Scotland's Year of Stories 2022

VisitScotland / Kenny Lam


May 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.

Whisky – The Water of Life

Join Blue Badge Guide Ranald Shepherd as he tells the story of Scotch Whisky.

The Siege of St Andrews Castle

477 years ago protestant reformers led by Norman Leslie of Rothes gained access to St Andrews Castle to avenge the execution of George Wishart by Cardinal Beaton. Their summary execution of Cardinal Beaton kicked of an 18 month siege – a key moment in the Scottish Reformation.

A modern day Leslie, Jim Leslie, the Kilted Guide, tells the story of the siege in this video produced as part of Scotland’s Year of Stories

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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