Dumfriesshire

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 [...]


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 [...]


Jo Ann & Sue’s Ancestral Tour

Jo Ann Michetti & Sue Nelson

Jo Ann and Sue from the USA are visiting Scotland with Christine Woodcock’s Genealogy Tours of Scotland to research their ancestral heritage. The ladies contacted Borders Journeys to organise an ancestral and sightseeing tour for them to Dumfries & Galloway. Travelling from Edinburgh to Dumfries & Galloway we stopped to admire the stunning Dalveen Pass. [...]


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

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 [...]


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 [...]


Rosslyn Chapel & the Scottish Borders

Today we welcomed Gretchen & Matt Seif and Mr & Mrs Napoli on a tour to Rosslyn Chapel, the Scottish Borders and Glenkinchie Distellery. Our tour began by visiting Rosslyn Chapel. The chapel was built between 1446 & 1484 and has been described as an “Architectural Wonder” and a “Library in Stone” as virtually every [...]


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 [...]


VisitScotland News Release

Scott's View

Friday 1 August, 2014 International visitors are ‘homing in’ on the Scottish Borders during 2014 A Scottish Borders business has been cashing in on the opportunities presented by this unique year for Scottish tourism. Borders Journeys, a company which brings numerous visitors to the region, has capitalised on Homecoming Scotland 2014 which is a year [...]


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’ [...]


Allan visits Crawfordjohn & Wanlockhead

Library

Allan Skuce from Canada was in London on business and travelled to Edinburgh to visit relatives. In Edinburgh, Allan contacted Borders Journeys as he wanted to visit the area around Crawfordjohn and Wanlockhead where his wife Lorna’s Williamson ancestors belonged. We took Allan to Crawfordjohn Churchyard in South Lanarkshire where we found many of Lorna’s [...]


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 [...]


Christine Woodcock walks in her Cumbrian ancestors’ footsteps

Christine's Ancestral Visits

Christine Woodcock and her family joined us on an ancestral tour of their ancestral roots. Christine was born in Scotland but emigrated as a small child with her family to Canada. Each year Christine who is Director of Genealogy Tours of Scotland organises a tour to Scotland where ‘homecomers’ return to their ancestral roots. The homecomers’ [...]


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


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