cent associated with his dad and he feels that his spirit is always there watching, waiting for him to come home.

I visited this lovely viewpoint several times before I got the shot that I wanted with lovely golden late-afternoon light and muted autumn colours. The Tay winds its way back across the landscape from Perth until it reaches his native Dundee and on to the sea.

As well as being a wonderful actor, Brian is a global ambassador for his city in particular, and Scotland in general. I feel a great sense of privilege to have him as a contributor to A Sense of Belonging to Scotland and it means a lot to me that I have managed to capture his feeling of longing for and belonging to this beautiful part of Scotland.

A Sense of Belonging to Scotland:
The Favourite Places of Scottish Personalities by Andy Hall (pictured) is published by Mercat Press.
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