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Stories of Scotland is a multi-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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    • 4.9 • 63 Ratings

Stories of Scotland is a multi-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.

    A Hilarious History of the Haggis: Burns Night Special

    A Hilarious History of the Haggis: Burns Night Special

    In this episode, Jenny MacHaggis and Annie MacNeep explore the rich history of mythologies, legends and recipes of Scotland’s national dish: the haggis.
    We look at the ingredients in a Victorian haggis and blether about what folklore of the wild haggis tell us about Scottish identity. What is the old legend of how the haggis freed Scotland? Is that haggis related to the bagpipe?
    We’ve used the Scottish Poetry Library to find Address to a Haggis by Robert Burns. The Victorian Haggis Recipe came from the Dumfries Herald of 1864 and the haggis legends came from the Montrose Standard of 1925 and a selection of other Scottish local newspapers. You can listen to a haggis making oral history on Tobar an Dualchais here: www.tobarandualchais.co.uk/en/fullrecord/106790 or a haggisy song here: www.tobarandualchais.co.uk/en/fullrecord/48899 .
    Stories of Scotland is a multi-award winning Scottish history podcast, proudly recorded in Inverness in the Highlands. We research our heritage and mythology podcast using archives, books, museum objects, and oral histories from across Scotland.
    You can support Stories of Scotland on Patreon! www.patreon.com/storiesofscotland

    • 33 min
    Northern Lights & the Battle of Flodden

    Northern Lights & the Battle of Flodden

    Jenny and Annie take a dance across the mythologies of the northern lights of Scotland. Upon finding their Scots legends of the aurora borealis, they end up rather unexpectedly in the Battle of Flodden: a battle said to have been written in the sky.
    For this episode, we used the books: Rock-bound: a Story of the Shetland Isles by Jessie Margaret Edmondston Saxby published in 1877 and Fatal Rivalry, Flodden 1513 by George Goodwin published in 2013. We read extracted from the Fife Herald published on 3rd May 1838, the poem of Flodden by W E Ayton from Harper's new monthly magazine volume 28, and the song Northern Lights of Old Aberdeen by Mary Webb.
    We also retold this oral history from George Peterson: www.tobarandualchais.co.uk/en/fullrecord/77252
    Stories of Scotland is a multi-award winning Scottish history podcast, proudly recorded in Inverness in the Highlands. We research our heritage and mythology podcast using archives, books, museum objects, and oral histories from across Scotland.
    You can support Stories of Scotland on Patreon! www.patreon.com/storiesofscotland

    • 36 min
    Christmas Special: Highland Yule Traditions

    Christmas Special: Highland Yule Traditions

    In this episode, Annie and Jenny take a festive Yuletide jaunt around Christmas time traditions in Scotland. We take a look at the almost completely lost highland tradition of the Clach an Groait stone, the world famous Orkney Ba tournament, and an old lady and her festive pig. This time of year is dark and cold, but these historic tales will warm your toes by the peat fire with kindness and generosity.

    For the wheelbarrow Christmas theiving and Clach an Groait lore, we read the Inverness Courier from 1843. For the Christmas pig oral history, listen here: www.tobarandualchais.co.uk/en/fullrecord/178
    Stories of Scotland is a multi-award winning Scottish history podcast, proudly recorded in Inverness in the Highlands. We research our heritage and mythology podcast using archives, books, museum objects, and oral histories from across Scotland. 

    You can support Stories of Scotland on Patreon!www.patreon.com/storiesofscotland

    • 35 min
    Scottish Lighthouse Mysteries

    Scottish Lighthouse Mysteries

    The Scottish coastline is dotted with magnificent lighthouses. These bright beacons of safety have protected sea vessels for centuries, guiding them through the rough and rocky waters that surround the country. In this episode we take a look at Robert Stevenson and his lighthouse building dynasty, with a focus on Bell Rock Lighthouse, one of the greatest engineering feats of the 19th century. We also explore the mystery of the Flannan Isles Lighthouse disappearances, where three lighthouse keepers mysteriously vanished one dark and stormy night. 

    Stories of Scotland is a multi-award winning Scottish history podcast, proudly recorded in Inverness in the Highlands. We research our heritage and mythology podcast using archives, books, museum objects, and oral histories from across Scotland. 

    You can support Stories of Scotland on Patreon!www.patreon.com/storiesofscotland

    • 36 min
    Viking Scotland: Norse Mythology in the Highlands and Islands

    Viking Scotland: Norse Mythology in the Highlands and Islands

    Annie and Jenny sail a Viking longship over to the coasts of Caithness and Shetland to discover the impact of Norse culture on Scottish legends.

    First stop is in Shetland, where we look at the ancient relations between Picts and Vikings and the mythology of the trow, a very small supernatural being who lives in the ancient monuments and under the hills of the island.

    Next, we uncover a strange oral history about the Viking robbing a beloved cow from a Shetland woman, and her brutal revenge.

    Finally, we listen to the violent Darraðarljóð of the Njáls saga, of Valkyries weaving a cloth of battle and death in Caithness. Join us to find out the connection between Vikings, Norse culture and the Far North of Scotland.

    Annie is recording remotely from inside a wardrobe so we apologise for her sound quality, it will be improved in the next episode.

    • 34 min
    Skara Brae: A Neolithic Village in Orkney

    Skara Brae: A Neolithic Village in Orkney

    Jenny has just returned from a holiday to Orkney and shares her experiences of visiting Skara Brae, a beautifully preserved stone age village.
    Annie uncovers the early archaeology of the site, and Jenny imagines what the lives of people were like 5000 years ago.
    They find a light-hearted ghost neolithic ghost story and wonder about the beliefs and superstitions of our ancient ancestors.
    Jenny and Annie highlight the imminent risk to Skara Brae from the climate crisis, and the fears that this incredible stone age settlement could be lost to coastal erosion.
    We used the following articles for researching this episode:
    Notice of Ruins of Ancient Dwellings at Skara, Bay of Skaill, in the Parish of Sandwich, Orkney, recently excavated by George Petrie;
    Final Report on the Operations at Skara Brae with a Report on Selected Animal Bones and a Report on Human Remains by Vere Gordon Childe;
    Storm and Stone- Accidental Archaeology at Skara Brae in Orkney by Virginia Zimmerman.
    Information about the storms of 1850 came from the John O’ Groat Journal published in that year.
    For visiting Skara Brae please check details on the Historic Environment Scotland website.

    • 36 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
63 Ratings

63 Ratings

ValerieB78 ,

Lovely wee podcast

I love the daft jokes they have with each other and the way they laugh at their own jokes! Also, the content is interesting and the theme tune gets stuck in my head.

StoriesScotland ,

Great podcast

Excellent history podcast with charasmatic hosts. This podcast makes my whole family want to move north to the Highlands!

lestersquare ,

All of it

Simply brilliant. Can you do one on, “the year of the meikle spate”?

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