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Historic Environment Scotland

Historic Environment Scotland created a dedicated landing page for their activity. Showcased their sites and the stories behind them, they also made videos featuring staff members at some of their iconic venues.

New website content included blogs and stories from staff and a new book, Stirling Castle for Kids.

Browse the Historic Environment Scotland blog.

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There was a competition called "If These Walls Could Talk". This encouraged young storytellers to write Scottish tales featuring historic sites.

This had prizes to be won and the stories showcased online on the Historic Environment Scotland website.

A touring exhibition, Unforgettable, started the year at Blackness Castle. It shared untold stories of 12 people from Scotland’s history.

In November 2022, an after-hours event, Tales from the Castle, took place across two evenings.

Read all about the "If These Walls Could Talk" campaign.

Read more about Unforgettable on

Scotland Food & Drink

The Scottish Food & Drink Fortnight took inspiration from Year of Stories 2022 with the Stories to Savour campaign.

They showcased some of Scotland’s most exciting products, and innovative producers and regions. They also told the stories of the country’s world-class food and drink industry.

Organisers Scotland Food & Drink used the #StoriesToSavour hashtag to encourage sharing on social.

Dig It!

Dig It! is the hub for Scottish archaeology, coordinated by the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland. In 2022, they showcased some great stories to come out of archaeology.

Their dedicated webpage hosted Year of Stories blogs, covering all sorts of subjects. Take for example "sword-wielding women and Scottish archaeology". Or "seven times Scottish archaeology was written into books".

They collaborated on the Forgotten Stories project with the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland. This aims to bring the stories of near-forgotten archaeologists back to life.

Read their Year of Stories blogs on

West Highland Way

The West Highland Way launched a new project in 2022 - People, Place & Passion: Gaelic Stories on the West Highland Way.

This project includes videos, history, and poetry, as well as insight into 96 Gaelic place names along the West Highland Way – one for each mile.

Browse the project on

Hillwalkers on the West Highland Way look toward Buachaille Etive Mor

Stirling XP

In November 2022, it was announced that Stirling will become the first fully augmented reality city in the world. This followed a ground-breaking project involving Stirling Council, BT and Seymour Powell.

The cutting edge software will bring the Stirling's history and heritage to life. Through the new Stirling XP app people will be able to explore the city in a unique and exciting way through their smartphone screen.

Because of the compatibility with the Themed Year, Stirling Council highlighted Year of Stories 2022 on their website. On which, they encouraged people to “experience a whole new way of telling stories”.

Read more about the app on

Keep Scotland Beautiful

Keep Scotland Beautiful have supported Themed Years in the past and 2022 was no exception.

The Year of Stories was one of the categories for their popular annual pocket garden competition. It invites young people to create designs for an environmentally friendly, pocket-sized garden.

Pupils who send in the winning designs are then invited to build and grow their gardens to display.

Keep Scotland Beautiful took Year of Stories as the theme for an online event in the Scotland’s climate festival national events series.

The Storytelling for Change event took inspiration from the Inspired by Nature programme strand.

Read more about the pocket garden competition.

Orkney Folklore and Storytelling Centre

Storyteller Lynn Barbour of the Orkney Folklore and Storytelling Centre produced a series of podcasts.

Promoted with the Year of Stories logo, these featured locals, talking about their social traditions. But topics like folklore, legends, and work customs passed down from one generation to the next were also touched upon.

Hostelling Scotland

Hostelling Scotland created a video inspired by the insightful diaries of the 17-year-old Mary Harvie in the summer of 1936. The film, What would Mary do?, was produced with the Adventure Syndicate.

This group of female adventurers promote mental and physical wellbeing. Their 300 mile trip showcased Scotland’s remote landscapes and natural heritage.

The film was promoted at in-person screenings, on social media and through widespread media coverage.

National Records of Scotland

Female authors were the focus of activity by the National Records of Scotland during the Themed Year. The organisation published an article on the following three Scottish authors:

  • Annie Shepherd Swan
  • Josephine Tey
  • Dorothy Dunnett

This publication also marked International Women’s Day and Women’s History month. The also published two new entries on the Hall of Fame.

One was for the novelist Susan Edmonstone Ferrier (1782-1854). The other was for the author and college teacher Nan Shepherd (1893-1981).

The organisation furthermore made a successful submission to Twenty Treasures. This is an initiative by the Scottish Council on Archives. The theme of these submissions was "Scotland’s stories".

Scottish Library and Information Council

The Scottish Library and Information Council ran a wide range of initiatives throughout the year.

One of which was the Keep the Heid and Read! campaign, which asked people to pledge six minutes devoted to reading and included a book giveaway to celebrate Year of Stories.

The campaign was a success, celebrating the power of reading, libraries and good mental health. Members of the public, in the end pledged over 470,000 minutes of reading as part of the initiative.

Read more about the Keep the Heid and Read!’ campaign on

Royal Society of Edinburgh

The Royal Society of Edinburgh made use of the Year of Stories when planning their ReSourcE magazine for summer 2022.

They used the campaign logo on the publication and also linked to the Year of Stories landing page in their president’s introduction column.

In which, it was explained that their fellowship and the Young Academy of Scotland harbour a rich heritage of stories. This is across countless disciplines.

The magazine offered a window into this resource. Features included Hebridean singer, Julie Fowlis, looking at how Gaelic is woven into the fabric of Scotland.

James Robertson looked at the magical and unique mid-20th century home of Scottish poet, Hugh MacDiarmid.

The society also signed up their August series of summer events, Curious 2022, to the Year of Stories Partner Events Programme.

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