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The Imagine Alba Podcast: Bringing Scotland to You


A podcast about the history, people and landscapes of Scotland.


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A podcast about the history, people and landscapes of Scotland.






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Scottish Curling

Curling is one of Scotland's national sports, but was it invented here, and how do you play? As we cheer on the Scottish led Curling Team GB compete at the 2022 Olympics in Bejing, we "hurry hard" and imagine...the very Scottish past time of curling. Find extras on this episode at


Kilmartin Glen

Kilmartin Glen in Argyll is ground zero for one of Britain's most important archaeological landscapes. Join us as we explore 5,000 years of Scottish history.


A Highland Clearance: The Ballad of Arichonan Part 2

In Part 2 of our podcast, A Highland Clearance: The Ballad of Arichonan, we tell how one community fought back in the story of Argyll, Scotland's notorious clearance riot. Find out more about the Highland Clearances, see images and get extras on the podcast at


A Highland Clearance: The Ballad of Arichonan

We discuss one of the most notorious chapters in the history of Scotland, the Highland Clearances, through the experience of one Argyll community. Find extras at


Did Scotland Invent Halloween?

Transylvania may have Dracula and Salem may have witches, but is Scotland arguably the home of Halloween? On this episode, we explore how a Gaelic harvest festival transformed into an $8 billion dollar spooktacular holiday as we…imagine Halloween. For extras on this episode, visit


A Scottish Wedding: Marriage Traditions in Scotland

On this episode, we celebrate Valentine’s Day with an exploration of wedding traditions in Scotland. We share the ways couples here tie the knot (literally!) and other unique Scottish customs, plus tips on planning your own Scottish wedding, from the blackening ceremony to the wardrobe to the last dance. Thanks for listening! For extras on this episode,visit


Robert Burns Night

On this episode, we explore the Scottish tradition of Burns Night with our own Ode to Rabbie. Plus we preview Glasgow's Celtic Connections, one of Europe's leading trad and roots festivals. Thanks for listening, and please visit the page for this episode on our website for more information, including recipes, poems and photos. Find extras on this episode at


Winter Celebrations in Scotland

Welcome to the Imagine Alba Festcast! Scotland celebrates all winter long, with unique celebrations that kick off with fireworks on Bonfire Night on November 5 and culminate in Burns’ Night on January 25. On the special holiday episode of the Imagine Alba podcast, we are going to share the highlights of the festive season, so that whether you are Scottish, or just Scottish at heart, no matter where you are in the world you can enjoy the spirit of the season! Vist for extras on this epiosde.


An Introduction

In our first episode, we introduce ourselves, answer the question "Why Scotland" and talk about what you can expect on the podcast. Thanks for listening! Visit for extras on this episode.