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Borders Journeys - Day Tours

#219 of 481 Tours in Edinburgh
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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About Borders Journeys - Day Tours
Welcome Borders Journeys welcomes you to Scotland! There is no better year to visit and explore Scotland than in the year that we celebrate Homecoming Scotland 2014, a year long celebration of all things Scottish. Our Tours Are you looking for a tour company with exceptional local knowledge and your interests at heart? Look no further. Borders Journeys provides friendly private and small group sightseeing tours of Scotland. We recognise that for many of you this may be a once in a lifetime opportunity and our emphasis is upon making your time in Scotland an experience you'll always remember. Our wide range of tours are a wonderful way to discover the beauty, history and culture of Scotland. You can explore the winding lanes and fascinating histories of historic towns, walk the grounds and ornate rooms of fairy-tale castles or simply marvel at the magnificence of Scotland's lochs, mountains and coastlines. Each tour is led by a knowledgeable and experienced local tour guide with expert local knowledge, who will take you off the beaten track to the roads less travelled. In such out of the way places you'll discover beautiful local crafts, including traditional woollen and cashmere products, before resting your feet and enjoying home baking and hospitality at village tea rooms. We know you want to spend your time sightseeing rather than just travelling, so we make sure to stop regularly for refreshments and photographs. All of our scheduled tours are available for private hire with a departure from a place of your choice. If you would like us to create a private tour for you, we will be happy to offer you our advice and plan the tour around your requirements so that we can build the perfect tour for you. City and Walking Tours Our half-day and full-day city walking or minibus tours of Edinburgh and Glasgow are a wonderful way to explore these fascinating cities while learning about their tumultuous histories. We'll introduce you to the thriving cultural life of these vibrant cities, while telling you tales of former inhabitants whose names are etched in their pasts. Ancestral Services Want to walk in the footsteps of your ancestors? Borders Journeys 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'll have gained a real insight into your ancestral heritage and where you came from, which you can share with present and future generations. Borders Journeys is registered with VisitScotland Ancestral Welcome Scheme. Ian our ancestral researcher is a member of the Association of Professional Genealogists (APG), an international organisation with a strict code of conduct. 'Discover your history, begin your journey' Other Services Reliable transport for golf tours throughout Scotland. Day tours from cruise ships, with pick up and drop off at ship. Freelance tour manager and guide for extended tours of Scotland. Contact us for true Scottish experience and a journey to remember.
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184tracy wrote a review Aug 2018
Brenham, Texas1 contribution
Borders Journeys took our family of six on a two day private guided sightseeing tour of the Scottish Borders and Northern England. Ian planned a customized tour based on the points of interest that was not only geared for the adults, but also for our two kids ages 7 and 12. He is passionate and knowledgeable. We were thankful that the minivan had forward facing seats and a speaker system that allowed everyone, including those in the back row, to hear every bit of the history and stories being told along our route! A few of our favorite stops were the Traquair House, Samye Ling Tibetan Center, Carlisle Castle, and Hadrian’s Wall.
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Date of experience: July 2018
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Response from Ian W, Owner at Borders Journeys - Day Tours
Responded 28 Aug 2018
Thank you for your review - it was very much appreciated. I'm delighted that you enjoyed your two days with me exploring Cumbria and the Scottish Borders. I thoroughly enjoyed meeting you and your family and sharing the beauty, history & heritage of the regions with you. If I can assist you again in the future, please don't hesitate to contact me.
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Little Leon wrote a review Dec 2017
Madison26 contributions23 helpful votes
For our first visit to Scotland we couldn't have had a better experience! Ian Walker shared his love for Scotland with us! We spent the day with him touring the borders and it is a day we will never forget! His knowledge of the history is phenomenal and his recommendations are on the mark! He even taught me the correct way to hold my tea cup!
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Date of experience: November 2017
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Responded 28 Aug 2018
It was an absolute pleasure to share with you the beauty, history and culture of the region. I look forward to welcoming you back again. Safe travels :-)
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jako456 wrote a review Oct 2017
Boulder, Colorado4 contributions
We can't give enough compliments to Ian for our tour of the Borders. We had several specific requests which Ian accommodated and managed to weave into a well-paced full day. Being Elliotts, we wanted to see the Borders countryside and Hermitage Castle and meet our clan chief Margaret (who was very hospitable). And since we were "in the area", we wanted to drop down to see Hadrian's Wall. It turned out to be quite a drive but beautiful and interesting to see the Roman frontier. Ian made all this happen without ever making us feel rushed. He even threw in an extra stop when he found out we're Outlander fans. Many thanks to Ian for making our tour of the Scottish Borders everything that we hoped it would be!
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Date of experience: September 2017
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Responded 31 Oct 2017
Many thanks Jan & Elizabeth for your kind review. It was a pleasure to meet you both and guide you around your ancestral areas.
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2Luv2Travel5448 wrote a review Jul 2017
West Des Moines, Iowa25 contributions4 helpful votes
This was our third private tour with Borders Journeys. Recommend without reservation. See what you want to see, spend how long you want to spend there, leave the stressful driving to Ian Walker / Borders Journeys and enjoy his knowledgeable and passionate commentary. Two of our tours were multiple countries and one was Scotland only. This trip included a couple day in Scotland, couple days in Wales and 4 days in England. Very thoughtful and considerate, doing all that is possible to make sure your holiday is wonderful. Ian picked us up at the airport in his minibus and knew great places to stop for food and sights. Very good value and price compares favorably to the big group bus tours where the itinerary is set by tour company.
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Date of experience: June 2017
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Responded 23 Jul 2017
Many thanks for your lovely review. It's always a pleasure to welcome you on a Borders Journeys tour. See you next time :-)
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straea wrote a review Jun 2016
United States269 contributions166 helpful votes
My visit to Scotland is partly as a general visitor and partly to see locations associated with my ancestral heritage. One of the first things I did in planning my trip was try to find a guide to take me on an ancestral tour of Fife. I got a recommendation and contacted them, but they were very slow to respond to emails and presumptuous in what I would want to visit, so I finally decided to contact Ian, the owner and guide of Borders Journeys, instead. What a difference that made! Ian was prompt at answering my emails, thorough in answering my questions, and sent me detailed information each step of the way. When I decided to add a day trip from Edinburgh to Lindisfarne to my itinerary, I did a web search to see if anyone already advertised tours, and was pleasantly surprised when Ian's website came up, so I contacted him again asking if he would be interested and available for a second tour with me. He responded promptly that he would be available and that due to the tides (which one must take ito account when visiting Lindisfarne) we should switch the Fife day trip to the following day and do the Lindisfarne one on the day originally scheduled. Ian was prompt in picking me up from my accommodations in Edinburgh and we journeyed down to Lindisfarne, where due to the tides we spent about five hours. He was quick to make me feel comfortable on the journey down with a mix of small talk and history, very good at recommending the things he thought I should be sure to see once we were on Lindisfarne, and waited patiently when I took my time somewhere though he has visited Lindisfarne many times before with previous guests. By my request, on the way back we stopped at one of my ancestral parishes in the Borders, where we visited the ruins of the priory and the mercat cross, the two things that probably date from the time my family lived there prior to moving to Edinburgh. The following day Ian again picked me up promptly and we journeyed to Fife for the day, working through the list of ancestral parishes and specific sites I had sent him in advance. Every time we stopped at a kirkyard (churchyard/graveyard) he would ask me what surnames were of interest there and help me search the surviving gravestones for the graves of ancestors and relatives. When the ruin of a family steading that I'd wanted to visit was inaccessible due to being down a road that had been just sprayed with pesticides, he drove till we could get a better distant view for me to photograph it from, and when three of the kirkyards I'd wanted to visit turned out to be locked (something he said he had never experienced before in Fife, and which in mentioning it to others seems to generally be unusual in Scotland), he tried calling the number and when no one answered, went to the office in person to talk to someone. When the person with the keys turned out to have gone home already, he suggested we stop at the waterfront so that I would at least get to see something else that my ancestors would have seen that day. I think that being flexible and quick on your feet when guiding someone is very important, because things are not always going to go as planned and your guest may not even know what an alternate plan would be (as I did not). Ian also took photos of me and of the things we were seeing, and shared them to social media so that I could share them with my friends. Highly recommended for both ancestral touring and general touring.
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Date of experience: June 2016
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