East Lothian

Scottish Flag Heritage Centre – Athelstaneford

Athelstaneford Doocot - Flag Heritage Centre

The St. Andrew’s Cross or Saltire is Scotland’s national flag. Tradition has it that the flag, the oldest in Europe and the Commonwealth, originates in a battle fought close to the village of Athelstaneford in East Lothian. The battle between an army of Picts and Scots against Northumbrians was believed to have taken place in […]


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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


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, […]


Greg & Alicia’s tour to Bamburgh and Flodden

Greg & Alicia at Bamburgh Castle

Grace & Alicia arrive at Newhaven then visit Bamburgh Castle Greg & Alicia arrived at Newhaven Quay in torrential rain from their cruise ship, Cunards Queen Victoria – the haar was so thick that the ship couldn’t be seen from the quayside. We were fully expecting the tour to Bamburgh Castle and Flodden Field to […]


Who Do You Think You Are? Live 2014

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Left to Right – Jim, Susie, Jen & Ian / Our Stand / Susie, Jen & Ian Last week Borders Journeys, Borders Ancestry and Berwick Time Lines headed south for the season’s biggest event in the ancestral history calendar: Who Do You Think You Are? Live in Olympia, London. The world’s biggest family history show […]


Borders Journeys’ 2014 Leaflet

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.


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 […]


Holy Island, Bamburgh and Berwickshire Coast

Gareth & Barbara at Cove

Photographs from our tour to Holy Island of Lindisfarne, Bamburgh and Berwickshire Coast on 24th May 2013 with Barbara and Gareth. Parish Church of St. Mary the Virgin and Lindisfarne Priory from St. Cuthbert’s Island Lindisfarne Castle Bamburgh Castle Monument for Grace Darling in St. Aidan’s Churchyard St. Abbs Head from St. Abbs Harbour Gareth […]


Jackie Cichon finds her ancestral roots in the Scottish Borders

Jackie Cichon contacted Borders Journeys back in March requesting us to organise an ancestral tour of the Scottish Borders for her. Jackie’s Anderson ancestors had been Blacksmith’s in Cockburnpath, Edington and Crossgatehall before emigrating to America in the 19th century. Prior to her visit we corresponded regularly by email; Jackie provided us with locations where […]


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