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Scotland Magazine Issue 19
March 2005


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Knoydart Loch and peninsula

This issue theatre great Sir Cameron Mackintosh chooses his favourite place. Main text and pictures by Andy Hall

I had the privilege of meeting Sir Cameron in Edinburgh for the last night of his production of Miss Saigon and it was then that I fully appreciated the strength of his affinity and affection for the Knoydart peninsula on the west coast of Scotland, particularly his estate between Loch Morar and Loch Nevis.

Sir Cameron has been coming to this beautiful part of Scotland since he was a boy of six and, despite having travelled the world with his musical productions, his love of the area brings him back to the highlands as often as his busy schedule will allow.

The shot that I took for Sir Cameron was at the end of a fabulous January day which began in Glencoe with a shot of snow-covered Buachaille Etive Mor by moonlight for the former Rangers player, Ally McCoist, and ended knee-deep in water to provide the foreground that I needed for the lovely afterglow shot of Loch Morar, Europe’s deepest freshwater loch.

The people of the west coast of Scotland are treated to some of the most beautiful sunsets in the world. This photograph encapsulates the serenity that can be found in the hour after the sun has disappeared over the horizon. Many photographers pack up their equipment when the sun sets but there can be great reward in waiting an hour or two.

This was the photograph that I chose for the cover of A Sense of Belonging to Scotland. If landscape photography is about light and location, then this image fulfils both criteria in the abundance. The other loch in Knoydart is Loch Nevis. Nevis is Gaelic for ‘heaven’ and the whole area could easily be described as ‘heaven on earth’.

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The Favourite Places of Scottish Personalities by Andy Hall (pictured) is published by Mercat Press.
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