Archive recordings online

Here are a few links to help you access some of Scotland’s heritage sound recordings online.

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

Sounds of Maryhill

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


The list 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.