For the Love of Scotland is a podcast series from conservation charity, the National Trust for Scotland.
From coastlines to castles, art to architecture, wildlife to wilderness, the National Trust for Scotland cares for and protects some of Scotland's most significant places and spaces, allowing them to be enjoyed today while protecting them for future generations.
Hosted by former BBC Reporting Scotland anchor Jackie Bird, each episode will tell some of the thrilling stories behind the Trust’s people or places and showcase how everything they do is for the love of Scotland.
You can find out more about the National Trust for Scotland's work and how to support them at http://www.nts.org.uk.
Bruce's gamble: Robert the Bruce v Henry de Bohun
In this episode, our host Jackie Bird talks to Dr Callum Watson, Battle Coordinator at the Battle of Bannockburn visitor centre, about one of Robert the Bruce’s boldest gambles. Before the massed ranks of the English and Scottish armies on 23 June 1314, Bruce risked his life, his throne and Scotland’s independence in a moment of deadly single combat. We relive the Bruce v de Bohun and the fight which helped define the greatest King of Scots.
Family life inside The Hill House
In this episode, our host Jackie Bird is in Helensburgh, diving into family life inside The Hill House - Charles Rennie Mackintosh's domestic masterpiece. In this episode, Jackie learns all about The Hill House as a family home, with Taylah Egbers, Visitor Services Supervisor who shares an insight into the Blackie family who lived there.
Time travelling through Gladstone's Land
In this episode, our host Jackie Bird is in Edinburgh at one of the oldest buildings on the Royal Mile. Gladstone's Land is a six-storey tenement and has been a fixture on the Lawnmarket for 500 years. In this episode, Jackie travels through time, from the 16th Century to present day, with Dr Kate Stephenson to learn about the real-life stories of the people that lived at Gladstone's Land and the property's trading history.
Our CEO reflects on 90 years of the National Trust for Scotland
1 May marks a milestone birthday for the National Trust for Scotland. Founded in 1931, the charity has been safeguarding natural and built heritage across Scotland for 90 years. In this episode, Jackie is joined by Phil Long, the Chief Executive of the charity.
Seabird city: the colonies at St Abb's Head and Staffa
Every year, seabirds gather in their millions across Scotland after migrating from across the globe, and their arrival can signal the first signs of spring. In this episode, NTS Rangers Ciaran Hatsell and Emily Wilkins join Jackie Bird to talk about two great wildlife spectacles.
Safeguarding the Scotland we love with Stuart Brooks
A new alliance of organisations is working together to find out how we best react to the impact of climate change and safeguard the Scotland we love. In this episode, Jackie speaks to Stuart Brooks, the National Trust for Scotland’s Head of Conservation and Policy and co-chair of Scotland’s Landscape Alliance about the alliance's work and hopes for the country’s future.
Great edition to the much needed subject of Scottish history! I look forward to many more.