John Harbour, from www.exclusivescottishvisits.co.uk, is your trusted, expert guide on the Unique Scotland podcast.
These carefully crafted, impeccably researched programmes connect you with this small but beautiful land.
You’ll be introduced to the land itself, the people, and discover what makes them tick.
John then takes you on virtual tours of every part of Scotland, from the Borders, to the Lowlands and then onto the Highlands and Islands. The craggy mountains as well as the beautiful white sandy beaches.
Along the way, John covers the customs, traditions and culture, including the Clans - perhaps yours - and the part they played in the bloody Clan Wars.
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Travel from INVERNESS to the Gairloch and return to experience the wonderful mountainous Wester Ross.
In this Part 3 of Inverness to the Gairloch, we leave the city and head north over the Kessock Bridge onto the Black Isle then west towards Loch Ewe, passing amazing sights such as the Corrieshalloch Gorge. We pass a man made lake, now part of a hydro scheme and hear how a lost world has re-appeared due to the dry weather in the Highlands. We will walk the white sandy beach of Gruinard Bay and hear about Gruidard House and Gardens.
Executions in the Old High Church graveyard seems barbaric but that is part of Inverness’ legacy after the battle of Culloden…
Inverness part 1 gave you an overview of the area and history of the town. In this Podcast Inverness part 2, you will walk the streets of Inverness to hear about the prominent historic buildings and be told of some of the stories behind these iconic structures. From St Columba in the 6th Century to Lord Lovat (Simon Fraser) executed after the Battle of Culloden in the 18th Century – as they say if the walls could talk. There is, however, enough historical evidence to give you a real feel for what went on within the walls of these fascinating buildings and, as you walk down the old medieval streets, you will get a real sense of what it would have been like to live in those times.
Inverness has a rather sad and bloody history, caused mainly by its strategic location at the head of the Great Glen and countless armies trying to control the area. St Columba, Macbeth and Malcolm, Robert the Bruce, Oliver Cromwell and Bonnie Prince Ch
Inverness dates back to the 6th Century and is chronicled in the Biography of St Columba by Adomnan his scribe. The first reference to the Loch Ness Monster is recorded here when St Columba was asked by the locals to rid the loch of a terrible monster that was terrorising the fishermen and those living by the lochside. But there is so much more to Inverness and its surrounds and you can hear all about it in this three part series from Inverness to Gairloch.
Why is the most high profile Sex Scandal enquiry in Scotland receiving so little attention in Scotland’s Media, especially the BBC? It’s these matters that Letter from Scotland gets to the bottom of on behalf of the Scottish People.
If you love Scotland or are simply intrigued by this small independently minded, bagpipe blowing, haggis eating, caber tossing, tartan kilted nation then you will be interested in the news and views of it's people, the media and its politicians.
Letter from Scotland gives the thinking man and woman a local perspective of what makes this tiny country tick. Scotland, with its population of 5 1/2 million which is only a quarter the size of the New York City metro area, has an incredible impact on the world and has had from the late 17th and early 18th centuries. This monthly letter is open to all people with even the slightest connection to Scotland and, to those with no connection, enjoy it too
OUTLANDER and Monty Python fans unite! Close to Stirling Castle is the magnificent Doune castle where history and modern fiction come together. So what do Jamie and Claire of Outlander and King Bedevere, Monty Python's English King, have in common.
Stirling castle was an extremely important Royal residence for hundreds of years. Close by, in the small town of Doune, is an equally impressive castle, Doune castle, with its own bloody history. This castle has shot to fame recently because of the popular Outlander series where Jamie and Claire first met. Monty Python lovers will also enjoy the story of Doune where the filming took place. This Podcast journeys from the Trossachs, through Dunblane and talks of the Battle of Sheriffmuir. We also pass by the Wallace Monument and onto Stirling castle where Robert the Bruce's statue stands tall and proud looking south to his own famous battleground, Bannockburn
Reverend Kirk died on a hillside in Aberfoyle in mysterious circumstances, just one of the stories from a stunning part of Scotland, the Trossachs. Rob Roy, the Scottish vagabond, also roamed this part of Scotland and made his name evading the law. Was
The Trossachs is a naturally beautiful part of lowland Scotland and, to some extent, mirrors the beauty of the Highlands with it lochs, glens and mountains. But it is some of the stories connected with this part of the world that draw thousands of visitors each year. The stories of fairies and a book written by a clergyman who truly believed in their existence, and strange happenings just after the book was published. Hear about Rob Roy, Scotland's vagabond, and the famous Loch Katrine brought to life by the epic poem by Sir Walter Scott, Lady of the Lake.