Podcast #023: Travel in Scotland

The Pentland Hills, in the lowlands of Scotland. A man hikes along a grassy footpath, barefoot, with a large backpack, under a bright but grey sky. He is surrounded by nothing much more than green rolling hills and a sense of calmness with the world.

Welcome to Episode 23 of my “Travel Tales From Beyond The Brochure” podcast.

Spring is in the air, and the weather’s getting better. Unfortunately we’re all stuck at home, unable to do anything but the merest bits of very local travel.

For that reason, maybe you should come away with me on a virtual exploration of all things Scotland. The scenery, the food, the wildlife, the history, and almost no mention of midges or rain at all. I promise. This follows on from last week’s episode about the Outer Hebrides.

Topics discussed in this episode then include:

  • Food, drink, and fitness update (I have beer and sandwiches, and it hurts less when I run)
  • Domestic travel for the rest of the year, then?
  • Nat’s first contribution – an accidental trip to Harris-and-Lewis
  • Anonymous contribution – their experience of the St Kilda archipelago
  • My regular childhood visits to Scotland each summer
  • Leanna’s contribution – growing up near Loch Fyne
  • My more recent visits to Scotland, including, er, Loch Fyne
  • Scottish food – the stereotype of deep-fried everything
  • Scottish food – the reality (fish, game, whisky)
  • The scenery in Scotland & how great it is to walk through
  • Becky’s contribution – hiking in Scotland and her memories of our #E2WChallenge Hike Across Great Britain
  • Nat’s second contribution – her passion for Glencoe
  • Fran’s contribution – Ben Nevis
  • Ruth’s contribution – finding sealife on a remote Scottish beach
  • Scotland’s varied wildlife – birds, mammals, sea creatures
  • Loch Ness and its Monster
  • Scotland’s History – Mummies and Syrian immigrants
  • The Vikings and King Magnus (III) Barefoot
  • How not to found a colony and lose your independence as a result
  • The Battle of Culloden, the Highland Clearances, and things best told by a Scottish history expert
  • Independence?

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.

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