Dumfries

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 [...]


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 [...]


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 [...]


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, [...]


Carolyn, Gary & Marilyn’s Ancestral Adventures

Falkland - 14th July 2014

For nearly a year Borders Journeys worked with Carolyn, Gary & Marilyn from the USA planning their holiday of a lifetime to connect with their Scottish, Welsh and Irish ancestral roots. We met Carolyn, Gary & Marilyn at Edinburgh Airport for the start of their 11 day adventure with us. Leaving Edinburgh our first stop [...]


Latest Tourism Related News

Eildon Hills in the Scottish Borders from Scott's View

  Cabers ready for world record tossing bid in Inverness BBC article published on Wednesday 10th September 2014 Two hundred cabers have been made in preparation for a simultaneous caber tossing world record attempt in Inverness on Friday. The bid will be made during the Masters World Championships in the city’s Bught Park. Dubbed the Tomatin Toss, the games’ [...]


Cindy & Lëmisø’s Grand Tour of the South of Scotland

Cindy & Lëmisø's Grand Tour - Day Six

Recently Cindy and her son Lëmisø from Washington State in the USA joined us on a six day private sightseeing tour of the South of Scotland. Cindy and Lëmisø have visited Scotland several times and were keen to explore Dumfries & Galloway and the Scottish Borders. We designed a tour where they would discover the beauty, history and culture of the ‘south’. Day [...]


Doug & Lisa visit to the land of their ancestors

Doug & Lisa at Dalveen Pass

Doug & Lisa Holm are on their first visit to Scotland and wanted to make time to visit the areas connected with their Scottish ancestors. Borders Journeys organised an ancestral and sightseeing tour for Doug & Lisa where they would learn about the people, places and traditions connected with their ancestors. Leaving Edinburgh, our first [...]


Lyn & Peter Huk’s Ancestral Tour

Lyn & Peter's Huk's Ancestral Tour - Jedburgh Alnwick Castle Flodden Field

Lyn & Peter Huk from Australia are on a week long ancestral tour to Dumfries & Galloway and the Scottish Borders. Their tour was planned as Lyn wished to learn more about her Scottish ancestors along with the people, places and traditions connected with them. In advance of their visit, Ian had already researched Lyn’s Anderson, Geddes, Scott and Tweedie [...]


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 [...]


Spring 2014 Newsletter

Spring Newsletter

Our Spring Newsletter is now available to view on this link. If you would like to receive future Newsletters by email, please send your contact details to info@bordersjourneys.co.uk


Press Release – 10th March 2014

Local ancestry companies draw crowds at Who Do You Think You Are? Live in London. 10th March 2014 Edinburgh – Three Borders ancestral and historical research companies recently travelled to Olympia, London to exhibit at Who Do You Think You Are? Live (WDYTYA? Live). Over the last weekend of February, Borders Journeys, Borders Ancestry and Berwick Time [...]


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 [...]


Rocco and Kris’ visit to the Scottish Borders

Rocco & Kris' visit to William Wallace Monument

Rocco visited the Borders last year along with his colleagues; during their visit Borders Journeys provided them with a tour of the area. Rocco enjoyed his visit to the Borders so much that he decided to return and this time brought his wife Kris. Borders Journeys organised a private tour for Rocco and Kris which [...]


Cove, Etal, Flodden and the Scottish Borders

Twizel Bridge, Flodden & Greyfriras Kirk

Martin, Jean, Marilyn and Fiona joined us on a tour to Cove, Etal, Flodden and the Scottish Borders. From Edinburgh we travelled through East Lothian to the picturesque fishing village of Cove. Cove was a popular subject for ‘The Glasgow Boys’ who based themselves in the area during the 19th century. We next visited the [...]


Faith, Mary, Rhoda and Amy’s Tour

Faith, Rhoda, Mary & Amy's Tour

Faith, Mary, Rhoda and Amy’s spent eight days with us exploring Dumfries & Galloway, Edinburgh, Northumberland and Scottish Borders. Highlights included visits to Abbotsford, Alnwick Castle, Berwickshire Coast, Floors Castle, Jedburgh, Kelso, Melrose, Peebles Samye Ling Tibetan Centre, Traquair House. More photographs can be found on Borders Journeys’ Facebook: Day Two – Ancestral tour to Hawick [...]


Faith, Mary & Rhoda visit their ancestral roots in the Scottish Borders

Faith, Rhoda and Mary's visit to Kirkton Kirk

For several months we have been assisting Faith, Mary & Rhoda from Nebraska to trace their ancestral roots in the Scottish Borders. During the ladies’ first visit to Scotland we took the three ladies on an ancestral tour to the places associated with their ancestors at Kirkton and Hawick. Although we know from the Old [...]


Belgian Journalists visit the Scottish Borders

Traquair House and Abbotsford

We provided a guided sightseeing tour for six Belgian Journalists. The visit was arranged by VisitScotland to promote the beauty, history and culture of the Scottish Borders to the Belgian tourist market.  Traquair House and Abbotsford  Abbotsford  Melrose Abbey and Scott’s View  Rosslyn Chapel and Muckle Moothed Meg & Will Scott Our daily tours departs [...]


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 [...]


Murray Family’s Ancestral Tour of the Scottish Borders

Murray Family's Ancestral Tour of the Borders

The Murray family from Maine and New York State visited the Borders to research their family history. Borders Journeys organised an ancestral tour to Stobo, Drumelzier, Glenholm, Broughton and Penicuik Kirkyards. It was a very successful day for the family as we located the final resting places of many of their ancestors. The families being researched [...]


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