35 episodes

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.

New episodes are regularly added so please ‘Subscribe’ and visit www.exclusivescottishvisits.co.uk to find out more.

Unique Scotland John Harbour

    • Society & Culture
    • 4.9 • 49 Ratings

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.

New episodes are regularly added so please ‘Subscribe’ and visit www.exclusivescottishvisits.co.uk to find out more.

    Scotland The People - The Scots are a hardy race, having suffered continuous invasion over the centuries. That's what makes them great....

    Scotland The People - The Scots are a hardy race, having suffered continuous invasion over the centuries. That's what makes them great....

    Scotland, this small nation of 5 million people is an incredible success story. No invader has ever defeated the Scots and, in more peaceful times, these people have shown to the world what an incredible nation of inventors, mathematicians, designers they are. This Podcast talks about the Scottish People, where they originate from, what are their historic roots and what has shaped their lives over thousands of years and also, what shapes their lives today. The Scots have always been a fierce proud race and this Podcast will give you an insight into where this total self-belief came from and why Scotland makes Britain Great.

    • 29 min
    Scotland The Country - What makes up this small but beautiful land

    Scotland The Country - What makes up this small but beautiful land

    Scotland the Country will give you an insight into this small but amazing country that you’ve probably never had before. You’ll be told of it’s earliest beginnings, how the land formed millions of years ago and how the land took the shape that we see today. It will tell you about the different parts of Scotland and how the landscape has shaped the lives of the people who live there and also why people live in the places that they do.
    Scotland’s beauty comes from the photogenic mountainous west coast with heather glens and deep lochs bordering the fierce Atlantic Ocean. On the east coast there are more rounded hills with salmon laden rivers leading down to the relatively benign North Sea that has kept fishermen busy for thousands of years… and all this in a Podcast – now you have to listen.

    • 23 min
    Scotland's NC500 (Part 5) - Durness to Corrishalloch Gorge

    Scotland's NC500 (Part 5) - Durness to Corrishalloch Gorge

    Scotland’s North Coast 500 was opened in 2015 and this 516 mile route has become a very popular travel destination. This, Part 5, of our tour will take us from Durness in North West Sutherland down through an extraordinary Geopark where geologists from all over the world come to visit. We will drive on to Laxford bridge and onto a ‘destitution’ road. We’ll cross the incredible Kylesku bridge before heading to the Assynt and Coigach are.
    We will pass through the town of Scourie and hear about General Mackay and his part in the Jacobite uprising. At Kylesku bridge you will hear of the wonderful memorial to the midget submariners who trained in this area during the war. We will drive around the northern part of the Assynt and Coigach area taking in the amazing mountains of Quinag, Suilven and Canisp. The ‘Cnoc and Lochan’ landscape (mountain and small lochs) is breath-taking. From there we will visit the 16th Century Ardrek castle and Calda House that was mysteriously burned down 10 years after its construction.
    We will drive on to Ullapool, the gateway to the Outer Hebrides before dropping down to see two superb 19th century tropical gardens and then visit the Corrishalloch Gorge which is an outstanding natural 1 mile gorge with crashing waterfalls.
    Come and join me on another Unique Scotland adventure and see some super photos on my website at www.exclusivescottishvisit.co.uk 

    • 49 min
    Scotland Tour - Edinburgh to St Andrews - Edinburgh castle sits on top of an extinct volcano (we hope) - hear about this iconic city and follow the tour to St Adrews

    Scotland Tour - Edinburgh to St Andrews - Edinburgh castle sits on top of an extinct volcano (we hope) - hear about this iconic city and follow the tour to St Adrews

    This Podcast takes you on a tour from Edinburgh to Inverness. It is the first part of a Tour Trilogy that will see you travel all the way from Edinburgh to Inverness and back, calling into some of the most iconic places in Scotland. This first part takes you from Edinburgh to St Andrews. You will be starting on the outskirts of the city of Edinburgh and on making you way in to the medieval centre, you will hear the story of how Edinburgh formed and what it looks like today. The castle takes centre stage and you will be given an introduction to this enormous fortress sitting on top of an extinct volcano.
    You will hear about the New town, an incredibly beautiful Georgian construction of 1770 and on leaving Edinburgh to head north you will hear about the new Queensferry crossing bridge just opened in 2018. You will travel through the Kingdom of Fife arriving at the home of Golf, St Andrews and learn about the amazing St Andrews Cathedral and why this was such an important place in the Middle Ages. Kate and William’s University gets a mention and, obviously, you will learn about the Old Course and the home of golf. A great start to your first mini tour of Scotland.

    • 28 min
    Isle of Skye (Part 1) - From Loch Ness to the Isle of Skye or the Misty Isle, one of the most beautiful and rugged islands in Scotland.

    Isle of Skye (Part 1) - From Loch Ness to the Isle of Skye or the Misty Isle, one of the most beautiful and rugged islands in Scotland.

    From Loch Ness to the Isle of Skye, or the Misty Isle as it is known, will take you on an atmospheric journey from the best known loch in the world to the best known island. Your tour will take you from Loch Ness past Glen Moriston and into Glen Shiel where you will hear about the famous battle of 1719 and the part that Spaniards played.
    You will visit the most photographed castle in Scotland, Eilean Donan, and call into the wonderful garden of Attadale near to Loch Carron. As you cross onto Skye, you will hear about Saucy Mary, a Norwegian Princess and visit her resting place at the top of a mountain. You will experience shimmering lochs, high mountain passes and wonderful scenery as well as the story of where the Scottish liqueur Drambuie came from - and much more!

    • 37 min
    SCOTCH WHISKY (Part 1) - Where did it all begin? Plus, Interview with Keeper of the Quaich, Ronnie Berry.

    SCOTCH WHISKY (Part 1) - Where did it all begin? Plus, Interview with Keeper of the Quaich, Ronnie Berry.

    This is the first of a three Part Series, walking you through the magical world of Whisky. This episode will focus on the history of the Amber Nectar, from where it originated, to the fabulous distilleries all over Scotland. It was not an easy journey and you can find out here how the beaurocracy was overcome and how the great whisky houses of today were formed.
    In addition we have the great pleasure of a Whisky expert and Keeper of the Quaich, Ronnie Berry joining us on this Podcast. Ronnie is a well known Whisky ambassador who has conducted Whisky tastings all over the world. Ronnie's business can be found on his website SCOTTISH WHISKY TOURS.

    • 55 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
49 Ratings

49 Ratings

Anya_W. ,

A wonderful travel podcast

Creative and engaging, the next best thing after actually traveling to Scotland in person!

Bee Kimura ,

Wonderful!

Vivid, informative and compelling commentary. Great sound quality and John has a fabulous voice. His telling of the locations I have been are very accurate. More episodes, please. With love from an Urquhart in Northern California ♥️

Carbsrule ,

A visual tour of Scotland in you imagination

John Harbour does an amazing job of painting pictures of Scotland in your mind. He is an incredible storyteller who goes behind the mythology to share the history and legends of Scotland. It is so much more than a travel guide, I just wish the podcast had been available before our trip last year. I also love the periodic updates on the news in Scotland through John’s wit and humor. Enjoy!

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