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Bedtime Stories: Tales from Great Britain and Ireland

by BetterSleep
Jun 27 • 4 min read

It’s no coincidence that some of the greatest literary tales come from across the pond! Great Britain and the Republic of Ireland have given the world some of its most famous authors: Shakespeare, Charles Dickens, Oscar Wilde, Jane Austen, James Joyce, Agatha Christie—the list goes on and on!

These countries have also produced excellent tales for helping you get the best possible night’s sleep. Here are six great bedtime stories available on the BetterSleep app that originate from the British isles.

Legend of the Highland Giants

The Scottish Highlands are known for their vast mountain ranges, the Loch Ness Monster, and the Highland games, but they’re more than just those things! In this story, we follow a young couple driving through the Highlands whose vehicle breaks down before an elderly woman comes to their rescue—telling them all about the Highlands’ history and the mythical giants.

After the Dance

Across 32 minutes, transport yourself back in time to Britain’s famed Regency period. Here, Louisa recalls having just taken her first trip to a ball—one she can’t wait to tell her sisters about the next day—as she’s getting ready for a good night’s sleep.

The Last Druidess

Keeping the fantasy theme going, this tale centers around the last druidess, a human-turned-fae priestess of the moon goddess. For nearly 40 minutes, she tells all about her transformation and how she represents earth, air, fire, and water.

A Scottish Broonie Tale

Going back to Scotland for this story, we hear from an old lady telling her young granddaughter tales about the broonies. Not only do we learn more about these famed household spirits, we learn about what happened when the old lady suddenly crossed paths with one!

The Elf Maiden

Short and sweet at 17 minutes in length, this tale is a love story—but not your average one. Here, we learn all about how an elf maiden and a young man marooned on a small island meet, bond, and fall for each other.

The Red-Headed League, Part 1 & 2

This story is so captivating, it needed two parts—you may end up needing to listen to it over several nights! A retelling of the famous Sherlock Holmes short story, a club in late-19th century London strictly for flame-haired folks offers a young man to join. One day, the club suddenly dissolves, and Sherlock is called upon to figure out what’s gone amiss.

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