Scottish independence: "It is head and heart" says Salmond
18 September 2013 Last updated at 12:47 BST
Alex Salmond, leader of SNP, says Scottish independence is "a noble ideal".
The first minister's remarks come as the Scottish Parliament is set to debate Scotland's future - one year before voters are to decide in a referendum whether it should become an independent country.
Mr Salmond told BBC Scotland's political editor Brian Taylor that: "It is head and heart".
'No' campaigners argue that Scotland's best interests lie in remaining part of the larger UK.