Scottish Borders

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 [...]


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, [...]


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 [...]


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 [...]


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 [...]


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 [...]


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 [...]


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 [...]


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 [...]


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 [...]


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 [...]


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 [...]


Rosslyn Chapel & the Scottish Borders

Today we welcomed Gretchen & Matt Seif and Mr & Mrs Napoli on a tour to Rosslyn Chapel, the Scottish Borders and Glenkinchie Distellery. Our tour began by visiting Rosslyn Chapel. The chapel was built between 1446 & 1484 and has been described as an “Architectural Wonder” and a “Library in Stone” as virtually every [...]


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 [...]


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 [...]


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