Walking 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 [...]


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 [...]


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 [...]


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 [...]


Scotland’s Top 20 Visitor Attractions in 2015

Scotland's Top 20 Visitor Attractions 2015

The Association of Scottish Visitor Attractions (ASVA), which represents key visitor attractions in Scotland, has released the Top 20 most visited visitor attractions in Scotland during 2015. Top 20 Scottish Visitor Attractions 1. Edinburgh Castle 2. National Museum of Scotland 3. Scottish National Gallery 4. Kelvingrove Art Gallery 5. Riverside Museum 6. St Giles’ Cathedral 7. Royal [...]


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 [...]


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 [...]


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, [...]


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 [...]


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 [...]


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 [...]


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, [...]


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. [...]


Falkland, St. Andrews and East Neuk of Fife

St. Andrews

We recently provided our tour guide services to Abbey Tours Scotland by taking a group of visitors from Belgium to Falkland, St. Andrews and the East Neuk of Fife. The tour was to be a day to relax and unwind as several of the party had participated in the Edinburgh Marathon the day before. The day [...]


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


Press Release – 10th March 2014

Local ancestry companies draw crowds at Who Do You Think You Are? Live in London. 10th March 2014 Edinburgh – Three Borders ancestral and historical research companies recently travelled to Olympia, London to exhibit at Who Do You Think You Are? Live (WDYTYA? Live). Over the last weekend of February, Borders Journeys, Borders Ancestry and Berwick Time [...]


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