Castles

New For 2018 – Jacobite Tour of Scotland

Borders Journeys - Jacobite Tour - Lallybroch,,Midhope, Castle Clava Carins, Craigh-na-Dun & Wardlaw Chapel

Glenfinnan, Palace of Holyrood House and Culloden Battlefield Have you ever dreamed about visiting Scotland and following in the footsteps of Bonnie Prince Charlie and the Jacobites? A Jacobite tour with Borders Journeys is an opportunity to immerse yourself in the history, heritage and culture of Scotland, a journey that will take you from Edinburgh’s [...]


Bonnie Prince Charlie and the Jacobites

Borders Journeys - Jacobite Tour - Culloden Battlefield, Traquair House & Glenfinnan

For anyone interested in Bonnie Prince Charlie and the Jacobites, I can thoroughly recommend the fantastic exhibition dedicated to them at the National Museum of Scotland in Edinburgh. The exhibition opened on 23rd June and runs until 12th November 2017. The exhibition has gathered together over 300 historic objects from public and private collections in [...]


Carolyn, Gary & Marilyn’s Grand Tour

Haddon Hall, Anne Hathaway's Cottage & Druid Temple

Carolyn, Gary & Marilyn with Ian at Luss, Hadrian’s Wall and Bettys Tea Room Carolyn, Gary & Marilyn were recently on their third tour with Borders Journeys. The first day was spent in the Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park as Gary wanted to learn more about his Colquhoun ancestry. We spent the bulk of [...]


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. [...]


JM Barrie, Kirriemuir & Glamis Castle

Glamis Castle

JM Barrie, the creator of Peter Pan, was born in Kirriemuir in 1860. Barrie died in London in 1937 and is buried with his parents in Kirriemuir Cemetery. Before his death Barrie gifted the rights to the Peter Pan works to Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children in London which continues to benefit from them. Barrie’s [...]


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 [...]


Castle Howard

Brideshead Revisited - 1981 & 2008 Exhibition

Castle Howard Castle Howard is located in North Yorkshire, 15 miles north of York. The design of the castle began in 1699 for the 3rd Earl of Carlisle by John Vanburgh. Construction started in 1701 and took over a hundred years to complete. Generations of the Earls divided their time between Castle Howard and their [...]


Druid Temple & Brimham Rocks

Brimham Rocks

Druids Temple The Druids Temple is near Ilton in North Yorkshire. The temple is a folly created by William Danby of nearby Swinton Hall in 1820. Danby created the temple to generate work for the local population who were paid 1 shilling a day. A salary was offered for someone to live at the Temple [...]


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 [...]


Outlander Road Trip

Doune Castle - Claire & Murtagh

Lallybroch, Castle Leoch, Fort William & Abbey of Ste. Anne de Beaupré I recently had a fantastic day visiting four Scottish castles used during the filming of Outlander Series One: Midhope Castle – Lallybroch – Jamie’s family home. (Top left photograph) The castle is owned by Hopetoun Estates and is on private land. Contact the estate office to arrange [...]


Glencorse Old Kirk – Outlander Film Set

Glencorse Old Kirk - Interior

Glencorse Old Kirk dates from 1665 and remained in continual use until 1885 when a new larger kirk was built nearby. The Old Kirk quickly fell into disrepair however it has now been sympathetically and beautifully restored by the current owners, the McCaig family. The kirk is situated in the private grounds of Glencorse House [...]


Borders Business, Events & Visitors Fair 2016

Borders Business, Events & Visitors Fair 2016

The annual Borders Business, Events & Visitors Fair 2016 was held on 9th March at Springfield Park in Kelso. The event attracted a large number of visitors, visitor attractions and small independent businesses from all over the Borders, Lothians and Northumberland. As well as a fantastic event for promoting an amazing array of businesses, crafts [...]


Prestonkirk Mill – Outlander Film Set

Preston Mill at East Linton in East Lothian featured in Outlander Series 1 Episode 12 - Lallybroch

There has been a mill on the site of Prestonkirk Mill since the 16th century, however the present buildings date from the 18th century. The mill was used commercially until 1959 and is now owned and maintained by the National Trust for Scotland. Outlander fans will recognise the mill as part of the film set from [...]


Scotland’s Top 20 Visitor Attractions in 2015

Scotland's Top 20 Visitor Attractions 2015

The Association of Scottish Visitor Attractions (ASVA), which represents key visitor attractions in Scotland, has released the Top 20 most visited visitor attractions in Scotland during 2015. Top 20 Scottish Visitor Attractions 1. Edinburgh Castle 2. National Museum of Scotland 3. Scottish National Gallery 4. Kelvingrove Art Gallery 5. Riverside Museum 6. St Giles’ Cathedral 7. Royal [...]


Lauren Visits Rosslyn Chapel and Traquair House

Traquair House

We were delighted to host international travel blogger Lauren Meshkin from Bon Voyage Lauren for four days recently. Following two days visiting the historic visitor attractions of Edinburgh, we spent the day visiting Rosslyn Chapel and Traquair House. Rosslyn Chapel was built between 1446 & 1484 as a Catholic Collegiate Church for the Sinclair family. Described as [...]


Lauren Visits Floors Castle

Floors Castle Terrace Cafe

On the second day of international travel blogger Lauren Meshkin’s tour of the Scottish Borders we visited Floors Castle. Floors Castle on the edge of Kelso is the ancestral seat of the Dukes of Roxburghe. The castle was built during the 1720s by the architect William Adam for the 1st Duke of Roxburghe. During the [...]


Tour of the Scottish Borders

Melrose Abbey, Abbotsford, Floors Castle & Scott's View

Today we welcomed ER from the USA and Vlada from Ukraine for a private sightseeing tour of the Scottish Borders. In the morning we visited the pretty abbey town of Melrose where ER and Vlada enjoyed exploring the ruins of Melrose Abbey and the town’s many independent local shops and galleries. We next visited Abbotsford, [...]


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 [...]


Sadie & Raiden’s Tour to Rosslyn Chapel and the Scottish Borders

Rosslyn Chapel, Melrose Abbey & Glenkinchie Distillery

Sadie & Raiden from Canada are visiting Scotland for the second time. Having read about Rosslyn Chapel and the Scottish Borders, they contacted Borders Journeys to organise a guided sightseeing tour for them. Leaving Edinburgh we travelled firstly to Rosslyn Chapel. The chapel was built between 1446 & 1484 and has been described as an [...]


Stuart & Anthony’s Tour to Glencoe

Doune Castle, Falls of Dochart & Glencoe

We welcomed Stuart and Anthony from Hong Kong on their second private guided sightseeing tour with us. This is Anthony’s first visit to Scotland, he had never seen or touched snow and this was an ambition his. Our challenge for the day was set to ensure Anthony achieved both ambitions! The day held so much [...]


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 [...]


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 [...]


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 [...]


Commonwealth Games Athletes’ Tour with Borders Journeys

Stirling Castle

We welcomed swimmers and officials from the Bahama’s Commonwealth Games Swimming Team on a private tour to Stirling Castle, Glengoyne Ditillery and Loch Lomond. After collecting the team at the Athletes Village we travelled to Stirling Castle where everyone enjoyed their tour around the castle and the historic town. Travelling through the Loch Lomond and [...]


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