Scotland's Year of Stories 2022

VisitScotland / Kenny Lam


July 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.

Dolly the Sheep

Maggie MacRae tells the story of Dolly the Sheep, the first mammal to have been successfully cloned from an adult cell on 5 July 1996.

College of Surgeons

In July 1505 the Edinburgh College of Surgeons was incorporated. The resulting history of medicine in Edinburgh has been bloody, innovative and on occasion, controversial! Hear some of the (sometimes gory) stories narrated by the Kilted Guide, Jim Leslie. 

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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