Saturday, January 26, 2013
Travel presenter and Monty Python star Michael Palin believes the west coast of Scotland is the most beautiful place in the world.
Palin, who has explored the globe for the past two decades, said the remoteness of the Scottish countryside and its “breathtaking” beauty were two of his reasons for his love of Scotland.
The 69-year-old is currently presenting a series for the BBC on Brazil.
The Herald newspaper reports Palin’s interest in Scotland goes all the way back to his days with Python, which made stars of him and several others including John Cleese and Eric Idle.
He said: “Our director was a guy called Ian MacNaughton, who came from Helensburgh.
“He was always trying to persuade us to do some filming in Scotland we finally agreed and went up to Glen Coe. I quickly fell in love with the magnificent landscape.
“We used to jump on the sleeper from London and get off at the tiny station in Bridge or Orchy.
“It’s an area I’ve returned to time and time again and its my favourite part of the world.
“In recent years I’ve travelled to places such as Iona and I have found that breathtaking as well.
“I love talking to people and getting to know them but I am not a fan of big crowds.
“I think that’s why I like the remoteness of Scotland so much. There are beautiful landscapes such as the Himalayas but they’re inaccessible.”
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