Margaret & Lynne’s Ancestral Tour – Part TWO

Margaret & Lynne at TurriffDay Three – After two days researching their ancestral heritage in Ayrshire, Margaret and Lynne’s journey now took them north to Turriff in Aberdeenshire. Lynne and her two brothers all share their ancestors’ surname Turriff as their middle name.

Leaving Glasgow we travelled north through Perthshire and Angus into Aberdeenshire. We had lovely morning coffee with scones and cakes at Finavon Hotel near Brechin.

Arriving in Turriff we visited the Parish Church then the ruins of the Auld Kirk and Kirkyard. We spent time looking for Turriff family headstones in the kirkyard, unfortunately we were unable to locate any headstones for the family. Despite their disappointment, Margaret and Lynne were delighted to have visited the place where their ancestors lived. Afterwards we spent time researching the Turriff surname in the Family History Section of the town’s library, the helpful staff provided advice about available records and archive material.

Following a lovely lunch in the town’s Kindness Bakers we headed south towards Ballater where we were spending the night. We arrived at Osborne House where Heather and Neil greeted us with a warm friendly welcome. Heather and Neil are fantastic hosts and take great care of every detail; their beautiful home is warm, clean, comfortable and welcoming. A lovely touch was the homemade gingerbread and shortbread in our rooms – it was delicious. Osborne House is in a very quiet area of the town about a 10 minute walk from the centre of Ballater.

On Heather and Neil’s recommendation we dined at the town’s Station Restaurant. The restored Victorian Station provided a wonderful ambience, friendly service and sublime food along with an extensive choice of wines – 10/10! Sadly since our visit the Station Restaurant has been destroyed by fire.

Turriff & Ballater

Day Four – The final day of Margaret and Lynne’s began with a delicious breakfast at Osborne House. Heather’s homemade muesli, bread, marmalade and jams where the perfect start to the day. The cooked breakfasts were prepared to order using locally sourced ingredients. We enjoyed our stay at Osborne House and thoroughly recommend it as a base when visiting the area – like dinner last night it was a resounding 10/10.

Leaving Ballater in glorious sunshine we travelled through Royal Deeside to Balmoral Castle. The castle is the private property of the Sovereign and is the summer retreat of the Queen and the Royal Family. After a tour of the grounds, gardens and castle’s ballroom we had morning coffee with freshly baked scones al fresco at The Pipers Hall.

Afterwards we walked along the River Dee to Crathie Kirk. The kirk is where Queen and the Royal Family worship when they are in residence at Balmoral Castle. Following a very interesting tour of the kirk we visited the ruins of the old parish kirk. In the kirkyard we met Alistair a really interesting local ‘character’ who had many stories to share about the local area along with some tales of those who now rest in the kirkyard. John Brown, Queen Victoria’s personal servant and companion rests in the kirkyard along with his parents and several siblings.

From Crathie we continued our journey along the River Dee where we stopped at Invercauld to view the Old Brig o’ Dee and the snow covered mountains beyond. We stopped briefly at Braemar Castle to take photographs of the castle. We had a lovely lunch at Gordon’s Tearoom in Braemar. Leaving Braemar we travelled to Edinburgh via Glenshee, Blairgowrie and Perth.

Following their tour with us Margaret and Lynne spent the next week in Edinburgh with Christine Woodcock and Genealogy Tours of Scotland where they continued their ancestral research at ScotlandsPeople Centre and other city archives. It was an absolute pleasure to meet Margaret and Lynne and share their ancestral journey; we wish them success with their continued ancestral research.

Balmoral Castle & Crathie Kirk

More photographs of Margaret and Lynne’s tour can be found on Borders Journeys’ Facebook.

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