100,000 Welcomes (iTunes, SoundCloud)
Scotland’s tourist industry is one of its largest, and sustains 200,000 jobs with visitors spending, on average, around £4billion per year.
It’s time tourism had its own podcast, then.
Scotland’s unique stories and people take centre stage as VisitScotland launched its first-ever podcast, 100,000 Welcomes, last week.
Taking the English translation of the Gaelic phrase, Ceud Mìle Fàilte, the podcast offers listeners the chance to experience an authentic Scotland as told by its people.
From Alison O’Donnell – who played DS Alison “Tosh” McIntosh in TV series, Shetland – and wild swimmers in Cairngorms National Park, to foraging in Dumfries and Galloway and street art in Aberdeenshire, the podcast aims to inform educate and entertain listeners.
A total of five 25-minute episodes, hosted by Scottish travel writer and blogger, Neil Robertson focus on five different themes. Podcast highlights include wild swimmers in bikinis and bobble hats making a splash in Loch Morlich, near Aviemore.
Mark Williams, passionate forager, talks about the “best larder in the world”, Dumfries & Galloway.
Jak O’Donnell of The Sisters restaurant in Glasgow tells listeners how she reinvented one of her granny’s favourite recipes.
And Angela Joss accompanies Neil to explore the colourful street art that covers Aberdeen’s walls.
The Missing Cryptoqueen (iTunes, BBC Sounds)
If it sounds too good to be true, it usually is.
Dr Ruja Ignatova was an entrepreneur with an impressive claim – she said her OneCoin digital currency would make its investors rich.
Unfortunately, her business turned out to be a scam, leading to a “very scary” tale for our hosts.
On February 14, 1988, 20-year-old sex worker Lynette White was found dead in a Cardiff flat.
Three ethnic minority men were wrongly convicted and later cleared of White’s murder.
The case resulted in the largest ever trial of British police officers. This podcast is a dive through the archives to explore what happened to the men, known as The Cardiff Three.