Scotland's Year of Stories 2022

VisitScotland / Kenny Lam


August is a rich month for events in Scotland’s history and members of the Scottish Tourist Guides Association can now tell you some of the amazing stories behind them.

Keep coming back to this page as we will be adding new stories regularly and we don’t want you to miss out.

Mary Queen of Scots' daring escape from Loch Leven Castle

Sheila May tells the story of Mary Queen of Scots’ daring escape from Loch Leven Castle on 2nd May 1568.

The Maiden Voyage of Henry Bell's "Comet"

Henry Bell’s “Comet” was the first commercial steamship in Europe, and its arrival had a profound effect on many aspects of lives. Hear why it was built and what some of these effects were with Stewart Noble.

The Battle of Garelochhead

“The Battle” of Garelochhead in 1853 is not a story that is recounted in military history books. In Scotland at that time the Church was very concerned to ensure that the 4th of the 10 Commandments in the Bible was observed, namely to “Remember the Sabbath day and keep it holy.”

Robert the Bruce's Heart Goes Into Battle

King Robert the Bruce of Scotland died in 1329. The following year his heart was taken into battle against the Moors in the south of Spain. Watch this video to learn the astonishing story of why it went there and what happened to it subsequently.

Live Virtual Tours

Every Monday Blue Badge guides Joe Harrower and Mike Turpie are out telling stories on a live Facebook broadcast. To find out more visit their Facebook Page below, Piping Scot Tours.

Scottish Blethers Podcast

Blue Badge Guides Helen Houston, Liz Lister and Susan Brown also tell stories in their weekly Scottish Blethers podcast which can be found on all major podcast platforms:

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