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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 [...]


Headstone mystery is solved

David & Christina Cunningham - July 2014

A family photograph that belonged to my grandmother of a headstone following a funeral in memory of four children, led me to research their story. Searching ScotlandsPeople Death Index, I found  Christina Cunningham dying aged 8 months, she died of bronchitis and pneumonia on 20th February 1895 at 31 James Street, Pilrig in Edinburgh. Searching the Birth Records, [...]


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 [...]


Cunningham Ancestral Tour

Kirkton Burial Ground 3 - Ginny, Kathy & Jim

My relatives from the USA recently paid me visit. Siblings Ginny, Kathy & Jim along with Ginny’s husband David were interested to learn more about their Scottish ancestry. Our common ancestors are James & Annie Cunningham Nee Weir of Normangill Farm in Crawford Parish, Lanarkshire. James & Annie were married in 1860 at Ponfeigh in [...]


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 [...]


Document Scotland – The Ties That Bind Exhibition

Unsullied & Untarnished by Jeremy Sutton-Hibbert

Document Scotland was formed in 2012 by four Scots-born and internationally acclaimed photographers: Colin McPherson, Jeremy Sutton-Hibbert, Sophie Gerrard and Stephen McLaren. In the last few years Scotland has witnessed an intense period of self-examination that has brought about questions of personal and national identity. Collectively and individually, the four photographers explore particular strands of [...]


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 [...]


Wojtek The Bear

Wojtek the Bear - Princes Street Gardens - 21st November 2015

The statue of Wojtek The Bear was unveiled on 7th November 2015 in Princes Street Gardens in Edinburgh. Wojtek (1942–1963) was a Syrian brown bear found in Iran and adopted by soldiers of the 22nd Artillery Supply Company of the Polish II Corps. He was given the name Wojtek which is a Slavic name meaning ‘joyful warrior’.  Wojtek [...]


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 [...]


Betty, Renae & Becky’s Ancestral Journey to Ettrick

Betty, Renae & Becky’s Ancestral Journey 2

Betty, Renae and Becky were visiting Scotland to research their Scott ancestry in Ettrick and asked Borders Journeys to design an ancestral tour for them. The three ladies were also joined by their cousin Joan and friend Alice. On Day One of their visit Ian gave the ladies a guided tour of Edinburgh visiting the [...]


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 [...]


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, [...]


Tony’s Ancestral Tour

Tony Wilson

Last year we met Tony & Joanne Wilson from California when they joined Borders Journeys for an ancestral tour. This year Tony decided to join Christine Woodcock’s Geanealogy Tours of Scotland programme to undertake further ancestral research in Edinburgh’s archives. Taking a break from his research, Tony booked a further ancestral tour with us in [...]


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. [...]


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