Scottish roots

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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


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’ […]


Allan visits Crawfordjohn & Wanlockhead

Allan Skuce from Canada was in London on business and travelled to Edinburgh to visit relatives. In Edinburgh, Allan contacted Borders Journeys as he wanted to visit the area around Crawfordjohn and Wanlockhead where his wife Lorna’s Williamson ancestors belonged. We took Allan to Crawfordjohn Churchyard in South Lanarkshire where we found many of Lorna’s […]


Doug & Lisa visit to the land of their ancestors

Doug & Lisa at Dalveen Pass

Doug & Lisa Holm are on their first visit to Scotland and wanted to make time to visit the areas connected with their Scottish ancestors. Borders Journeys organised an ancestral and sightseeing tour for Doug & Lisa where they would learn about the people, places and traditions connected with their ancestors. Leaving Edinburgh, our first […]


Some of our recent tours of Scotland & Northumberland

Kristof and Annelies at Balquhidder

Dan & Sarah’s Honeymoon Trip to the Borders Dan & Sarah from California are visiting Scotland for the first time on honeymoon. Sarah organised the private tour for Dan to visit the region associated with his family name, Scott. Although Dan’s family have been researching the Scott family name, they have been unable to make […]


Interview with Christine Woodcock of Genealogy Tours of Scotland

Laurie, Sylvia & Nancy on their ancestral tours

By Ceris Aston of Borders Journeys It’s been a busy few weeks at Borders Journeys. Over the past fortnight, Ian has led individuals and families from Canada on ancestral tours around Scotland and Northern England  from Tarland in Aberdeenshire to Carlisle in Cumbria. We set up the tours in partnership with Canada-based organisation Genealogy Tours […]


Sylvia’s ancestral journey to Aberdeenshire

Tarland Coull

Sylvia Mayberry from Canada was visiting Scotland to trace her Scottish ancestral roots with Genealogy Tours of Scotland. Sylvia’s Reid ancestors lived in Tarland and Coull Parishes in Aberdeenshire prior to emigrating to Canada in the 19th century. Borders Journeys organised an ancestral tour for Sylvia to visit places where her ancestors had lived and […]


Nancy returns to her ancestral roots in the Borders

Borders Family History Society Hawick Heritage Hub Johnstons of Elgin

Nancy Huntley from Canada is visiting Scotland with Genealogy Tours of Scotland to trace her Scottish ancestral roots. Borders Journeys organised a three day ancestral tour for Nancy to visit places associated with her ancestors along with heritage attractions. Collecting Nancy in Edinburgh she first visited Rosslyn Chapel where she marvelled in its historical splendour […]


Laurie visits her ancestral roots in the Borders and Midlothian

Melrose Scott's View

Laurie Thomas from Canada is visiting Scotland with Genealogy Tours of Scotland to trace her Scottish ancestral roots. Borders Journeys organised an ancestral and sightseeing tour of the Borders and Midlothian where Laurie could walk in the footsteps of her ancestors. After collecting Laurie in Edinburgh we headed to the Borders. Our first stop was […]


Christine Woodcock walks in her Cumbrian ancestors’ footsteps

Christine's Ancestral Visits

Christine Woodcock and her family joined us on an ancestral tour of their ancestral roots. Christine was born in Scotland but emigrated as a small child with her family to Canada. Each year Christine who is Director of Genealogy Tours of Scotland organises a tour to Scotland where ‘homecomers’ return to their ancestral roots. The homecomers’ […]


Ancestral Services Leaflet

Ancestral Flyer

Revealed! Our new Ancestral Services leaflet. Tomorrow Ian and Ceris will be attending the Scottish Association of Family History Societies Conference at the Carnegie Conference Centre in Dunfermline. We’ll be exhibiting on Stand 56 – if you’re there, come along and say hello to us. Borders Journeys‘ researcher Ian not only gives research advice but will […]


Spring 2014 Newsletter

Spring Newsletter

Our Spring Newsletter is now available to view on this link. If you would like to receive future Newsletters by email, please send your contact details to info@bordersjourneys.co.uk


Borders Journeys’ 2014 Leaflet

We have collected our 2014 leaflet in time to launch it at Who Do You Think You Are? Live at Olympia in London this week. If you would like copies of the leaflet, please contact us and we’ll arrange to deliver them to you. Contact details: Tel: (+44) 0131 450 7151 or (+44) 07794 021819 […]


Murray Family’s Ancestral Tour of the Scottish Borders

Murray Family's Ancestral Tour of the Borders

The Murray family from Maine and New York State visited the Borders to research their family history. Borders Journeys organised an ancestral tour to Stobo, Drumelzier, Glenholm, Broughton and Penicuik Kirkyards. It was a very successful day for the family as we located the final resting places of many of their ancestors. The families being researched […]


Kaz and Jo’s Ancestral Tour

Kaz and Jo's Ancestral Tour

Kaz from Musselburgh along with her cousisn Jo and Billy from Australia had an ancestral tour of Stockbridge in Edinburgh and the Scottish Borders. The tour started by visiting Saunders Street where their grandmother had lived and where their mothers grew-up; sadly the family home was demolished in the 1960s as part of the regeneration […]


Heather York’s Ancestral Journey to Crawfordjohn

Heather York's Ancestral Journey

Heather and Maurice York from Australia were joined by her distant cousin Elma on an ancestral tour to South Lanarkshire. At Crawfordjohn Heather was delighted to ‘meet’ her great great grandparents – parents of her great grandfather, Andrew Williamson, who emigrated to New Zealand in the 1860s. Heather’s ancestry can be traced back to her […]


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