Sylvia’s ancestral journey to Aberdeenshire

Tarland Coull

Sylvia Mayberry from Canada was visiting Scotland to trace her Scottish ancestral roots with Genealogy Tours of Scotland. Sylvia’s Reid ancestors lived in Tarland and Coull Parishes in Aberdeenshire prior to emigrating to Canada in the 19th century. Borders Journeys organised an ancestral tour for Sylvia to visit places where her ancestors had lived and worked in Aberdeenshire.

Leaving Edinburgh in glorious sunshine, we travelled through Fife and Perthshire towards Aberdeenshire. As it was such a beautiful day we made several stops to take photos of the stunning scenery.

Tarland Old Parish Church is now a ruin, however in its well maintained churchyard Sylvia found several family headstones. Nearby we visited Coull churchyard where Sylvia found several more headstones. We also located the farm where Sylvia’s ancestors had lived worked before emigrating to Canada.

River Dee Invercauld Crathie Kirk Perthshire Glenshee

Leaving Coull we visited Crathie Kirk then had a lovely lunch in Braemar. We travelled back to Edinburgh via Glenisla and Kirriemuir.

Following her tour, Sylvia wrote “Thanks so much for a perfect day! I couldn’t have asked for a more helpful, pleasant, and knowledgeable guide.”

We thoroughly enjoyed organising Sylvia’s tour for her and are delighted that she enjoyed her journey to her ancestral roots in Aberdeenshire.

More photographs can be found on Borders Journeys’ Facebook.


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