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Stories of Scotland is an award-winning Scottish history podcast. Join hosts Jenny and Annie as they unravel the rich tapestry of Scotland’s culture, nature and heritage. Prepared to climb into caves, cairns and chaos, Jenny and Annie travel around Scotland and investigate how stories of the past can help us make sense of modern life.
Stories of Scotland celebrates Scottish history through traditional storytelling, archival research, museum objects and wandering in nature. It is recorded in Inverness & hosted by Jenny, an environmental scientist & Annie, an archivist.
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    • 4.8 • 174 Ratings

Stories of Scotland is an award-winning Scottish history podcast. Join hosts Jenny and Annie as they unravel the rich tapestry of Scotland’s culture, nature and heritage. Prepared to climb into caves, cairns and chaos, Jenny and Annie travel around Scotland and investigate how stories of the past can help us make sense of modern life.
Stories of Scotland celebrates Scottish history through traditional storytelling, archival research, museum objects and wandering in nature. It is recorded in Inverness & hosted by Jenny, an environmental scientist & Annie, an archivist.
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    Fireside Folklore: Warrior Women

    Fireside Folklore: Warrior Women

    From the Fortress of Shadows just off the Isle of Skye, to the Palace of Dreams in Arthurian legends, Jenny and Annie visit the homes of warrior women. 
    Jenny begins with folklore and mythology of Sgàthach, sometimes called the Shadow, or the Striker of Fear, and we learn how she was the greatest teacher of warriors in all the world. 
    Next, Annie takes us to a strange Arthurian story about a woman of King Arthur’s dreams and how one of the Knights of the Round Table must make an incredible journey to find her. 
    Between the swooshing weapons of these two warrior women, we look at the strength, strategy and second sight of these incredible legends. Borrowing from the Ulster Cycle of the Irish heroic sagas, and the Scottish Gaelic song Am Bròn Binn, from Dunscaith Castle to the halls of the King of Scotland, these stories still inspire wonder and awe to this day. We hope you enjoy!
    Independently made in the Highlands, Stories of Scotland is gratefully funded through listener support on Patreon.www.patreon.com/storiesofscotland
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    • 38 min
    Rewilding in Dundreggan

    Rewilding in Dundreggan

    This episode is brought to you by Dundreggan Rewilding Centre. Annie and Jenny learn about the importance of rewilding, not just from the perspective of the environment, but also for communities. We meet dedicated staff Cait and Caoimhe at Dundreggan, and learn some beautiful folklore that’s woven into the landscape. From stealthy red squirrels to a killer Cailleach who’ll dance on your bonnet, these conversations challenge us to consider our own relationships with nature. 
    Learn more about Dundreggan Rewilding Centre here:
    https://visitdundreggan.co.uk/
    Report your exciting squirrel sightings here:
    https://scottishsquirrels.org.uk/
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    • 43 min
    Blessed Butter: Bogs and Beyond

    Blessed Butter: Bogs and Beyond

    Annie and Jenny churn through the rich history of butter in Scottish and Irish cultures. We slip into a buttery journey from the ancient practice of making bog butter to the evolution of dairy farming in the chilly northern lands. Learn about the fascinating genetics behind lactose tolerance and how aurochs, the wild ancestors of cows, shaped our dairy destiny.
    But there's more to this episode than just butter history, there’s also fatty folklore. Jenny brings to life a haunting Scottish folklore tale involving a blacksmith’s wife, a magical bridle, and a transformative curse. This story weaves through the dark and mystical paths of ancient Scotland.
    We delve into the art of butter-making and explore the vital role of butter in Scottish households.
    Don't miss this spread of historical facts, folklore, and fun, all buttered up in this episode of Stories of Scotland. Tune in for a dairy dose of culture, history, and whimsy.
    Independently made in the Highlands, Stories of Scotland is gratefully funded through listener support on Patreon. www.patreon.com/storiesofscotland
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    • 52 min
    Fireside Folklore: Ghosts of Hogmanay

    Fireside Folklore: Ghosts of Hogmanay

    A fresh New Year’s Eve tradition at Stories of Scotland is the telling of spooky stories about Hogmanay. Jenny and Annie return with terrifying tales to haunt you all Hogmanay.
    First, Jenny welcomes us to travel to a smoky bar on the Isle of Mull for "The Queer Visit of Calum the Skipper," a chilling tale of a New Year's ghost with a twist. As the locals gather, reminiscing about Calum, a regular visitor, they're confronted with an unexpected and spine-tingling encounter. This story, unfolding on a stormy Hogmanay night, blends the warmth of community with the mystery of the supernatural.
    Next, Annie delves into the local newspaper archives of the Glasgow Weekly Herald for a ghostly narrative from 1866. This tale, "The Devil’s Dungeon," sets the stage for an unforgettable Hogmanay at a farmhouse in the south of Scotland. Embark on a ghostly walk past haunted pools and eerie glens, leading to a terrifying encounter that will leave you questioning the line between reality and the supernatural.
    Stories of Scotland wishes all listeners a beautiful Hogmanay, and health, wealth, and happiness for 2024. May the mountains smile upon you and all your turnips grow mighty!
    Independently made in the Highlands, Stories of Scotland is gratefully funded through listener support on Patreon. www.patreon.com/storiesofscotland
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    • 26 min
    Michael Scot: Scotland's Greatest Wizard

    Michael Scot: Scotland's Greatest Wizard

    In this enchanting episode of Stories of Scotland, your hosts Annie and Jenny embark on a mystical journey through the life and legends of Michael Scot, a medieval figure shrouded in the allure of wizardry. Unlike the American sitcom character, this Michael Scot stands out as a figure of Scottish folklore, known for his reputed magical powers and scholarly pursuits. Jenny brings out some amazing folklore from shipwrecked sailors, mermaids, snakes of wisdom, deals with the devil, and some very mischievous imps. We explore how his real academic achievements in astronomy, mathematics, and languages got intertwined with tales of wizardry, reflecting the medieval mindset.
    Independently made in the Highlands, Stories of Scotland is gratefully funded through listener support on Patreon. www.patreon.com/storiesofscotland
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    • 59 min
    Fireside Folklore: Pig Tales

    Fireside Folklore: Pig Tales

    Join Annie and Jenny on an oinking odyssey as they explore the role of the humble swine in Scottish folklore. We dive snout-first into discovering the folklore of the first boar in Scotland, some curious stories of how communities may or may not divide up their pigs, and some baffling bank robberies. We find some of the strangest stories featuring pigs for you, dear listeners. Prepare for plenty of porcine puns!
    Content warning: This episode contains mentions of decapitation, death, and bodies in a folklore context.
    Independently made in the Highlands, Stories of Scotland is gratefully funded through listener support on Patreon. www.patreon.com/storiesofscotland
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    • 35 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
174 Ratings

174 Ratings

Dunnikieral ,

Alnotal

Recently discovered this fantastic podcast and have started listening from the start. Love it. Thank you!

LJyarn2 ,

Stories of Scotland

I do like podcasts and this has been one of my most constant favourites. Interesting, funny and quirky, listening to Annie and Jennie is like listening to a big hug. It’s just the right mix of fact, fiction and fun, and gently manages to cheer me up whatever my mood. The content is generally really interesting and they mix in a lovely amount of folklore as well. Would highly recommend.

ottolenghi ,

Amazing show with great storytelling

I used to live in Scotland for a while but now moved back home to Germany. Missing Scotland everyday, I love listening to your magical stories and wonderful music to reminisce my time in this beautiful country.

Btw: I would love to have the names of and/or links to the music that plays in the background of the episodes.

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