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100,000 listener landmark for History Scotland’s Hidden Histories podcast


It’s been an amazing year for History Scotland’s Hidden Histories podcast, written and presented by Neil McLennan, senior lecturer at the University of Aberdeen.

History Scotland can reveal that we’ve now reached (and surpassed!) the 100,000 listener landmark, as well as receiving a recommendation as a top Scottish history podcast from PlayFM.

Since 2017, Neil has travelled the length and breadth of Scotland, uncovering lesser-known stories about the country’s past, and talking to ‘history heroes’ who present and preserve this history for everyone to enjoy.

The most recent episodes include:

  • Eilean Donan Castle and Auldearn Battlefield
  • Dundee and the University of Dundee Museum
  • A tour of Moray, with the burning of the Clavie

Reflecting on the series, Neil McLennan said: When we launched the first 'Year of History Hidden History' podcast from the Stonehaven fireballs on 1st January 2017 we knew we were on to something.  Since then interest has grown greatly and runs into a third year. 

‘It is one of the few podcast series to run for this long and also to capture the voices and histories of so many across the country.  I get emails from followers across the world and, as a result, have become good friends with VisitScotland that is for sure!  Hopefully current and new followers continue to find them useful to find out stories that they might not otherwise know about in Scotland and it encourages them to delve deeper into our hidden history.’

Explore the episodes today

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Image of Eilean Donan castle copyright Tomas Hellberg


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