Elliot Family’s Ancestral Tour

The Elliot Family at Scott's View

The Elliot Family at 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. We travelled on to Jedburgh where we had morning coffee by the abbey. Leaving Jedburgh we travelled through Liddesdale, an area associated with the Elliot clan and certainly familiar to the family’s ancestors.

We next visit was to the 14th century Hermitage Castle which was key to controlling the Scottish Middle March (Borderland between Scotland and England). The castle is a breathtaking eerie ruin, set in a lonely spot with a history filled with intrigue, murder, torture and treason. One local described the castle as “sod-off written in stone”!

Jedburgh Abbey & Hermitage Castle

Jedburgh Abbey & Hermitage Castle

After a delicious picnic lunch at Newcastleton, we visited the Elliot Clan Museum at Redheugh. Margaret Elliot, the Elliot Clan Chief, gave us a guided tour of the museum and grounds – this was the highlight of the family’s day. Allan & Hilary had previously visited Redheugh in 2009 for the Elliot Clan Gathering – the visit today brought back many happy memories.

Elliot Family visit to Redheugh & Scott's View

Elliot Family meeting Margaret Elliot at Redheugh & Scott’s View

It was a pleasure to meet the Elliot family and share with them the beauty, history & culture of the Scottish Borders and connect them with their Elliot heritage.

More photographs of the Elliot Family’s Ancestral Tour can be found on Borders Journeys’ Facebook.

On returning home Hilary Elliot wrote a lovely review on TripAdvisor reflecting on her family’s ancestral tour:

“My husband contacted Borders Journeys to see if a trip could be arranged for three generations of our family to visit Hermitage Castle and the Elliot Clan Chief at her home in Redheugh. Ian was amazing – responded quickly and thoroughly to all our questions, understood the constraints of mobility issues for my husband, and ensured that we saw the sites that were important to us, but also pointed out other interesting options along the way. He interacted well with both the adults and the children aged 8 and 10. He is very knowledgeable about the region and its history, but didn’t overdo the commentary. The trip was very relaxed and well paced. We were picked up on time and delivered home again on time too. We would highly recommend Borders Journeys for day trips.”

Where do you come from? What stories lie in your family history? Have you ever wondered? Maybe you’ve hit a dead end in your research or just don’t know where to start.

Simply tell me what you know so far and I will not only give you research advice but investigate your Scottish ancestry on your behalf. I will research your family history by connecting the dots to form a real picture of who and where you come from.

Do you want to walk in the footsteps of your ancestors?

I will design a tailor-made ancestral tour especially for you, taking you on a journey of discovery where you’ll connect with your Scottish ancestors by walking in their footsteps. Your ancestors will be brought to life when you learn about the people, places and traditions connected with them. By the end of the tour you will have gained a real insight into your ancestral heritage and where you came from, something you can share with present and future generations.

I recognise that for many of you this may be a once in a lifetime opportunity, my emphasis is upon making your time in Scotland an experience you’ll always remember.

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