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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 [...]


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 [...]


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 [...]


Danny Macaskill’s ride of a lifetime along the Cuillin Ridgeline

Black Cuillins

The Black Cullins from Elgol Skye born Danny Macaskill’s death-defying ride along the notorious Cuillin Ridgeline. Beware this film is not for the nervous, however if you don’t watch the film you’ll miss the cycle ride of a lifetime through stunning scenery. Skye born Danny Macaskill’s death-defying ride along the notorious Cuillin Ridgeline. Beware this [...]


News Release – Nordic Visitors Sample Best of the Borders

Piper

Last week, the Scottish Borders welcomed a group of Norwegian and Swedish delegates, in a return visit that suggests a positive future for corporate and international tourism in the area. Twenty-one delegates enjoyed a three-day tour of the Borders, exploring the culture, pursuits and stunning scenery of the region. The visitors work for the VOLT [...]


Family Photographs

Sunday Best

An appointment with the photographer was an important occasion for our ancestors in the 19th and 20th century. Looking through family photographs, it is obvious that ‘Sunday best’ was the ‘order of the day’. It’s fascinating looking at old family photos, they are a snapshot of time and of people who are no longer with [...]


Cynthia’s Journey to her Ancestral Roots in Glasgow & Paisley

Cynthia at Maxwellton Street

Cynthia Dudley is on her first visit to Scotland and wanted to make time to visit places associated with her Scottish ancestors. Borders Journeys organised an ancestral and sightseeing tour for Cynthia where she learned more about her ancestors along with places and traditions connected with them. We collected Cynthia in Edinburgh and travelled to [...]


Who Do You Think You Are? Live – Glasgow 2014

Borders Journeys Backdrop

Who Do You Think You Are? Live will take place at the SECC in Glasgow on the 29th & 30th August 2014. Once again Borders Journeys  has teamed-up with Borders Ancestry to exhibit at this event. If you’re planning to attend Who Do You Think You Are? Live, please come along to stand D35 and [...]


Queen Margaret University Press Release

Ian at Scott's View

Who do you think you are? Business specialists identify opportunities in ancestral tourism With the recent interest in programmes such as the BBC’s ‘Who do you think you are?’ and the continuous enthusiasm from North America in tracing ancestry, it is no surprise that Scottish businesses are seeing the potential in ancestral tourism. Borders Journeys, [...]


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