The History Scotland - Hidden Histories podcast sheds light on hidden historical gems around the country. Join Neil McLennan as he explores lesser-known visitor attractions across Scotland. Find out more about History Scotland magazine at www.history-scotland.com
Neil travels to Cabrach, described as 'a remote, sparsely populated upland area between the Cairngorms and the Moray Firth in the old county of Banffshire' which was once a 'thriving hub of an illicit whisky industry', and discovers more about the regeneration project to develop a working historical distillery and heritage centre and hears incredible stories of illicit whisky distilling and smuggling. www.historyscotland.com
In Dufftown there lies a hidden history gem in local guest house, Tannochbrae. Discover more about the guest house in the latest episode of the History Scotland podcast.Tannochbrae is a place perhaps best associated with the fictional village introduced to us through A.J. Cronin’s short stories, Dr Finlay’s casebook. It was described as “a snug little village on the lochside”. Dufftown’s own Tannochbrae can be considered equally snug, welcoming and hospitable. Tannochbrae Guest House in Dufftown also has a medical theme to it, as Neil found out when he met with owners James and Louise. Whilst staying at Tannochbrae Neil asked James about the history of his Victorian villa guesthouse which retains many of the charms of the era.
In this special podcast episode to mark the centenary of the Treaty of Versailles, Neil travels to the Palace of Versailles, just outside Paris, and reflects on the Scottish connections with this famous peace treaty, which finally brought an end to the hostilities that had shaken Europe in the previous years.
We take a visit to Dundee, first stopping off at the 120-year-old Malmaison Hotel (formerly Tay Hotel) in the city, and speak to GM Roula Samaha about the history, future and location of the building, just metres from the city's rejuvenated waterfront and the V&A Dundee.
We take a tour around Moray with Jim Royan, one of the area's leading heritage experts, before joining the celebrations as the ancient Scottish custom of Burning the Clavie takes place (to mark New Year's Eve in the Julian Calendar).
Our first stop in Argyll and Bute sees Neil visit a Victorian attraction with a difference, and meet the owners of the historic Glen Burn Hotel, Find out more about History Scotland at www.historyscotland.com
We take a step back into the 18th century into a typical weaver’s cottage, as we enjoy a guided tour around Sma' Shot Cottages, Paisley. Find out more about Scotland and its past at www.historyscotland.com
We look at the history of the Grand Central Hotel before taking a visit to the Paisley Thread Mill Museum, as our tour of Paisley continues. Find out more about Scottish history and heritage at www.historyscotland.com
Neil starts his Perthshire adventure in Scotland's top hotel, the Jewel in the Glen, Gleneagles. There he meets with the guest relations manager and hotel historian, Iris, before discussing the fusion of food and history with one of the world's top chefs.
Sir Tony Robinson explains his love of history and his personal connection with Scotland in a special edition of the History Scotland podcast. Plus, Neil also speaks to Chris Croly, Ali Cameron, Neil Curtis. Find out more about History Scotland at www.historyscotland.com
Neil visits Maggie's House and Castle of Park as his travels in Aberdeenshire come to an end. Start a 30-day no-risk trial subscription of History Scotland magazine today and get the latest issue free: http://scot.sh/his-free-trial
Neil McLennan begins his exploration of Inverness, starting at Culloden House, which was once played host to Bonnie Prince Charlie. Visit www.historyscotland.com for more details of History Scotland magazine.
In our fourth and final visit to the Stonehaven region, Neil speaks to David Ramsey and hears an evocative song from the pupils of Catterline School. Discover more about Scotland's colourful past in every issue of History Scotland magazine (www.historyscotland.com)
Neil McLennan continues his travels in Stonehaven, as he chats to photographer Andy Hall about Scottish author Lewis Grassic Gibbon. Find out more about History Scotland magazine at www.historyscotland.com
In the second episode of the History Scotland Hidden Histories podcast, Neil McLennan visits Stonehaven Tolbooth museum and finds out more about the world-famous new year fireballs. Discover more Scottish history with History Scotland magazine: www.historyscotland.com
In Episode 1 of the History Scotland - Hidden Histories Podcast, Neil McLennan explores lesser-known visitor attractions in and around Stonehaven in Aberdeenshire, taking in the famous fireball New Year celebrations. Find out more about History Scotland magazine at: www.history-scotland.com