Doug & Lisa visit to the land of their ancestors

Doug & Lisa at BiggarDoug & Lisa Holm are on their first visit to Scotland and wanted to make time to visit the areas connected with their Scottish ancestors. Borders Journeys organised an ancestral and sightseeing tour for Doug & Lisa where they would learn about the people, places and traditions connected with their ancestors.

Leaving Edinburgh, our first stop was Biggar where Doug’s ancestors belonged. Unfortunately we weren’t able to locate any ancestral headstone in the town’s churchyard.

We travelled south to Dumfries & Galloway where Lisa’s ancestors originated. En-route to Wigtown we stopped to admire the stunning view at the Dalveen Pass then visited the Queensberry Aisle at Durisdeer Church. After stopping at Thomas Tosh in Thornhill for morning coffee we continued our journey travelling through the Galloway Forest.

Lisa meets her three times great grandparents at Wigtown ChurchyardArriving in Wigtown, Scotland’s National Book Town, we visited the town’s churchyard where we found the headstone for Lisa’s three times great grandparents. Following lunch we visited the houses where Lisa’s ancestors had lived.

Leaving Wigtown we travelled along the Solway Coast where we visited Threave Castle. Heading north to Edinburgh we stopped in Moffat for some of the town’s famous toffee. At the Devil’s Beef Tub we admired the beautiful scenery back toward Annandale.

Doug & Lisa at Dalveen Pass
 researcher Ian not only gives research advice but will investigate your Scottish ancestry on your behalf. He will research your family history with commitment and enthusiasm, connecting the dots to form a real picture of who and where you come from.

We design a tailor-made ancestral tours especially for you, taking you on a journey of discovery where you’ll connect with your Scottish ancestors by walking in their footsteps. Your ancestors will be brought to life when you learn about the people, places and traditions connected with them. By the end of the tour you’ll have gained a real insight into your ancestral heritage and where you came from, which you can share with present and future generations.

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