Our last session had the theme of “Favourites”.  We were treated to not one but two original poems composed by our talented members:  “To A Wife” and “The Old Kent Road”.  We also heard the “Twa Corbies” poem.

The tale of “Ras Medden” was shared, as was “The Hero of Largs” which involved a Viking invasion in the 13th Century!  Another of our team told her first ever story, “The Wee Fiddler”.  “As Meat Loves Salt” related the tale of a man with three daughters who asks them how much they each love him.

We also heard a short tale, “Four Spirits on the Black Horses”.  Said spirits are said to bring disease and death….

“The Caillach” told the legend of the ancient Scottish goddess of winter.  There are many stories about this mythical creature, who is also known as Beara and is part of Irish folklore too.

A ghost story, “Tait’s Tomb”, had us all hurrying home at the end of a highly enjoyable evening!




Come and join us this Wednesday, 13th September, in the Woolpack, Tillicoultry, from 7.30 – 9.30pm for an evening of stories on the subject of “Favourites”.

Perhaps you’ll hear a story which is one of your favourites, or one which is new to you.  Perhaps you’d like to tell your own beloved tale?  Whether you prefer to listen or share a story, all are most welcome.

Hope to see you there!



Join us this coming Wednesday evening, 30th August, for our regular fortnightly storytelling session in the Woolpack Inn, Tillicoultry, 7.30 -9.30pm.

This week our theme is  “Games”.  Listen to our favourite traditional tales about games, or perhaps share a favourite tale of your own.

All welcome!



Our most recent session had the theme of “Secrets”.

True tales and imaginative tales were shared with members in our usual venue of the Woolpack Inn in Tillicoultry.

First tale told was from West Africa, “Keep Your Secret”, a story of shape-shifting and cleverness.

We heard an original poem composed by one of our long standing members.

Traditional tales included “The Kelpie Seaweed”, “The Pathfoot Secret”, “The Lewis Chessmen and “The Secret”.

We also learned about “The Green lady of Morningside”, a true tale of love and tragedy from Edinburgh in the year 1712.



Tilly Tales Event

Hillfoots Tales were once again pleased to be part of Tilly Community Week.

We presented our free “Tilly Tales” storytelling event in the atmospheric setting of the Neuk at the Woolpack Inn on Tuesday, 8th August 2023.

Several of our storytellers shared tales with a local flavour to an appreciative audience of all ages.  It was standing room only!  There were true tales, traditional tales, original tales and historical tales.

An entertaining time was had by all!

Many thanks to those who came along to support this event.

Storytelling session theme: LESSONS

Tonight’s storytelling session will be on the theme of school/lessons. 

Stories are essential to learning. We pass down knowledge through the generations by telling anecdotes, cautionary tales, and bedtime stories. 

If you’re a lover of listening to or sharing stories please join us this Wednesday in the Woolpack at 7.00 for 7.30pm. All are welcome! 



Come along to the Woolpack in Tillicoultry this Wednesday, 2nd August from 7.30pm when we will be sharing stories on the subject of education, learning, lessons and such like.

You might even share your own stories with us!

Cancelled Storytelling Session

Hi Hillfooters!

Tonight’s storytelling session is cancelled due to the summer holidays. Our next session is on Wednesday the 19th of July at The Bridge Inn, Tillicoultry, from 7.30-9.30pm. Hope to see you there! 

Hillfoots Tales Storytelling Session: FOOD


On Wednesday we enjoyed an evening of storytelling based on the theme of ‘Food’. Very appropriate for the meeting’s restaurant setting!

We had a storytelling smorgasbord. Starting with the whimsical ‘The Blairlogie Baker’ and the twisted tale of ‘A Boy and A Broonie’. Followed by the heartfelt ‘As Meat Loves Salt’ and the thought-provoking ‘Mallie and the Troll’. We finished with a sing-song redo of a classic fairytale with ‘Goldilocks Rap’. 

Do you enjoy listening to or telling stories? Then join our next session on June 21st for an evening of story sharing, drinks, and merriment.

The theme is ‘Right To Be Human’, ahead of the Scottish International Storytelling Festival in October. A fitting theme in our troubling times of political conflict, climate change, and culture wars! 

Storytellers old and new are welcome at The Bridge Inn, Tillicoultry, from 7.30-9.30pm. 


On Wednesday, 24th May 2023, we heard a range of tales based on the subject of “Dilemmas”.

We heard two stories involving personal dilemmas and a short poem composed by one of our members entitled “Mid Life Crisis”.

In an interesting, thought-provoking session we also listened to “The Dilemma”, “The King’s Dilemma”, “The Rabbit’s Dilemma” and “Bridget and the Wolf”.

And finally, we heard “Ricky Ticky Tick”, about an old woman who outwits some fearsome Clackmannanshire beasts!