Ayrshire

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 [...]


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 [...]


Year of Food and Drink Scotland 2015

Year of Food and Drink Scotland 2015

Calling all connoisseurs of food and drink! Did you know that 2015 is Scotland’s Year of Food and Drink? If you are thinking about planning a trip to Scotland then 2015 is your year to visit. Packed with brilliant moments, The Year of Food and Drink Scotland 2015 will serve up a year-long mix of events and [...]


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 [...]


Scotland Magazine ‘Only Connect’ article

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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 [...]


Dumfries House

Rothesay & Woodland Gardens and Adam Bridge

Dumfries House Dumfries House was designed and built in the Palladian style by John and Robert Adam and furnished by furniture designed by Thomas Chippendale. Until 2007 the house and estate was the private property of the Marquis of Bute. In November 2007 the house and estate were purchased from 7th Marquis by a consortium [...]


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 [...]


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, [...]


Culzean Castle & Dumfries House

Culzean Castle

We were joined by Janet, Margaret & Sylvia for a tour to Culzean Castle & Dumfries House in Ayrshire. Leaving Edinburgh we travelled south to Ayrshire. Our first stop was Culzean Castle which was  the ancestral home of the Kennedy family until the Marquis of Ailsa gifted it to the National Trust in 1945. An [...]


Ancestral Services Leaflet

Ancestral Flyer

Revealed! Our new Ancestral Services leaflet. Tomorrow Ian and Ceris will be attending the Scottish Association of Family History Societies Conference at the Carnegie Conference Centre in Dunfermline. We’ll be exhibiting on Stand 56 – if you’re there, come along and say hello to us. Borders Journeys‘ researcher Ian not only gives research advice but will [...]


Borders Journeys’ 2014 Leaflet

2014 Leaflet 2

We have collected our 2014 leaflet in time to launch it at Who Do You Think You Are? Live at Olympia in London this week. If you would like copies of the leaflet, please contact us and we’ll arrange to deliver them to you. Contact details: Tel: (+44) 0131 450 7151 or (+44) 07794 021819 [...]


The Borderers head for Who Do You Think You Are? Live

Who Do You Think You Are

Ian from Borders Journeys along with Susie Douglas from Borders Ancestry and Jim Herbert from Berwick Time Lines will be exhibiting at Who Do You Think You Are? Live at London Olympia from 20th – 22nd February 2014. Come and meet us at Stand 424.


Guided tour of Scotland

St. Andrews

We provided our tour guide services to Abbey Tours Scotland  for a tour of Scotland for twenty visitors from Canada. Our daily scheduled tours depart from Stance F (ZF), Waterloo Place, Edinburgh (next to the entrance to Old Calton Cemetery). Tours of Scotland are available for private or small groups from Edinburgh, Glasgow, Dumfries & Galloway [...]


Ancestral tour of the Borders, Ayrshire and Paisley

Ancestral tour of Ayrshire and Paisley

Today we took Mr & Mrs Acker and Mrs & Mrs Dunn from Alabama for a private sightseeing tour of the Scottish Borders, Ayrshire and Paisley. The theme of the tour was a visit to places associated with Bill Acker’s ancestry. Top row – Dumfries House & Dundonald Castle Middle row – Mr & Mrs [...]


Dumfries House and Wanlockhead

Beam Engie and Miners' Corttage

Visit to Dumfries House and Wanlockhead by Deborah, Geoffrey, Graham and Sandra from Australia. Dumfries House was designed and built in the Palladian style by John and Robert Adam and furnished by furniture designed by Thomas Chippendale. Until 2007 the house and estate was the private property of the Marquis’ of Bute. In November 2007 [...]


Dumfries House and Culzean Castle

Garden at Culzean Castle

Staff and students from Park University, Parkville, Missouri’s visit to Dumfries House and Culzean Castle. Dumfries House Garden at Dumfries House Culzean Castle Garden at Culzean Castle Our daily scheduled tours depart from Stance F (ZF), Waterloo Place, Edinburgh (next to the entrance to Old Calton Cemetery). This tour to Dumfries House and Culzean Castle [...]


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