Private Tours

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 [...]


Carolyn, Gary & Marilyn’s Grand Tour

Haddon Hall, Anne Hathaway's Cottage & Druid Temple

Carolyn, Gary & Marilyn with Ian at Luss, Hadrian’s Wall and Bettys Tea Room Carolyn, Gary & Marilyn were recently on their third tour with Borders Journeys. The first day was spent in the Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park as Gary wanted to learn more about his Colquhoun ancestry. We spent the bulk of [...]


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 [...]


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 [...]


VisitScotland Press Release – Tracing your #ScotSpirit

VisitScotland Filmshoot Still - Ian Walker of Borders Journeys

13th January 2017 Tour guide and genealogist Ian Walker is the star of the latest Spirit of Scotland film. Credit: Cut Media NOT many people are able to say that they can give others a ‘sense of who they are’, but this is exactly what tour guide and genealogist Ian Walker does for a living. [...]


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, [...]


JM Barrie, Kirriemuir & Glamis Castle

Glamis Castle

JM Barrie, the creator of Peter Pan, was born in Kirriemuir in 1860. Barrie died in London in 1937 and is buried with his parents in Kirriemuir Cemetery. Before his death Barrie gifted the rights to the Peter Pan works to Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children in London which continues to benefit from them. Barrie’s [...]


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 [...]


Castle Howard

Brideshead Revisited - 1981 & 2008 Exhibition

Castle Howard Castle Howard is located in North Yorkshire, 15 miles north of York. The design of the castle began in 1699 for the 3rd Earl of Carlisle by John Vanburgh. Construction started in 1701 and took over a hundred years to complete. Generations of the Earls divided their time between Castle Howard and their [...]


Druid Temple & Brimham Rocks

Brimham Rocks

Druids Temple The Druids Temple is near Ilton in North Yorkshire. The temple is a folly created by William Danby of nearby Swinton Hall in 1820. Danby created the temple to generate work for the local population who were paid 1 shilling a day. A salary was offered for someone to live at the Temple [...]


Janet & Libby’s Ancestral Tour

Janet & Libby in Newcastleton and Hermitage Castle

First cousins Janet & Libby from Canada recently spent a three day ancestral tour with Borders Journeys. The first two days were spent researching their Amos ancestral heritage in Carlisle. Janet & Libby’s first visit was to St. Michael’s Church at Stanwix. Most of the headstones in the churchyard have been cleared away to create [...]


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 [...]


Elliot Family’s Ancestral Tour

Elliot Family visit to Redheugh & Scott's View

The Elliot family from Canada recently spent a day with Borders Journeys visiting their ancestral roots in the Scottish Borders. It was a glorious sunny day which was perfect for showcasing the beauty of the region. Our first visit of the day was Scott’s View which was Sir Walter Scott’s favourite view of the Eildon Hills. [...]


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 [...]


Culloden – 270th Anniversary Commemoration

Culloden Battlefield and Visitor Centre - April 2016 5

It was incredibly emotional and moving to witness the commemorations surrounding the 270th anniversary of the Battle of Culloden. The battle was fought on 16th April 1746 at Culloden Moor between the Jacobite Army led by Prince Charles Edward Stuart (Bonnie Prince Charlie) and the Government Army led by the Duke of Cumberland. The battle [...]


Outlander Road Trip

Doune Castle - Claire & Murtagh

Lallybroch, Castle Leoch, Fort William & Abbey of Ste. Anne de Beaupré I recently had a fantastic day visiting four Scottish castles used during the filming of Outlander Series One: Midhope Castle – Lallybroch – Jamie’s family home. (Top left photograph) The castle is owned by Hopetoun Estates and is on private land. Contact the estate office to arrange [...]


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 [...]


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 [...]


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 [...]


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