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Scotland’s history is full of spooky stories, ghoulish goings-on and magical mysteries. Join Highlander husband-and-wife team, Kieran and Eilidh, as they dive into the myths and legends of their homeland once a week. If you love learning about history, like settling in to listen to a good story, or just enjoy getting a little spooked, then this is the podcast for you.
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We finally got back behind the mics and read the spooky stories you guys sent us - thanks again, we had such a good time! If you have a spooky story you'd like us to share, you can send it to generallyspooky@gmail.com :) We'd love to hear your thoughts so consider leaving us a review! :) You can also join us over on Patreon for loads of cool stuff:…
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The finale is here! We continue on the spooky historical train, stopping off at new ghosts, new curses, and the man who signed the most outrageous contract... Enjoy! Check out the new Generally Spooky History merch We'd love to hear your thoughts so consider leaving us a review! :) You can also join us over on Patreon for loads of cool stuff: Get a…
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We're back for part two of Fyvie Castle. This week we're keeping up the spooking and the history with some exciting tales for you. Here about a badass woman who confronted the Duke of Cumberland, and theories about the ghost who is said to walk the halls of Fyvie. We featured a trailer from fellow Scottish Podcasters the Crime Divers! Be sure to ch…
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Halloween is almost here and we're keeping you in the spirit of the season with another spooky castle. This is part 1 of possibly 3 but we're changing up the structure and giving you the spooks at the end of each part. So tune in to hear the wild history of Fyvie Castle, and find out why it's one of the most haunted castles we've ever talked about.…
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Hot off the presses we have a spooky castle for you today! Crathes is regularly touted as the National Trust's most haunted location. For those of you who watched the September Vlog, you'll know we got to visit. And today, we're sharing the full story! Tune in for our oldest history yet, and the two ghostly ladies who are thought to haunt Crathes c…
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I've only just reaised it's Friday the 13th today! What could be more fitting than a whole part dedicated to the spooks. We made you wait but here it is! It's the spooky section of Pitmilly House. We hear all about the poltergeist, the many ghosts, and mysterious fires. Eilidh is keeping true to her word on this being the spookiest season yet! Chec…
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It's our first two-parter of the season! Join us to hear the history of Pitmilly House, the most haunted mansion that you've never heard of. Be sure to let us know your thoughts, we love hearing what you think about episodes. We discuss a right royal scandal this week... do you think it was justified? Check out the new Generally Spooky History merc…
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We're keeping things spooky! This week, Eilidh is telling us about the spooky and haunted Jeburgh Castle jail. It has a super interesting history but we spend almost as long talking about the spooky evidence that people have captured there. Amy's Crypt Video Spirit UK photo David Forrest Daily Record Photo Border Telegraph boy selfie photo We'd lov…
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Can you believe that it's Season 6? We're officially in spooky season now! This week, Kieran and I are talking about the intriguing and fascinating Pool House. We even got to visit for ourselves... and Kieran saw something... Let us know what you think in the comments, and let us know if you're excited to be here for Season 6!…
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Hey, thanks for stopping by! This is Generally Spooky History, where we take a deep dive into Scottish history and its spooky tales. You should know that we do things a little differently here. We do your usual podcast things: banter; have fun; complain about the patriarchy, but what we really love to do is take our time. We’re in no rush when it c…
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Surprise! We have a bonus episode! Eilidh sat down with Marti and Effie from Mums, Mysteries and Murder to have a good old natter. A blether, even... They discuss unsolved mysteries, heebie jeebies and the Loch Ness Monster - who wouldn't want to chat about that? Be sure to follow Marti and Effie over on their Instagram and if you haven't checked o…
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IT'S THE SEASON 5 FINALE! THIS IS NOT A DRILL! We're so excited to bring you the final part of our Edinburgh Castle epic. We've loved getting to chat with you about so much, and we feel really proud of this whole season. Enjoy! We featured a trailer from our friends at Mums Mysteries and Murders who we highly recommend you check out. And Love it or…
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Hey, everybody! We're back with the third part of our Edinburgh Castle epic! This week we're talking about the Charles v Cromwell debacle, Jacobite Risings and some not very successful sieges... Hope you've been enjoying this last epic saga of the season. We featured a trailer from our friend Melissa from Skylark Bell who we highly recommend you ch…
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Ready to hear about sieges, sieges and more sieges? Then this is the episode for you! We're carrying on the crazy history of Edinburgh Castle - the castle episode to beat all castle episodes! Enjoy! We featured a trailer from our friends at Nightcap Nebula who we highly recommend you check out. And Love it or hate it we'd love it if you would consi…
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Folks... it's finale time. We can't believe it's finally here, and this is our 50th main episode (not counting multiple parts)! We begin the long and winding history of Edinburgh Castle - one of Scotland's most recognisable landmarks. It's basically the symbol for Scotland itself. We hope you enjoy it! Happy 50th episode, everybody! We featured a t…
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Here's Part 2 of our Ballechin House saga, hope you're enjoying it. You'll be pleased to hear that Kieran has a fidget cube now, so pen fidgeting should be at a minimum... Enjoy! We featured a trailer from our friends at Spilling The Crime who we highly recommend you check out. And Love it or hate it we'd love it if you would consider leaving us a …
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We're back with a very unusual kind of ghost story for you this week: the controversial haunting of Ballechin House. This week we set the scene: why was Ballechin House haunted? Why did the Society for Psychical Research get involved? And did Kieran really want to be a magician? Enjoy! We featured a trailer from Murder Road Trip who we highly recom…
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Hope you're ready, it's our folklore episode of the season! Although this one is different to the others we've done before. We're talking about the legend of King David and the White Stag. Did it really happen? What does it mean? Does Kieran have a spiritual connection with the White Stag without even knowing? You'll have to listen to find out... Y…
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This week we're taking a trip back to spooky town and sharing the story of the Lochmaben vampire! But what's a good spooky story without some historical context so you'll get to hear the local history of Lochmaben Castle. Plus Eilidh brings up a paranormal expert we haven't talked about in a while... Enjoy! You can check out the La Belle Rebelle me…
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Welcome back! This week we are finishing the Campbells of Inveraray saga. We are talking about a Very British Scandal, the many Dukes of Argyll, and Eilidh is sharing the spooks in and around Inveraray Castle. We hope you've enjoyed this absolutely epic tale and we look forward to bringing you a brand new episode next week! You can check out the La…
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Hello again! This week we are back for Part 2 of the Campbells of Inveraray. We're talking murder plots, even more power-grabbing, and even an execution or two... Enjoy! You can check out the La Belle Rebelle merch right here. We featured a podcast Trailer from our friends Shittin' Bricks. Check them out on all the major platforms. And Love it or h…
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We're back, baby! And we've got the start of our biggest episode yet. Today Eilidh starts the enormous history of the Campbells of Inveraray. We manage to cover a massacre, a burning, and a drowning this week... so this episode perhaps isn't for the faint-hearted! As we said in the episode, our La Belle Rebelle merch has landed! We are super happy …
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As promised, this week Eilidh is taking us abroad. We're going all the way to Egypt! That's right, Eilidh is telling us the story of a young couple in the 1930s who travelled to Egypt and may have taken home more than just a souvenir... This week we featured a podcast trailer from Haunted UK which we highly recommend you check out. Love it or hate …
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We're really diving into something different this week. We're talking conspiracy, we're talking secret military testing happening in the Hebrides. Word of warning, this episode is a bit grim. If you don't want to join us for this one, I understand! Enjoy! Love it or hate it we'd love if you would consider leaving us a review wherever you listen to …
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Welcome back! Tune in to hear Eilidh tell us about the long and bloody history of one of Scotland's most visited castles, Eilean Donan. Thought to be the ancestral home of the MacRae's but is that really the case? We have betrayal, we have heroes and even have a legend of a man who could talk to birds... Enjoy! Love it or hate it we'd love if you w…
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Here we are! It's time to dive into part 2 of the tale of Deacon Brodie. Eilidh is continuing her tale of Deacon Brodie as he readies himself to carry out his heist. How do you think it's going to go? Listen to find out! And as usual you can also join us over on Patreon for loads of cool stuff: Get access to new ad-free episodes a day before anyone…
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Did you know the story of Dr Jeykll and Mr Hyde was inspired by a real person? He's quite a character and his exploits are a story worth listening to! This week Eilidh is telling us about Deacon Brodie, a man who was held in very high esteem throughout Edinburgh's social circles. But by night it was another story... Enjoy! We shared a trailer for o…
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Welcome to Season 5! We're kicking things off with the story of Colonel Anne: the Highland Lady who went against society's norms to rally troops for the Jacobite cause in 1745. If you've got a good memory, you'll remember hearing about her in our Culloden episode, and we can't wait to really delve into her story. Enjoy! Love it or hate it we'd love…
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The finale of season 4... It feels too soon! This week we are talking about the infamous Mary King's Close, frequently referred to as the most haunted place in Scotland. We talk about a grisly murder, the horrors of the plague, and some of the more famous ghost sightings. Plus Kieran tells us about his experience visiting the close when he was youn…
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Happy Halloween! We wanted to bring you a little something extra since it's the spookiest day of the year. We've been collecting YOUR ghost stories that you've been kind enough to send us and now it's time to share them. We hope you enjoy! And if you did, consider leaving us a review. If you'd like to be included next time then email your ghost sto…
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Hello again! This week Eilidh is telling us about the Wolf of Badenoch! The grandson of Robert the Bruce, Alexander Stewart, lead a reign of terror across the Highlands. But was he really as bad as people said he was? Check out our Halloween merch right here Or you can join the National Trust For Scotland through this link helping to protect and pr…
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Hello hello! This week we're talking about the modern legend of the Grey Man of Ben Macdui. Eilidh retells the many encounters that have been reported of this strange presence that's been felt on Britain's second highest mountain. We also discuss something we've never really discussed on the podcast before... Aliens! If you liked this podcast pleas…
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We're back with the eagerly anticipated part 2 of Dunrobin Castle. Join us as we explore the castle's history right up to the modern day, finishing with Dunrobin's most famous ghost story. We have divorce, betrayal, and you'll hear how the nearby castle of spite came into existence... Enjoy! f you liked this podcast please consider leaving a review…
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Hello again! This week we're bringing you Part 1 of our mega-episode covering the exciting history of Dunrobin Castle. Come with us as we battle our way through 300 years of action-packed history! The story of the Earls and Countesses of Sutherland defies description, so come and hear all about the riches, the power, the betrayal and clan feuds... …
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We're back again, here as always, to bring you this week's episode. This week it's Eilidh's turn to be sick but we are talking about Inveraray Jail. Inveraray Jail was built in the early 1800s and was a truly horrendous place to be locked up in: horrible conditions, unfair sentences, and more than its fair share of jail breaks Today, the Jail has g…
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This week we're talking about the Leith-Hay family and the home they held for nearly 400 years. We're talking murder, we're talking ghosts and we're even talking about Scotland's dark colonial history. You're not going to want to miss this one! Enjoy the episode! If you liked this podcast please consider leaving a review. You can also shop at the F…
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This week Eilidh is telling us about Hugh Miller, the Scottish geologist and folklorist. Hugh Miller grew up in Cromarty - in our local area - in the 1800s, documenting both geological happenings and spooky goings on during his time there... Enjoy the episode! If you liked this podcast please consider leaving a review. You can order some delicious …
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The Black Dinner is a gruesome story full of betrayal, and, yes, we are once again back to King James I. The Black Dinner also inspired a storyline in Game of Thrones, can you guess which one? We tell you at the end. Hold on to your hats and enjoy the episode! You can also shop at the Feminist Apparel Company The Spark Company using this link. Or y…
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This week we're delving into the spooky stories right in our own back garden - we're talking about Cawdor Castle! We even discuss a bonus spooky castle, so be sure to stay tuned until the end... If you'd like to support the podcast please consider leaving us a review! You can also shop at the Feminist Apparel Company The Spark Company using this li…
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We're back! We're finally back with our fourth season! Did you miss us? Did you manage to find something to fill the time while we were gone? This week, we're getting into a truly spooky Scottish story, back to our roots for our first episode. It's the mysterious tale of the Sauchie Poltergeist and the strange occurrences that centred around a youn…
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Hello again! Here we are for the finale of the Scottish fairies mini-series and oh boy do we have a finale for you. Eilidh promised things would be getting bloodier and she was right. This episode explores the Baobhan Sith, Red Caps and the Nuckelavee: perhaps the 3 nastiest creatures in all of Fairyland. We hope you've enjoyed the miniseries, we'v…
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Intrigued? You should be! We're talking about the legends of the washerwomen in Scottish fairy lore - the banshee, the bean nighe and the caoineag. Hope you enjoy this episode, we've had so much fun with this series! We also featured a trailer of the awesome podcast Horror Roulette which you should definitely check out. If you'd like to support the…
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Hello hello! Happy to hear from us? Because we're happy to be here! This week we're talking about the Fairy Queen of Elphame and her lesser-known evil counterpart: Nicnevin... We also featured a trailer of the awesome podcast The Skylark Bell which you should definitely check out. If you'd like to support the podcast please consider leaving us a re…
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Hello again! We hope you're as excited as we are for the second instalment of the Scottish Fairies mini-series. In this episode we are getting a little darker and talking about the mysterious Ghillie Dhu who is rumoured to live in a forest near Gairloch. We're also talking about the Changelings - were children really whisked away by the fairies? We…
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We're back! This is Episode 1 of our Scottish Fairies mini-series and we're talking about Brownies: creatures at the friendlier end of the fairy spectrum. We also featured a trailer of the awesome podcast Haunted or Hoax which you should definitely check out. If you'd like to support the podcast please consider leaving us a review! Or you can order…
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In this absolutely epic tale, Eilidh tells Kieran about the Jacobite uprising and the bloody and tragic battle of Culloden in 1746. It's our longest episode yet and the one we are most proud of so we hope you enjoy it! If you'd like to support the podcast please consider leaving us a review! Or you can order some delicious Bird and Blend Tea throug…
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We have such a good story for you this week, we're talking about Agnes Randolph - a complete badass who stood up for herself against a literal army. If you'd like to support the podcast please consider leaving us a review! Or you can order some delicious Bird and Blend Tea through this link. Use voucher code SPOOKTEA at checkout to receive a free s…
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We're here and we have a really cool story for you this week: we're talking about Coinneach Odhar, the Brahan Seer. Could he really see into the future? Did he actually exist? Come listen and find out! Help And Support Ukraine - https://www.unrefugees.org.uk/take-action/how-to-help-ukraine/ If you'd like to support the podcast please consider leavi…
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This week we have a very serious episode for you. Today we're talking about the notorious and deadly Scottish Haggis. We discuss it's hiding spots, it's attack methods, and of course why you need to be careful if you're going to go into the Scottish mountains. Help And Support Ukraine - https://www.unrefugees.org.uk/take-action/how-to-help-ukraine/…
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We have a tragic and spooky ghost story for you this week, we're really going back to our roots! We're off to Comlongon Castle near Dumfries to tell you all about Marion Carruthers. Come and decide for yourself: is she the Green Lady haunting Comlongon? Help And Support Ukraine - https://www.unrefugees.org.uk/take-action/how-to-help-ukraine/ If you…
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