Doune Castle

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 [...]


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. [...]


Outlander Filming in Edinburgh

Outlander Season 3 Filming in Edinburgh

Last week was certainly an interesting one witnessing the filming of Outlander Season 3 in Edinburgh. Season 3 is based on Diana Gabaldon’s third book – Voyager. The Outlander trilogy follows the adventures of Jamie and Claire Fraser in Scotland and further afield (I won’t say where as I don’t want to spoil the storyline [...]


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 [...]


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 [...]


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 [...]


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 [...]


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 [...]


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 [...]


Brian, Craig, Jason, Jen, & Sarah’s Tour of Scotland

Glencoe

Brian, Craig, Jason, Jen, & Sarah were visiting Scotland and asked Borders Journeys to organise a day tour where they could experience the history and culture of the country. Leaving Edinburgh our first stop was the 14th century Doune Castle. The castle was built in the late 14th century by the Duke of Albany, Regent [...]


Some of our recent tours of Scotland & Northumberland

Kristof and Annelies at Balquhidder

Dan & Sarah’s Honeymoon Trip to the Borders Dan & Sarah from California are visiting Scotland for the first time on honeymoon. Sarah organised the private tour for Dan to visit the region associated with his family name, Scott. Although Dan’s family have been researching the Scott family name, they have been unable to make [...]


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