Ancestry Tour of Scotland

Never give up!

Wedding of William E Walker & Gertrude Simonds in 1914

There’s always someone in your family tree that intrigues you. Mine has been my three times great uncle, Edward Walker. Edward was born on 7th May 1832, the fourth son and fifth child of eleven children born to William Walker of Broomhills Farm in Applegarth Parish, Dumfriesshire and his wife Euphemia McNaught. Apart from his birth being recorded [...]


Ultimate Scottish Ancestral Heritage Experience

Ian Walker & Christine Woodcock

If you are one of Borders Journeys’ international followers and considering visiting Scotland to research your Scottish ancestral heritage, I can thoroughly recommend Christine Woodcock​’s Genealogy Tours of Scotland. Canadian based Genealogy Tours of Scotland and Scottish based Borders Journeys​ have worked together for six years to provide researchers with the ultimate Scottish ancestral experience that you will always remember. [...]


VisitScotland Press Release – Tracing your #ScotSpirit

VisitScotland Filmshoot Still - Ian Walker of Borders Journeys

13th January 2017 Tour guide and genealogist Ian Walker is the star of the latest Spirit of Scotland film. Credit: Cut Media NOT many people are able to say that they can give others a ‘sense of who they are’, but this is exactly what tour guide and genealogist Ian Walker does for a living. [...]


Headstone mystery is solved

David & Christina Cunningham - July 2014

A family photograph that belonged to my grandmother of a headstone following a funeral in memory of four children, led me to research their story. Searching ScotlandsPeople Death Index, I found  Christina Cunningham dying aged 8 months, she died of bronchitis and pneumonia on 20th February 1895 at 31 James Street, Pilrig in Edinburgh. Searching the Birth Records, [...]


Laurel’s Ancestral Tour of Scotland & Northumberland

Scone Palace & Ogle Castle

Laurel & Jim from the USA recently spent two days with Borders Journeys discovering Laurel’s Scottish & Northumbrian ancestral roots. Laurel first made contact with me nearly a year ago requesting assistance researching her Gilfillan / Gilphillan ancestors from Airth in Stirlingshire. Through information Laurel sent to me, I established her family line back to [...]


Janet & Libby’s Ancestral Tour

Janet & Libby in Newcastleton and Hermitage Castle

First cousins Janet & Libby from Canada recently spent a three day ancestral tour with Borders Journeys. The first two days were spent researching their Amos ancestral heritage in Carlisle. Janet & Libby’s first visit was to St. Michael’s Church at Stanwix. Most of the headstones in the churchyard have been cleared away to create [...]


Dale & Barbara’s Ancestral Tour

Rob Roy MacGregor's Headstone at Balquhidder Church

Dale & Barbara initially spent ten days in Edinburgh with Genealogy Tours of Scotland researching Dale’s Scottish ancestry. Armed with their research notes they joined me for a four day ancestral and sightseeing tour visiting the areas where Dale’s MacGregor ancestors belonged. The ancestral journey began near Duthil in Speyside where Dale met his third [...]


Rosalyn’s Ancestral & Outlander Tour

Doune Castle - Castle Leoch

Rosalyn joined me for a two-day ancestral tour of Fife & Angus. As well as being interested in her Scottish ancestry, Rosalyn is a huge Outlander fan. Day one began by visiting Midhope Castle, commonly known to Outlander fans as Lallybroch, Jamie Fraser’s family home. In Falkland we visited The Covenanter Hotel where Claire & Frank were staying in [...]


Elliot Family’s Ancestral Tour

Elliot Family visit to Redheugh & Scott's View

The Elliot family from Canada recently spent a day with Borders Journeys visiting their ancestral roots in the Scottish Borders. It was a glorious sunny day which was perfect for showcasing the beauty of the region. Our first visit of the day was Scott’s View which was Sir Walter Scott’s favourite view of the Eildon Hills. [...]


Cunningham Ancestral Tour

Kirkton Burial Ground 3 - Ginny, Kathy & Jim

My relatives from the USA recently paid me visit. Siblings Ginny, Kathy & Jim along with Ginny’s husband David were interested to learn more about their Scottish ancestry. Our common ancestors are James & Annie Cunningham Nee Weir of Normangill Farm in Crawford Parish, Lanarkshire. James & Annie were married in 1860 at Ponfeigh in [...]


Happy St Andrew’s Day

“The birth-place of Valour, the country of Worth; Wherever I wander, wherever I rove, The hills of the Highlands for ever I love.” Robert Burns (1759-1796) Happy St Andrew’s Day to all of our family, friends and followers. St Andrew is Scotland’s patron saint but who was he? Andrew was a Galilean fisherman before he [...]


Barbara’s Ancestral Journey to Moffat and Wamphray

Barbara & Dick at Moffat & Wamphray Churchyards

Barbara & Dick Meidinger from Lawrence, Kansas were visiting Scotland to celebrate their Golden Wedding Anniversary. Barbara contacted Borders Journeys to organise an ancestral tour to Moffat and Wamphray to research her Earsman ancestry. Ahead of Barbara and Dick’s visit, Ian researched the burial records for Moffat and Wamphray Churchyards and located several of Barbara’s [...]


Betty, Renae & Becky’s Ancestral Journey to Ettrick

Betty, Renae & Becky’s Ancestral Journey 2

Betty, Renae and Becky were visiting Scotland to research their Scott ancestry in Ettrick and asked Borders Journeys to design an ancestral tour for them. The three ladies were also joined by their cousin Joan and friend Alice. On Day One of their visit Ian gave the ladies a guided tour of Edinburgh visiting the [...]


World War One Centenary Commemorations – 2015 (Updated May 2015)

Quintinhill Rail Disaster Memorial in Edinburgh

Scottish Culture Secretary Fiona Hyslop has revealed the schedule of World War One centenary commemorations to be held in Scotland this year: 22nd & 23rd May – Events in Gretna and Leith on to mark the Quintinshill rail disaster which claimed the lives of 216 soldiers. 4th & 6th June – Stirling will host a national [...]


Tony’s Ancestral Tour

Tony Wilson

Last year we met Tony & Joanne Wilson from California when they joined Borders Journeys for an ancestral tour. This year Tony decided to join Christine Woodcock’s Geanealogy Tours of Scotland programme to undertake further ancestral research in Edinburgh’s archives. Taking a break from his research, Tony booked a further ancestral tour with us in [...]


Nancy & Joan’s Ancestral Journey

Johnstons of Elgin & Hermitage Castle

Nancy and Joan from the USA were visiting Scotland with Christine Woodcock’s Genealogy Tours of Scotland to research their Scottish ancestral heritage. The ladies contacted Borders Journeys to organise an ancestral and sightseeing tour so they could visit the areas associated with their ancestors in the Scottish Borders and Dumfries & Galloway. Travelling from Edinburgh our [...]


Jo Ann & Sue’s Ancestral Tour

Jo Ann Michetti & Sue Nelson

Jo Ann and Sue from the USA are visiting Scotland with Christine Woodcock’s Genealogy Tours of Scotland to research their ancestral heritage. The ladies contacted Borders Journeys to organise an ancestral and sightseeing tour for them to Dumfries & Galloway. Travelling from Edinburgh to Dumfries & Galloway we stopped to admire the stunning Dalveen Pass. [...]


Carol Bossenberry’s Ancestral Tour

Carol Bossenberry

We first met Carol last year when she was visiting Scotland with Christine Woodcock’s Genealogy Tours of Scotland. Carol decided to return to Scotland this year for a tour of the country as well as contacting Borders Journeys for a private ancestral tour. Our first visit today was New Monklands Kirkyard in Airdrie where Carol [...]


Margaret & Lynne’s Ancestral Tour – Part TWO

Balmoral Castle & Crathie Kirk

Day 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 [...]


Margaret & Lynne’s Ancestral Tour – Part ONE

Margaret, Lynne & Ian

We welcomed Margaret and Lynne White from Texas who were visiting Scotland with Christine Woodcock’s Genealogy Tours of Scotland to research their Scottish ancestral heritage. Day ONE – Margaret and Lynne’s tour began by visiting the Cathcart area of Glasgow where Margaret’s maternal grandmother lived following her husband’s death at Dalmellington Station House in 1915. Afterwards we travelled [...]


North American visitors continue to flock to Scotland

River Tummell near Loch Faskally, Perthshire

The Scottish Government / Riaghaltas na h-Alba Press Release – 15th January 2015 Overseas tourists are spending more Visits to Scotland from North American tourists rose by 32 per cent in the year to the end of September 2014, which led to a 35 per cent growth in expenditure, according to new statistics. Figures from the [...]


Filming & Interview at Stobo Kirk

Stobo Kirk - Headstones, Stained Glass & Jougs

Ian from Borders Journeys was recently interviewed and filmed at Stobo Kirk by Thomas Hogben from DP Digital Media. The interview about ancestral tourism in Scotland was commissioned by Highlands & Islands Enterprise (HIE) and Tourism Intelligence Scotland. Ian chose Stobo Kirk as a venue as Borders Journeys has taken several homecomers there to research their Scottish [...]


Julia & Paul visit the Scottish Borders

Rosslyn Chapel, William & Muckle Moothed Meg

We were delighted to welcome Julia and Paul from the USA on a private tour of the Scottish Borders. Leaving Edinburgh our first visit was to Rosslyn Chapel. The chapel was built between 1446 & 1484 and has been described as an “Architectural Wonder” and a “Library in Stone” because virtually every surface of the building [...]


Scotland Magazine ‘Only Connect’ article

Scotland Magazine - November - December 2014.jpg

The November – December 2014 edition of Scotland Magazine includes an article ‘Only Connect’ about researching Scottish ancestry. Borders Journeys gets a mention in the article: “Specifically tailored private and small group sightseeing and ancestral tours throughout Scotland are provided by Ian Walker of Borders Journeys (www.bordersjourneys.co.uk), specialising in Dumfries & Galloway and the Scottish [...]


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