Scotland according to the stars

A galaxy of Scottish stars have come together in a glossy new coffee-table book, celebrating their homeland in words and pictures.

With imagery and research provided by VisitScotland, My Scotland by its Famous Sons and Daughters was released this week (23 November), just in time for Christmas.

It showcases interviews with 58 celebrities who talk about how their nation has shaped their lives and careers. These run alongside full-colour photos of their favourite places in Scotland.

Rory Bremner, Denis Law, Sir Jackie Stewart, Nicola Benedetti, John Greig, Billy McNeill, Judy Murray, Donovan, Katherine Grainger and Midge Ure are just a few of the celebrities to share their memories of Scotland. 

Two of Hollywood’s biggest Scottish stars, Brian Cox and Dougray Scott, also share their favourite places.

Brian Cox said: “When you’re from Dundee the first thing you become aware of is water – the sea, the River Tay and what they both represent. To me they opened up the rest of the world. The river was something to be crossed, to see what’s on the other side, to get away and to explore – but always to come back."

Dougray Scott said: “My travels with my father gave me a great early love of Scotland. My favourite place is the Mull of Kintyre – so good Paul McCartney wrote a song about it! It’s a great journey from Glasgow to get there, past Loch Fyne and down the peninsula with beautiful views of Gigha and Jura. I love it.”

Two of the most poignant sections centre on music hero Jack Bruce and legendary singer Jean Redpath in the last major interviews about the place they called home before both passed away in 2014.




Fabulous views of the Highlands, islands, mountains, lochs and urban landscapes from Shetland down to the Borders are also featured. 

Ninety per cent of the book’s profits will be donated to Scottish charities, chiefly the Children’s Hospice Association Scotland, as well as some hand-picked charities close to the hearts of some of the sons and daughters taking part. 

The book was produced by writers Anne Graham and Michael Hamilton whose affection for Scotland spurred them on to compile the 240-page hardback. 

My Scotland by its Famous Sons and Daughters is published by Kingfisher Reach Publishing and is available for £25 in bookstores and online at

Why not get a copy for your visitors to browse? Encourage them to stay that bit longer and experience some of the favourite places of Scotland's Famous Sons and Daughters. 

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