Scottish ancestral roots

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. […]


Laurel’s Ancestral Tour of Scotland & Northumberland

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 […]


Janet & Libby’s Ancestral Tour

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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


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 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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


Danny Macaskill’s ride of a lifetime along the Cuillin Ridgeline

Black Cuillins

The Black Cullins from Elgol Skye born Danny Macaskill’s death-defying ride along the notorious Cuillin Ridgeline. Beware this film is not for the nervous, however if you don’t watch the film you’ll miss the cycle ride of a lifetime through stunning scenery. Skye born Danny Macaskill’s death-defying ride along the notorious Cuillin Ridgeline. Beware this […]


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 […]


Carolyn, Gary & Marilyn’s Ancestral Adventures

Falkland - 14th July 2014

For nearly a year Borders Journeys worked with Carolyn, Gary & Marilyn from the USA planning their holiday of a lifetime to connect with their Scottish, Welsh and Irish ancestral roots. We met Carolyn, Gary & Marilyn at Edinburgh Airport for the start of their 11 day adventure with us. Leaving Edinburgh our first stop […]


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’ […]


Alber Family’s Tour of Scotland

We welcomed Leo, Melissa, Jessica, Patrick & Barbara Alber from Canada on their first visit to Scotland for a four day private tour. Leaving Edinburgh our first stop was South Queensferry to view the bridges. Travelling through Fife we arrived in St. Andrews where we explored town’s Cathedral, Castle, University Museum and Old Golf Course. […]


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