Private sightseeing tour of Scotland

Happy St Andrew’s Day

“The birth-place of Valour, the country of Worth; Wherever I wander, wherever I rove, The hills of the Highlands for ever I love.” Robert Burns (1759-1796) Happy St Andrew’s Day to all of our family, friends and followers. St Andrew is Scotland’s patron saint but who was he? Andrew was a Galilean fisherman before he […]


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. […]


Carol Bossenberry’s Ancestral Tour

Carol Bossenberry

We first met Carol last year when she was visiting Scotland with Christine Woodcock’s Genealogy Tours of Scotland. Carol decided to return to Scotland this year for a tour of the country as well as contacting Borders Journeys for a private ancestral tour. Our first visit today was New Monklands Kirkyard in Airdrie where Carol […]


Margaret & Lynne’s Ancestral Tour – Part TWO

Balmoral Castle & Crathie Kirk

Day Three – After two days researching their ancestral heritage in Ayrshire, Margaret and Lynne’s journey now took them north to Turriff in Aberdeenshire. Lynne and her two brothers all share their ancestors’ surname Turriff as their middle name. Leaving Glasgow we travelled north through Perthshire and Angus into Aberdeenshire. We had lovely morning coffee […]


Margaret & Lynne’s Ancestral Tour – Part ONE

Margaret, Lynne & Ian

We welcomed Margaret and Lynne White from Texas who were visiting Scotland with Christine Woodcock’s Genealogy Tours of Scotland to research their Scottish ancestral heritage. Day ONE – Margaret and Lynne’s tour began by visiting the Cathcart area of Glasgow where Margaret’s maternal grandmother lived following her husband’s death at Dalmellington Station House in 1915. Afterwards we travelled […]


Sadie & Raiden’s Tour to Rosslyn Chapel and the Scottish Borders

Rosslyn Chapel, Melrose Abbey & Glenkinchie Distillery

Sadie & Raiden from Canada are visiting Scotland for the second time. Having read about Rosslyn Chapel and the Scottish Borders, they contacted Borders Journeys to organise a guided sightseeing tour for them. Leaving Edinburgh we travelled firstly to Rosslyn Chapel. The chapel was built between 1446 & 1484 and has been described as an […]


Stuart & Anthony’s Tour to Glencoe

Doune Castle, Falls of Dochart & Glencoe

We welcomed Stuart and Anthony from Hong Kong on their second private guided sightseeing tour with us. This is Anthony’s first visit to Scotland, he had never seen or touched snow and this was an ambition his. Our challenge for the day was set to ensure Anthony achieved both ambitions! The day held so much […]


Stuart & Anthony’s Tour of Edinburgh and Rosslyn Chapel

Palace of Holyroodhouse, Rosslyn Chapel & Roslin Castle

We welcomed Stuart and Anthony from Hong Kong on a private guided sightseeing tour of Edinburgh and Rosslyn Chapel. Despite the heavy rain, sleet and hail stones we visited the Old and New Towns, Palace of Holyroodhouse, Calton Hill, Grassmarket and Greyfriars Kirk in Edinburgh. Tea along with scones and shortbread were a very welcome […]


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 […]


Roger & Jolene tour Rosslyn Chapel and the Scottish Borders

Rosslyn Chapel, Bear Gates at Traquair House & Melrose Abbey

Roger & Jolene were on their first visit to Scotland from Louisiana in the USA. Having read about Rosslyn Chapel and the Scottish Borders, Roger & Jolene contacted Borders Journeys to organise a private guided sightseeing tour for them. Leaving Edinburgh we travelled firstly to Rosslyn Chapel. The magnificent chapel looked particularly stunning with a […]


North American visitors continue to flock to Scotland

River Tummell near Loch Faskally, Perthshire

The Scottish Government / Riaghaltas na h-Alba Press Release – 15th January 2015 Overseas tourists are spending more Visits to Scotland from North American tourists rose by 32 per cent in the year to the end of September 2014, which led to a 35 per cent growth in expenditure, according to new statistics. Figures from the […]


Kuchel Family’s Tour

Rosslyn Chapel

We welcomed the Kuchel family from Australia on our first tour of 2015. It proved to be the proverbial four seasons in one day as we encountered glorious sunshine, rain, sleet and hail. Collecting the family in Edinburgh, we travelled to Rosslyn Chapel. The chapel was built between 1446 & 1484 and has been described […]


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 […]


Julia & Paul visit the Scottish Borders

Rosslyn Chapel, William & Muckle Moothed Meg

We were delighted to welcome Julia and Paul from the USA on a private tour of the Scottish Borders. Leaving Edinburgh our first visit was to Rosslyn Chapel. The chapel was built between 1446 & 1484 and has been described as an “Architectural Wonder” and a “Library in Stone” because virtually every surface of the building […]


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 […]


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