6. Radical War 1820

Jenny and Annie have a look at a group of artisan weavers who inspired a strike of sixty thousand people in Glasgow and the industrial central belt.

This episode looks at the “Radical War” of 1820 and examines the causes of this civil uprising and the bloody aftermath.

Annie Gilfillan
5. Covesea Part 2: A Wizard, a Smuggler & a Wedding

In the second of a two-part adventure at Covesea caves, we look at the rumours of the Wizard of Gordonstoun who was said to have sold his soul for sacred knowledge.

 This episode discovers that Covesea caves were used by smugglers; who feed into a covert Jacobite network.

 We learn about Scottish Indigenous Travellers who passed through Covesea and think about the magic of stories in the caves.  

With thanks to Davie Donaldson.

Annie Gilfillan
4. Covesea Caves Part 1: Bronze Age Mortuary

In the first of a two-part exploration of Covesea caves, Jenny and Annie crawl into the Bronze Age to ponder why these caves were used for the curation of human bodies. Why did different people over different eras use the caves as a place of decapitation?

We look at Pictish carvings on the walls and admire the special ambience of the caves throughout time.

Annie Gilfillan
3. Loch Ness Part 2: Science & Innovation

In this second episode on Loch Ness we look at the landscape through the lenses of both science and mythology. We consider innovation on Loch Ness; from ancient crannogs to a 1950’s water speed record attempts.

We think about how tourism and technology combined to see a sudden surge in Nessie sightings, and muse about international Nessie comparisons.

Annie Gilfillan
2. Loch Ness Part 1: Monster mysticism & the Pictish Beast

Join us on a breathtaking journey through the history of Loch Ness. We explore the mysticism and legends of the Loch starting with Saint Columba’s confrontation with the Loch Ness monster. This episode unravels the importance of sea-beast symbols in Scotland’s ancient communities of Picts. We discover what has the Loch Ness monster has symbolised and meant to different generations of Highlanders over the centuries.

This is the first part of two episodes on Loch Ness.

Annie Gilfillan
1. Bothy Culture

In this first episode we consider the significance of bothies and delve into the dark pasts of bothies and the ballads that bothy workers would sing by the peat fires to warm their spirits. We think about what bothies are used for in modern Scotland and how they can help us spend more time enjoying nature and the outdoors, supporting both physical and mental wellbeing.

Annie Gilfillan