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A journey through Scotland

Join me on my audio journey through Scotland – Unique Scotland. Every episode is different as I share my experiences with you.


Unique Scotland


Welcome to the Unique Scotland Podcast, the audio and video link on this website. My Podcasts complement my photo galleries and let you hear about and see Scotland at first hand. This page will allow you free access (subscribe) to the podcast so that you will be informed when a new episode has been issued. It will also ensure that you’ll be able to listen to previous episodes of my Podcast.

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An audio expedition of scotland

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John Harbour explains what you can expect from the Unique Scotland podcast series. An introduction to this small but beautiful country. The people, the places, the customs and a carefully researched tour through this proud nation; with John as your expert, trusted guide. Subscribe now and receive each episode as it’s released.

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Episode 32

Walk down the Royal Mile

Let me take you on a tour down one of the most famous streets in Edinburgh, the Royal Mile, popping into all the Places that tourists tend not to go, the alleyways or Closes as we call them in Scotland. It gives a fascinating insight into medieval Edinburgh with murder, ghosts, crime and disease emanating from every crevice of the ancient stone walls that remain today.
I’ll touch upon the reason for Old Edinburgh being so tightly packed together and why it was so easy for disease to spread. Fortunately, we still have one of the 16th Century buildings standing on the Royal Mile, Gledstanes land, beautifully restored by the National Trust for Scotland and wedged between two famous closes, James Court and Lady Stair’s Close. We will hear from Will Evans, one of the managers at the property.

You will hear about the more famous characters of Edinburgh such as Adam Smith, David Hume and Patrick Gedes as well as the infamous characters such as Deacon Brodie. With over 80 Closes to choose from, I will give you a flavour of life in a few of them from both a rich and a poor person’s perspective. Old Edinburgh is a place where hundreds of witches were burned to death, only a stone’s throw from one of the most prestigious restaurants in the city.
We will be heading back, in some cases, to the 16th century, venturing into the darker recesses of Old Edinburgh where, I think, even angels might fear to tread. Come and join me on this journey into Edinburgh city’s past and meet some of the characters that lived there in the 16th and 17th centuries.

Episode 32 - Walk down the Royal Mile

Episode 31 - Letter From Scotland May 2024

Episode 30 - Edinburgh City (E3) The Castle

Episode 29 - Edinburgh City (E2) The New Town

Episode 28 - Edinburgh City (E1) The Old Town

Episode 27 - Letter From Scotland February 2024

Episode 26 - The North Coast 500 - Part 6

Episode 25 - What's in store for 2024?

Episode 24 - The North Coast 500 - Part 5

Episode 23 - The North Coast 500 - Part 4

Episode 22 - The North Coast 500 - Part 3

Episode 21 - The North Coast 500 - Part 2

Episode 20 - The North Coast 500 - Part 1

Episode 19 - From Inverness to Gairloch - Part 4

Episode 2 - Letter from Scotland - September

Episode 18 - From Inverness to Gairloch Part 3

Episode 17 - From Inverness to Gairloch Part 2

Episode 16 - From Inverness to Gairloch Part 1

Episode 15 - From the Trossachs to Stirling

Episode 14 - From Loch Lomond to the Trossachs

Episode 13 - From Skye to Fort William

Episode 1 - Letter From Scotland - August

Episode 12 - Scotch Whisky Part 3

Episode 11 - Scotch Whisky Part 2

Episode 10 - Scotch Whisky Part 1

Episode 9 - Tour Of Skye Part 3

Episode 8 - Tour Of Skye Part 2

Episode 7 - Tour Of Skye Part 1

Episode 6 - Customs & Traditions

Episode 5 - Mini Tour Part 3

Inverness To Edinburgh

Episode 4 - Mini Tour Part 2

St Andrews to Inverness

Episode 3 - Mini Tour Part 1

Edinburgh to Inverness

Episode 2 - Scotland The People

Episode 1 - Scotland The Place