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John Harbour, from www.exclusivescottishvisits.co.uk, is your trusted, expert guide on the Unique Scotland podcast. These carefully crafted, impeccably researched programmes connect you with this small but beautiful land. You’ll be introduced to the land itself, the people, and discover what makes them tick. John then takes you on virtual tours of every part of Scotland, from the Borders, to the Lowlands and then onto the Highlands and Islands. The craggy mountains as well as the beautiful white sandy beaches. Along the way, John covers the customs, traditions and culture, including the Clans - perhaps yours - and the part they played in the bloody Clan Wars. New episodes are regularly added so please ‘Subscribe’ and visit www.exclusivescottishvisits.co.uk to find out more.

John Harbour, from www.exclusivescottishvisits.co.uk, is your trusted, expert guide on the Unique Scotland podcast. These carefully crafted, impeccably researched programmes connect you with this small but beautiful land. You’ll be introduced to the land itself, the people, and discover what makes them tick. John then takes you on virtual tours of every part of Scotland, from the Borders, to the Lowlands and then onto the Highlands and Islands. The craggy mountains as well as the beautiful white sandy beaches. Along the way, John covers the customs, traditions and culture, including the Clans - perhaps yours - and the part they played in the bloody Clan Wars. New episodes are regularly added so please ‘Subscribe’ and visit www.exclusivescottishvisits.co.uk to find out more.

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John Harbour, from www.exclusivescottishvisits.co.uk, is your trusted, expert guide on the Unique Scotland podcast. These carefully crafted, impeccably researched programmes connect you with this small but beautiful land. You’ll be introduced to the land itself, the people, and discover what makes them tick. John then takes you on virtual tours of every part of Scotland, from the Borders, to the Lowlands and then onto the Highlands and Islands. The craggy mountains as well as the beautiful white sandy beaches. Along the way, John covers the customs, traditions and culture, including the Clans - perhaps yours - and the part they played in the bloody Clan Wars. New episodes are regularly added so please ‘Subscribe’ and visit www.exclusivescottishvisits.co.uk to find out more.

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@esvjohn

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English


Episodes

Scotland’s North Coast 500 (Part 2) - 2000 year old Brochs, fabulous beaches, a Royal Scandal..

1/13/2021
Scotland’s North Coast 500 was opened in 2015 and this 516 mile route has become a popular travel destination. This, Part 2, of our tour will take us from Dornoch to Wick on the east coast of northern Scotland. You will cross Loch Fleet and see an old Thomas Telford bridge (early 1800s) which has an incredible sluice gate system to allow the river to exit but stops the sea water from entering the river Fleet. You will visit the attractive seaside town of Golspie and, as lovely as it is, the...

Duration:00:38:57

Scotland’s North Coast 500 (Part 1) Craggy cliffs, spectacular beaches and fabulous 700 year old castles – join the virtual tour!

12/20/2020
Scotland’s North Coast 500 was opened in 2015 and has been a great success. This, Part 1, of a virtual tour will take us from Inverness to Dornoch on the east coast of northern Scotland. We will cross the Kessock bridge and the Black Isle to Tain, the oldest Royal Burgh in Scotland. A visit to Glenmorangie distillery may tempt some before crossing the Cromarty Firth with its wonderful wildlife and superb views. On our way north there is another Firth to cross at Dornoch and we will be...

Duration:00:42:21

LETTER FROM SCOTLAND – Travel and Tourism to restart with COVID breakthrough – A new vaccine breaks the deadlock.

11/23/2020
It is a mixed bag this week and this newsletter starts off with reports on the COVID situation in the UK and Scotland in particular, including the political ramifications on the different priorities of the Devolved Governments that make up the UK. Exciting news as this Newsletter was being recorded that a working Vaccine has been found with 90% efficacy. Fantastic news for the travel industry and for those who have been locked down for too long. This Newsletter also mentions the Outlander...

Duration:00:39:09

Final part Inverness to Gairloch – fabulous beaches, Botanical gardens, Russian convoys… Scotland’s west coast has seen it all.

11/8/2020
In this episode, you will travel from Gruinard House and Gardens and follow the coastal road hugging the sea loch Ewe and loch Gairloch before returning to Inverness, via Loch Maree, on this last leg of our journey. The Island of Gruinard on Loch Ewe has a dark secret to unlock while the loch itself has an amazing past connection with the ill fated PQ Russian convoys. The glorious INVEREWE Gardens returns some semblance of peace and normality to the area. As you arrive in Altbea, there is a...

Duration:00:32:35

Travel from INVERNESS to the Gairloch and return to experience the wonderful mountainous Wester Ross.

10/24/2020
In this Part 3 of Inverness to the Gairloch, we leave the city and head north over the Kessock Bridge onto the Black Isle then west towards Loch Ewe, passing amazing sights such as the Corrieshalloch Gorge. We pass a man made lake, now part of a hydro scheme and hear how a lost world has re-appeared due to the dry weather in the Highlands. We will walk the white sandy beach of Gruinard Bay and hear about Gruidard House and Gardens.

Duration:00:22:53

Executions in the Old High Church graveyard seems barbaric but that is part of Inverness’ legacy after the battle of Culloden…

10/9/2020
Inverness part 1 gave you an overview of the area and history of the town. In this Podcast Inverness part 2, you will walk the streets of Inverness to hear about the prominent historic buildings and be told of some of the stories behind these iconic structures. From St Columba in the 6th Century to Lord Lovat (Simon Fraser) executed after the Battle of Culloden in the 18th Century – as they say if the walls could talk. There is, however, enough historical evidence to give you a real feel for...

Duration:00:27:14

Inverness has a rather sad and bloody history, caused mainly by its strategic location at the head of the Great Glen and countless armies trying to control the area. St Columba, Macbeth and Malcolm, Robert the Bruce, Oliver Cromwell and Bonnie Prince Char

9/26/2020
Inverness dates back to the 6th Century and is chronicled in the Biography of St Columba by Adomnan his scribe. The first reference to the Loch Ness Monster is recorded here when St Columba was asked by the locals to rid the loch of a terrible monster that was terrorising the fishermen and those living by the lochside. But there is so much more to Inverness and its surrounds and you can hear all about it in this three part series from Inverness to Gairloch.

Duration:00:18:07

Why is the most high profile Sex Scandal enquiry in Scotland receiving so little attention in Scotland’s Media, especially the BBC? It’s these matters that Letter from Scotland gets to the bottom of on behalf of the Scottish People.

9/18/2020
If you love Scotland or are simply intrigued by this small independently minded, bagpipe blowing, haggis eating, caber tossing, tartan kilted nation then you will be interested in the news and views of it's people, the media and its politicians. Letter from Scotland gives the thinking man and woman a local perspective of what makes this tiny country tick. Scotland, with its population of 5 1/2 million which is only a quarter the size of the New York City metro area, has an incredible impact...

Duration:00:33:36

OUTLANDER and Monty Python fans unite! Close to Stirling Castle is the magnificent Doune castle where history and modern fiction come together. So what do Jamie and Claire of Outlander and King Bedevere, Monty Python's English King, have in common.

9/11/2020
Stirling castle was an extremely important Royal residence for hundreds of years. Close by, in the small town of Doune, is an equally impressive castle, Doune castle, with its own bloody history. This castle has shot to fame recently because of the popular Outlander series where Jamie and Claire first met. Monty Python lovers will also enjoy the story of Doune where the filming took place. This Podcast journeys from the Trossachs, through Dunblane and talks of the Battle of Sheriffmuir. We...

Duration:00:28:11

Reverend Kirk died on a hillside in Aberfoyle in mysterious circumstances, just one of the stories from a stunning part of Scotland, the Trossachs. Rob Roy, the Scottish vagabond, also roamed this part of Scotland and made his name evading the law. Was he

8/28/2020
The Trossachs is a naturally beautiful part of lowland Scotland and, to some extent, mirrors the beauty of the Highlands with it lochs, glens and mountains. But it is some of the stories connected with this part of the world that draw thousands of visitors each year. The stories of fairies and a book written by a clergyman who truly believed in their existence, and strange happenings just after the book was published. Hear about Rob Roy, Scotland's vagabond, and the famous Loch Katrine...

Duration:00:30:23

One of Scotland's epic songs, The Skye Boat song, heralds the arrival of Bonnie Prince Charlie to the Island of Skye. Follow the route that he took and, in so doing, see where it all started.

8/23/2020
This Podcast takes us from the Isle of Skye to the mainland where we land at Mallaig, a small fishing port. The port is home to the Mallaig train station and became famous for the filming of the Harry Potter train, the Hogwarts Express, and you can travel on the very same steam train that travels between Mallaig and Fort William. I will be dropping my guests at the train station and making my way along the parallel road to meet them at their destination. They will cross the famous Glenfinnan...

Duration:00:26:04

LETTER FROM SCOTLAND - Hard hitting, gloves off look at topical news of issues in UK and Scotland in particular

8/14/2020
When a Scottish Politician calls a world leader a delusional bully with dangerous conspiracy theories, who could he be talking about. Just one of the topics to listen to on this roundup of what is affecting Scotland today - from Covid to Politics to the Royal Family and much more with a tale of human kindness to end with a special plea to Mr Turmp!

Duration:00:29:43

WHISKY 3 - One of Scotland’s top Whisky experts, Charles Maclean, divulges his favourite whisky…. You will be surprised! You may also be surprised to hear of his role in the Ken Loach film, the Angel’s Share and there is much more to discover.

8/7/2020
Master of the Quaich and entry to the Whisky Hall of Fame is bestowed upon only the best of the best and Charles Maclean fits that category. With 18 books under his belt, founding member of the Whisky magazine, Whisky correspondent for Scottish Field and host of a Whisky TV channel, it was a delight to interview this true whisky connoisseur who did not hold back during our discussion. As a prelude to the interview, I look at different whiskies around the world and also the whisky regions of...

Duration:00:56:30

WHISKY 2 - Have Whisky producers something to hide? Why are Age Statements starting to disappear from some bottles? In this Episode I will be looking at the Production side of the Whisky business and delving into the recesses of Scotland’s distilleries.

7/31/2020
To find that some distilleries are producing No Age Statement (NAS) bottles of whisky is rather disturbing especially after years of being told that one must "look out for the number - know your age - know your Whisky". This will be discussed after a look at how cool spring water is turned into the amber nectar known as the Single Malt whisky. You will also learn to read a label and come to understand the difference between a Single Malt and a Blended whisky. There is also a story of one...

Duration:00:31:47

SCOTCH WHISKY Part 1

7/24/2020
This is the first of a three Part Series, walking you through the magical world of Whisky. This episode will focus on the history of the Amber Nectar, from where it originated, to the fabulous distilleries all over Scotland. In addition we have the great pleasure of a Whisky expert and Keeper of the Quaich, Ronnie Berry joining us on this Podcast. Ronnie is a well known Whisky ambassador who has conducted Whisky tastings all over the world. Ronnie's business can be found on his website...

Duration:00:55:09

Tour of SKYE - Part 3

7/17/2020
From Loch Snizort you will travel up to the Waternish Ridge and stop by a Fairy Bridge with tales of a Macleod Clan Chief who married a fairy. The trip up Waternish will bring you to Trumpan Church, an eerie place reflecting a terrible tragedy and, nearby, the site of the Battle of the Spoiling Dyke. From there you will drive on to Dunvegan and take in the splendid Dunvegan Castle before taking time to visit Talisker distillery. On the tour you will visit the magical Fairy Pools with the...

Duration:00:39:15

LETTER FROM SCOTLAND - Hard hitting, gloves off look at topical news of issues in UK and Scotland in particular

7/10/2020
Letter from Scotland is a no holds barred commentary on topical news items affecting Scotland . It you an insight into what is going on in Scotland and around the rest of the UK in the Media. It brings you up to date with the issues of the day, both local and national including the more controversial issues affecting Scotland's Politics. It is short and sharp and will give you a good taste for the items making the news

Duration:00:11:35

Isle of Skye Tour - Part 2

7/3/2020
In travelling around the north of Skye, you will be standing in some of most stunning scenery in Scotland. The Trotternish ridge is breath-taking and as you visit the high cliff at Kilt Rock, you will also hear of prehistoric monster fossils found on a beach nearby. You will visit the Skye museum of Island Life and hear how people lived in the 17th and 18th centuries. Nearby is the resting place of Flora Macdonald, a Scottish heroine, who is well remembered for her part in saving the...

Duration:00:36:57

ISLE OF SKYE TOUR - PART 1

6/26/2020
From Loch Ness to the Isle of Skye, or the Misty Isle as it is known, will take you on an atmospheric journey from the best known loch in the world to the best known island. Your tour will take you from Loch Ness past Glen Moriston and into Glen Shiel where you will hear about the famous battle of 1719 and the part that Spaniards played. You will visit the most photographed castle in Scotland, Eilean Donan, and call into the wonderful garden of Attadale near to Loch Carron. As you cross...

Duration:00:37:41

Scotland - Customs and Traditions - Part 1

6/19/2020
Kilts, bagpipes, tossing the caber and eating haggis are just some of the extraordinary Customs and Traditions of Scotland, a small but wonderful country with more sheep than people! If you want to know why an enormous kilted Scotsman would want to through a tree trunk across a field, then do listen. What exactly is a haggis and how can you catch one? Where does the Scots Tartan originate? It is all here in this Podcast. You will hear some traditional Scottish music and discover the origins...

Duration:00:36:45