Glasgow

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 [...]


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 [...]


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 [...]


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 [...]


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 [...]


City Tours of Edinburgh and Glasgow

Glasgow

Ian recently spent two days working with Wind & Cloud Travel Ltd and Denise of Sandstonecastles with their programme for training German speaking tour guides. Both days were spent exploring Edinburgh and Glasgow’s historic buildings, galleries and visitor attractions. By the end of the two days the trainee tour guides were confident about guiding visitors around both cities. Edinburgh Glasgow More photographs [...]


Scotland in January

St. Andrews

Loch Tulla near Bridge of Orchy During 2015 Ian will be working with CIE International as a Tour Manager on a part-time basis. As part of the induction process Ian participated in a Field Trip of Scotland during the last weekend of January. During the trip we visited Loch Lomond, Glencoe, Ballachulish, Inverness, Nairn, Pitlochry and St. Andrews. [...]


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 [...]


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 [...]


Cynthia’s Journey to her Ancestral Roots in Glasgow & Paisley

Cynthia at Maxwellton Street

Cynthia Dudley is on her first visit to Scotland and wanted to make time to visit places associated with her Scottish ancestors. Borders Journeys organised an ancestral and sightseeing tour for Cynthia where she learned more about her ancestors along with places and traditions connected with them. We collected Cynthia in Edinburgh and travelled to [...]


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, [...]


Barbara’s Ancestral Journey leads to Quarriers Village

Quarriers Village

One of Borders Journeys‘ oldest friends Barbara Blackport is back in Scotland for another visit. We organised a tour where Barbara could visit the ancestral roots of her great grandfather William Ferguson in Glasgow and Quarriers Village at Bridge of Weir. William was born in 1858 in Glasgow and orphaned young. He spent time in [...]


Culzean Castle & Dumfries House

Culzean Castle

We were joined by Janet, Margaret & Sylvia for a tour to Culzean Castle & Dumfries House in Ayrshire. Leaving Edinburgh we travelled south to Ayrshire. Our first stop was Culzean Castle which was  the ancestral home of the Kennedy family until the Marquis of Ailsa gifted it to the National Trust in 1945. An [...]


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’ [...]


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