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An exterior view of Newhailes in the winter snow
Newhailes in the snow
Hosted by former BBC Reporting Scotland anchor Jackie Bird, each episode tells some of the thrilling stories behind the Trust’s people and places, showcasing how everything we do is for the love of Scotland.

Season two

The big winter clean-up at Newhailes

All across Scotland, National Trust for Scotland staff are making the most of the winter months to clean, conserve and maintain the properties in their care. For this episode, Jackie Bird heads to the Enlightenment mansion of Newhailes where she meets Visitor Services Supervisor Eleni Kolokytha to learn about the rhythms, rituals and routines of keeping Trust places amazing for generations to come.

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Digging for whisky history

Who doesn’t love a dram? Call it uisge beatha, the water of life, whisky … Scotland’s national drink is known worldwide as a very special part of our culture. But what does it have to do with archaeological digs and the National Trust for Scotland? In this episode, Jackie Bird chats with Trust archaeologist Dr Daniel Rhodes and The Glenlivet’s Master Distiller Alan Winchester about Pioneering Spirit, a unique project to unearth the real history of whisky.

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Go wild this winter

If you haven’t dug your walking boots out recently, you will by the time you’ve listened to this episode! Jackie Bird hears from rangers Ciaran Hatsell and Ruth Alexander about the National Trust for Scotland’s cold weather wonderlands that are great for body, mind and soul – from Perthshire’s big tree country to the seal pups of St Abb’s Head NNR.

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Meet the ghosts of Culross

For a special Halloween episode Jackie Bird follows in the path of blockbusting TV series Outlander to the historic village of Culross, where she finds out why some former residents can still be encountered today. Visitor Services Supervisor (and expert in all things supernatural) Linda Whiteford is her guide.

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How Holmwood came back to life

It took three years, copious amounts of gold leaf and a team with a keen eye for detail, but now Alexander Greek Thomson’s domestic masterpiece of Holmwood is restored and in full glory. Jackie Bird asks curator Emma Inglis just why the Glasgow home is so special.

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Season one

The smugglers’ caves of Culzean

Jackie Bird gets her headtorch on to explore the caves of Culzean with Head of Archaeology Derek Alexander.

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Climate lessons at Mar Lodge Estate

In this episode, Jackie Bird chats to the Trust’s Conservation Manager Shaila Rao about the vital regeneration taking place at Mar Lodge Estate.

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Re-imagining the House of Dun

Jackie Bird meets Iain Hawkins, our General Manager for the North East, at the elegant Georgian mansion of House of Dun to find out how it has been ‘re-imagined’ before it reopened in the summer of 2021.

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Bruce’s gamble: Robert the Bruce v Henry de Bohun

Jackie Bird talks to Dr Callum Watson, Battle Coordinator at the Battle of Bannockburn visitor centre, about the momentous Bruce v de Bohun fight.

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Family life inside the Hill House

Jackie learns all about the Hill House as a family home with Taylah Egbers, Visitor Services Supervisor, who shares an insight into the Blackie family who lived there.

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Time travelling through Gladstone’s Land

Our host Jackie Bird travels from the 16th century to the present day, with Dr Kate Stephenson, to learn about the real-life stories of the people that lived at Gladstone’s Land.

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Our CEO reflects on 90 years of the National Trust for Scotland

In this episode, Jackie is joined by Phil Long, Chief Executive of the National Trust for Scotland, as we mark our milestone birthday on 1 May.

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Seabird city: the colonies at St Abb’s Head and Staffa

Rangers Ciaran Hatsell and Emily Wilkins join Jackie Bird to talk about two great wildlife spectacles.

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Ana Sanchez on the extraordinary life of Miss Agnes Toward

Jackie Bird meets Ana Sanchez, Visitor Services Supervisor, who cares for the Tenement House, a time capsule of life in early 20th-century Glasgow.

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The story of the Glencoe Massacre

Scott McCombie, Senior Ranger at Glencoe National Nature Reserve, and Derek Alexander, Head of Archaeology, take us through the events leading up to this tragic chapter in Scotland’s history, and share plans for a project to recreate a turf house.

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Chris Waddell – Is Robert Burns and his poetry more popular now than ever?

How is Burns’s legacy faring today? Jackie Bird speaks to Chris Waddell, the Learning Manager at RBBM, to find out.

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Anna Rathband – On location: the Trust on the big and small screen

In this episode, Jackie is joined by Anna Rathband, the National Trust for Scotland’s Film Manager who chats about the importance of film tourism.

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Rob Dewar – Total Wipeout: Tackling invasive plants

Jackie is joined by Rob Dewar, the Trust’s Natural Heritage Adviser, who talks about Wipeout - a project to eradicate invasive plant species across Scotland.

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Helen Cole – Caring for Scotland’s footpaths

Helen Cole, Property Manger at Ben Lawers, talks to Jackie about the huge increase in footfall on Scotland’s upland paths during Covid-19 and how visitors can do their bit to protect our wild spaces.

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Jennifer Melville – Facing our past

Jackie Bird is joined by Jennifer Melville, as the Trust embarks on a new project that will explore the role that the slave trade has played in the histories of Scotland and some of the Trust’s most-loved properties.

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Susan Bain – 90 years since the evacuation of St Kilda

On the 90th anniversary of the evacuation of St Kilda, the Trust’s Western Isles Manager Susan Bain tells Jackie Bird why Scotland should be extremely proud of this archipelago. This podcast features music by Garefowl - Cumha Hirteach (Cliffs) is a reinterpretation of a traditional St Kildan folk song.

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Professor Murray Pittock – 1745: Raising the Jacobite Standard at Glenfinnan

Marking the 275th anniversary of the raising of the Jacobite Standard by Charles Edward Stuart at Glenfinnan, Professor Murray Pittock (Trustee and history advisor to the National Trust for Scotland) takes Jackie Bird through this hugely important moment in Scotland’s history.

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Mark Beaumont – Scotland’s wild spaces

Trust supporter and endurance athlete Mark Beaumont talks about some of his favourite places in Scotland and why it’s important that they’re looked after for future generations to experience and enjoy.

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Raoul Curtis-Machin – Protecting Culloden Battlefield

Raoul Curtis-Machin (Operations Manager at Culloden) talks to Jackie Bird about the story of Britain’s last pitched battle and the findings of the National Trust for Scotland’s Culloden 300 consultation.

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Jeff Waddell – Caring for Scotland’s environment

Jeff Waddell (Senior Natural Heritage Advisor) takes Jackie Bird on a tour of some of our most beautiful walking routes, while discussing the vital work we carry out every day to protect and conserve Scotland’s natural heritage.

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Derek Alexander – Scotland’s Indiana Jones

Jackie Bird meets Derek Alexander (Head of Archaeology at the National Trust for Scotland) as he talks about some of his most fascinating finds and why he loves being in the field.

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Safeguarding the Scotland we love with Stuart Brooks

In this episode, Jackie speaks to Stuart Brooks (Head of Conservation and Policy, and co-chair of Scotland’s Landscape Alliance) about the Alliance’s work and hopes for the country’s future.

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