Podcast #022: Outer Hebrides

A remote, empty, road disappears straight into the distance, below a grey, moody, sky. One building lies on the left side; the world otherwise is a bleak, remote, coastal moorland.  This is North Uist, in the Outer Hebrides of Scotland.

Welcome to Episode 22 of my “Travel Tales From Beyond The Brochure” podcast.

This episode gives an overview of what I found when I visited the Outer Hebrides of Scotland last summer for a couple of weeks. It’s the first in another two-parter; next week will look more at Scotland in general, including a couple of contributions from Tweeps about the Hebrides. This episode is another one of those which is purely my voice.

I go over some of the highlights of the island group, including the weather, the scenery, part of the vast history, religion, and a few of the quirkier things I found on my visit.

In personal updates at the start of the pod, rather than talking about what I’ve done recently, I give a potted history of my experiences of radio, especially radio comedy. It all makes sense, I think.

I may have sampled something I probably shouldn’t have done for this episode.

Warning: contains singing.

Topics discussed in this episode then include:

  • An overview of my history of listening to radio, and why I like it
  • My preferences for comedy on the radio
  • Why I see my attempts at humour as being like ‘the straight man in a chaotic world’
  • Mark Steel
  • Easter Sunday – a run and some home-delivered beer
  • I have created my Patreon page [see below]
  • The many islands of the Outer Hebrides
  • Stereotypes and the Hebridean weather
  • Berneray’s beaches – good enough for Thailand
  • The barefoot paradise of South Uist
  • Machair and flood plains
  • Mountains and my pathetic acknowlegement of their existence
  • The religious divide
  • Ancient sites of North Uist
  • Ancient and modern sites of Lewis
  • Whisky Galore!
  • Beaches aren’t just for walking, but also flying

You can listen via the feed above, or via Spotify, or on your podcast app of choice 🙂 Let me know if it isn’t, by the way, and I’ll see what I can do.

As always, if you have anything to say about the topic, or indeed about my podcasting in general, leave a comment or let me know. There is a Facebook group for my podcast that you’re free to join: Click here!

I also now have a Patreon! If you like what you hear, and want to access exclusive content (or just to show your appreciation), then head on over to my page and donate to me! For this pod, I did a mini-podcast recording about the St Kilda group – summarised on this blog post.

There are no contributions this week, but I have some lined up next time (including a couple about the Outer Hebrides) in a more general pod about Scotland.

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