Borders Journeys - Day Tours

Borders Journeys - Day Tours

Borders Journeys - Day Tours
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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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Victoria N
Orinda, CA2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2022
Our guide, Keith Telford was so accommodating to step in on an emergency for the guide we had booked who unfortunately contracted COVID. Our family of 5 members feel so fortunate since Keith was also a teacher by profession and graciously took all of us on the planned itinerary. He was very courteous, knowledgeable, and great with telling us about the entire Scotland history spanning the 1100’s plus all of the rulers, battles, the Reformation and important Scotish heros Robert the Bruce and William Wallace. He really related to our granddaughter a bright, inquisitive 12 year old who sat in the front seat next to Keith. Our deepest gratitude for an excellent job at being our amazing guide at the last moment when we could have been stuck with no one. Your tours make us feel we want to come back again
Written 15 July 2022
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Thank you for your kind review. I'm delighted that you enjoyed your tour with Keith. You're welcome back anytime.
Written 1 August 2022
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Yukon Sassy
Whitehorse, Canada16 contributions
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May 2022 • Solo
Ian provides valuable ancestry research, an itinerary to explore your family and at reasonable rates. I toured some of England and Scotland with Ian, learned and viewed a lot of historical information.
Written 24 May 2022
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Many thanks for your kind review. It was a pleasure to share your ancestral journey with you in both England and Scotland.
Written 1 August 2022
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dspolarbears
Edinburgh, UK27 contributions
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Sept 2021 • Friends
We booked a half-day walking tour with Ian to see and learn about Leith’s street art scene and it was amazing. Ian doesn’t just know where the best spots are, he also knows a lot about the artists, the history behind the art and the different techniques the artists are using. His knowledge is extensive and his enthusiasm for street art makes this walking tour an experience to remember. Highly recommend!
Written 18 September 2021
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Thank you so much for your kind review. I'm delighted that you enjoyed your tour with me. It was a pleasure to show you and your friends the amazing street art that has been created in Leith by talented local and international artists.
Written 19 September 2021
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184tracy
Brenham, TX1 contribution
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Jul 2018 • Family
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.
Written 24 August 2018
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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.
Written 28 August 2018
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Little Leon
Madison26 contributions
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Nov 2017 • Couples
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!
Written 9 December 2017
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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 :-)
Written 28 August 2018
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jako456
Boulder, CO5 contributions
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Sept 2017 • Friends
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!
Written 3 October 2017
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Many thanks Jan & Elizabeth for your kind review. It was a pleasure to meet you both and guide you around your ancestral areas.
Written 31 October 2017
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2Luv2Travel5448
West Des Moines, IA41 contributions
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Jun 2017 • Friends
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.
Written 4 July 2017
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Many thanks for your lovely review. It's always a pleasure to welcome you on a Borders Journeys tour. See you next time :-)
Written 23 July 2017
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straea
United States261 contributions
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Jun 2016 • Solo
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.
Written 1 July 2016
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Hilary E
Ottawa, Canada6 contributions
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Jun 2016 • Family
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.
Written 28 June 2016
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Renae F
Frisco, United States8 contributions
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Sept 2015 • Friends
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 locations to visit in our 3 day effort to connect with our Scottish heritage and walk the footsteps of our ancestors who lived in this area so long ago.
Ian provided us with a wonderful experience and helped to make special memories that will last a lifetime for us. We had a wonderful tour of Edinburgh that included a walking tour and a visit to the Palace where we arrived at the perfect time to take unobstructed photos of the Palace. The next two days we spent out in the country visiting the Rosslyn Chapel, and then we travelled through the Tweed and Yarrow Valleys before going to the site of our Scott ancestors in the Ettrick Valley. We were able to visit three homes associated with our ancestors. We visited Kirkhope cemetery and found three headstones for two sets of great and great, great grandparents.
Ian's knowledge of the area and his warm hospitality helped to make this trip the dream come true we had hoped for. It was an amazing trip and one we will be talking about the rest of our lives.

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Following a delicious lunch at the Cross Keys Inn at Ettrickbridge, the ladies visited Melrose and Selkirk.

It was an absolute privilege to organise such a wonderful ancestral tour for Betty, Renae & Becky and be part of their journey home to the Ettrick Valley. Armed with their findings from the tour, they can now progress their ancestral research further.
Written 16 September 2015
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