Podcasts are a great way to travel from the comfort of your home and connect with places all around the world without having to get up from your sofa. Here are some of my favourite Scottish podcasts – the most binge-worthy shows from Scotland.
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Podcasts have become somewhat of a phenomenon lately. Current estimated are that there are about 850,000 active podcasts around the world and most people I know love listening to them on their daily way to work, while they hang the washing or when they are out and about for a walk.
Me included – I have fully caught-on to the podcast fever and subscribe to many shows I listen to on a daily or weekly basis.
And here’s the best news: there are many podcasts about Scotland too!
So if you are a Scotland-lover whether you are looking for travel inspiration or just a new way to connect with the country, here are 12 binge-worthy Scottish podcasts to listen to; as well as a few Scotland-themed episodes on other shows!
Great Podcasts from Scotland
Here are some amazing podcasts to listen to that are all about Scotland.
Wild for Scotland
Listening to podcasts wasn’t enough for me – I had to go launch my own!
Wild for Scotland is an immersive storytelling podcast that allows you to travel to Scotland through stories. Every episode features a travel story from my own adventures around Scotland, and a few practical tips to inspire future trips.
The show launches on 2 March 2021 and the first season is all about the Scottish isles. You can listen & subscribe anywhere you can find podcasts.
Stories of Scotland
Stories of Scotland is a brilliant and award-winning podcast about Scottish history. But if you think history might be a dry podcast subject, think again. Hosts Annie & Jenny are an absolute delight to listen to – especially Jenny’s amazing array of Scottish accents.
Each episode explores a different aspect of Scottish history or specific stories from Scotland’s past through archival research and banter. If you want a right good laugh, start with the episode “Cabbage Patch Murder of Inverness”.
Hosted by journalist and Edinburgh-tour guide Ryan Latto, Unearthed is a Scottish history podcast that dives into some of the darker histories of the country. Ryan has a real talent to connect historical topics with current issues and always finds such interesting guests.
Some of my favourite episodes include a double-decker on Scotland’s role in the trans-Atlantic slave trade and an in-depth discussion of the Highland Clearances.
BBC Scotland Outdoors
Scotland Outdoors is a podcast created from the live BBC radio show Out of Doors. Each week, hosts Euan McIlwraith and Mark Stephen discuss different topics related to Scotland’s great outdoors.
They welcome a variety of guests, take us on walks or bike rides in the Scottish countryside and introduce many hidden gems around the country. It’s always a super inspiring listen on the weekend.
Under the Tartan Sky
Produced and hosted by Scotland-lover Glen L. Moyer, Under the Tartan Sky is a podcast about all things Scotland. It only comes out once a month – not enough, if you ask me – but there is a big back catalogue to binge on.
Each episode focusses on a different topic. Some of my recent faves are a show on the Scottish wildcat and one on the Eriskay pony breed.
What we do in the Winter
The podcast What we do in the Winter is a show about life on the islands and what people there get up to, especially in the winter.
It is a community podcast through and through and gives listeners the opportunity to meet people from the local communities on Mull, Iona, Ulva and Gometra.
Scotland – A Scottish History Podcast
With episodes ranging from 5 to 25 minutes, Scotland – A Scottish History Podcast delivers bite-sized stories from Scottish history and insights into how they shaped Scottish society. The show is written and produced by Michael Park.
One of my favourite recent episodes is “Edinburgh Seven” which tells the story of the first women to graduate from med school in Edinburgh.
Malt Whisky Trail podcast
If you’re into whisky – and from the Speyside particularly – give a listen to the Malt Whisky Trail Podcast. The show travels round the Spyside whisky region to hear from experts of the industry, learn about the history of Scottish whisky and discover the hidden gems of the Malt Whisky Trail.
Life in Scotland
Hosted by fellow travel blogger Yvette Webster and her partner Craig, Life in Scotland is a podcast about what it’s like to live in Scotland.
They are just a few episodes in, but the topics span life, culture and travel in Scotland.
Scotland Starts Here podcast
If you have ever wondered, whether it’s worth to visit the South of Scotland, look no further than the Scotland Starts Here podcast!
Produced by the local tourism association, this show is all about the natural beauty, heritage, and culture of Midlothian, the Scottish Borders and Drumfries & Galloway.
New episodes are coming in Spring 2021!
Presented by fellow travel blogger Neil Robertson and produced by VisitScotland, 100,000 Welcomes is a podcast about Scotland and its people.
There are 5 episodes focussing on Nature, Culture, Food & Drink, Adventure and Scotland on Screen.
For the Love of Scotland
For the Love of Scotland is a podcast by the National Trust for Scotland.
Hosted by Jackie Bird, the show tells the stories of the Trust’s places and people as well as the work it does.
Great podcast episodes about Scotland
Of course, Scotland has also been featured on many other podcasts. Here are some great episodes of travel and adventure podcasts that travel to Scotland.
- Scotland, Hiking & Feminism with Kathi Kamleitner on So She Travels
- Scotland: MisInfoNation – Haggis, Braveheart and Unicorns on Passport
- Zahrah Mahmood on The Outdoors Fix
- Glasgow, Scotland with Kathi Kamleitner on Part of Something Greater (formerly The Postcard Academy)
- Scotland on Where to Go
- Walking the West Highland Way on Jump
- The Flying Scots Woman with Gemma Armit on The Global Travel Channel Podcast Show
- Exploring Scotland with Janice Hopper on The Global Travel Channel Podcast Show
- The European Excursion with Kathi Kamleitner on The Global Travel Channel Podcast Show
I hope I’ve convinced you to jump on the podcast bandwagon and listen to some of these shows.
Is there a Scotland podcast (or episode) you love that is missing from this list? Tell us about it in the comments!