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      Sounds of Scotland: The Ultimate Scottish Music Playlist

      By Rupert Shanks, Chief Storyteller
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      Music can take us places.

      We’re lucky in Scotland to have a wealth of music to draw on, that connects us to the places we love.

      We want to create the ultimate Scottish music playlist to accompany an adventure in the Scottish Highlands and Islands.

      Our guiding and office team put their heads together to get the ball rolling. We chose a variety of songs by Scottish artists that connect us to our favourite Scottish places and memories.  This eclectic selection includes such Scottish icons as the irrepressible musical charm of the Corries, the haunting celtic rhythms of Martyn Bennett, the achingly beautiful Kathryn Joseph to the undeniable fusion of energy that is the Treacherous Orchestra!

      We then asked people to submit their own suggestions of songs from Scotland that bind them to our wee country. A huge thanks to everyone who took part. Check out the incredible response we had on Facebook.

      We then updated our playlist to create…

      The Ultimate Scottish Music Playlist

      Artists by location

      A lot of our favourite Scottish bands are a medley of musicians from all over Scotland. However, some of the artists we have chosen so far hail from our favourite areas of the Highlands and Islands. Learn more about these areas here.

      Inner Hebrides & Skye

      Comprising over 70 islands (34 of which are inhabited) this is a truly diverse area of cultural richness in Scotland. The Isle of Skye is home to two of Scotland’s most exciting contemporary folk bands, Niteworks and the Peatbog Faeries. While the tiny isle of Tiree was the birthplace of another foot-stomping fusion band, Skerryvore.

      Learn more about this area of Scotland with image and video gallery here.

      Cairngorms and Central Highlands

      Home to us here at Wilderness, the Cairngorms and central highlands have produced a few of Scotland’s most iconic musicians. OBE winner Dougie Maclean hails from the edge of the Highlands in Dunblane, Perthshire. Composer of perhaps Scotland’s most memorable anthem, Caledonia, Dougie is also in the Scottish Music Hall of Fame. Although born in Canada, Martyn Bennett returned to Scotland with his mother at age 6. He spent his formative years in Kingussie in the Cairngorms, developing a passion for traditional music that would later fuse with dance music to create his unique sound.

      Learn more about this area of Scotland with image and video gallery here.

      Outer Hebrides

      Julie Fowlis hails from the tiny island of North Uist in the Outer Hebrides. music It’s lovely for us to think of the way those islands in the Hebrides that we love so much have shaped her career and the music of Scotland.

      Learn more about this area of Scotland with image and video gallery here.


      Meet the Author: Rupert Shanks

      “After a spell in the corporate world in London Rupert decided to find a more rewarding way of life involving a closer connection to the outdoors and to his camera! Rupert produces a lot of the photography and video for Wilderness Scotland and works within the Marketing team.”

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