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Borders Journeys - Day Tours

Stance F , Waterloo Place | next to the entrance to Old Calton Cemetery, Edinburgh, Scotland
+44 7794 021819
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Amazing custom tour of the Borders

We can't give enough compliments to Ian for our tour of the Borders. We had several specific... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Boulder, Colorado
8 day U.K. Tour

This was our third private tour with Borders Journeys. Recommend without reservation. See what you... read more

Reviewed 4 July 2017
West Des Moines, Iowa
via mobile
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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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Stance F , Waterloo Place | next to the entrance to Old Calton Cemetery, Edinburgh, Scotland
Broughton & Calton
+44 7794 021819

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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...More

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Reviewed 4 July 2017 via mobile

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...More

Thank 2Luv2Travel5448
Ian W, Owner at Borders Journeys - Day Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 23 July 2017

Many thanks for your lovely review. It's always a pleasure to welcome you on a Borders Journeys tour. See you next time :-)

Reviewed 1 July 2016

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...More

Thank straea
Reviewed 28 June 2016

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,...More

Thank Hilary E
Reviewed 16 September 2015

I contacted Borders Journeys for a private tour of the Scotland Borders about a year prior in preparation for our visit in September of this year. Borders Journeys handled every detail expertly and gave expert input into what would be the most important landmarks and...More

1  Thank Renae F
Reviewed 3 August 2015

July, 2014 and July 2015, we were blessed to have Ian Walker and Borders Journeys as our guide. In 2014, we spent 11 days, 1700 miles traveling Scottish Borders, Northern Ireland, Wales, and England. Ian drives his minibus and takes all the worry out of...More

2  Thank 2Luv2Travel5448
Reviewed 7 January 2015

Cannot fault this guided tour. We booked a private tour for 8 people including two children 11 and 7 and we had a lovely day with Ian. He was prompt, knowledgeable and passionate about Scotland. He had thought the day through and made a plan...More

1  Thank liketotravel081
Reviewed 17 November 2014

My husband and I thoroughly enjoyed every minute. We booked a private day tour with Ian to Rosslyn Chapel and the Borders. Ian was a wonderful guide with so much knowledge about Scotland and funny too. You could tell he took pride in what he...More

1  Thank TravelinNguyen
Reviewed 24 August 2014

Ian was great! Our trip to Edinburgh started with a tour out to the Borders region including Rosslyn Chapel, Glenkinchie Distillery and Abbotsford castle and the town of Melrose. It was a great trip in a smaller van and Ian was a very knowledgeable host....More

1  Thank GretchenS
Reviewed 10 April 2014

Had a great day trip around the Scottish Boarders visiting Rosslyn Chapel, Traquair House, Melrose and Abbotsford. Ian is a wealth of knowledge. Felt as if I got to see the real Scotland. If you want a smaller more personal trip this is the one...More

2  Thank MissRhodes2014
Broughton & Calton
Lying where grandiose New Town townhouses give way to
malls and utilitarian housing, Broughton and Calton
have long been transitional neighbourhoods with a
mixed identity. It’s here that Edinburgh’s gay village
found a home in the 1980s. But gay culture is anything
but overt along bustling epicentre Broughton Street;
even if polished pubs, hip bistros, smart delis and
art galleries all speak of affluent good taste. The
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