Listen online

There are a number of websites giving access to some of Scotland’s sounds online.

If you’d like a flavour of what’s available have a listen in to Scotland’s past via our 2-minute Sounds like Scotland animated mixtape. It features clips from 12 audio collections held across the country from Lewis to Aberdeen and from Inverness to the Borders. The archive recordings span from 1909 to 2017 and were made on a host of weird and wonderful formats – wax cylinders, wire, shellac discs, open reel tape, cassettes and digital media. Enjoy birdsong, music, spoken memories and more…

With warm thanks to the collections who shared these recordings for the Sounds like Scotland animation:

Sound design: Steve Urquhart 

Animation: Iain Gardner, Animation Garden

We have also created a 30-minute Sounds Like Scotland radio programme for art radio station Radiophrenia, which was broadcast on 10 November 2017. Have a listen in! In addition to the recordings above, we have also included


Mixed-genre recordings

Tobar An Dualchais (partnership between School of Scottish Studies Archives at the University of Edinburgh, BBC Scotland, and the National Trust for Scotland’s Canna Collection)

Am Baile (Highlife Highland)

Scots Language Centre (Scots Language Centre)

National Piping Centre – Noting the tradition

Cultural Equity – Alan Lomax recordings collection (includes some recordings from Scotland)

Bristish Library – Sound collection (includes many Scottish recordings)

Europeana Sounds

Oral history

Dumfries and Galloway (Regional Ethnology)

Jura Lives on Soundcloud

NEFA – North East Folkore archive (with Formartine oral history archives)

Scran (oral history section)

University of Aberdeen

Scottish Borders Memory Bank

Gathering the Voices (testimonies from those who sought sanctuary in Scotland from nazi persecution)

Voices of Dundee

Wick Voices



Springthyme on Soundcloud

Fife Sing on Soundcloud

Scottish Music Centre

USCB Cylinder Audio Archives (American archives with some Scottish recordings linked below)

Urban and environmental soundscapes

Aberdeen Soundsites

Sounds of our shores

Gordon Soundscape


Above is just a starting point – there are lots more online sound recordings which we won’t know about yet! Please email Amy on to suggest further links.