Sunday, 16 September 2012

Special Borders Tour for Descendants of the Border Reivers

This is an add-on package to the basic genealogy tour. The Border region of Scotland has a long and tumultuous history. Families known as Border Reivers were notorious for raiding the homes, farms and towns of other families. The battles that the Border Reivers entered into were not in name of country, but in name of family. Names like Armstrong, Robson, Elliot, Graham, Routledge, Dickson, Oliver, Johnston and Nixon were scattered throughout the Border region and were quick to defend their family's honour.

This add-on package allows for three days in the Borders. Although stationed in Melrose, trips will be made to Hawick and the Hawick Heritage Hub (archives),  Kelso, Jedburgh, Langholm, and Canonbie. Tours of the battlefields of Flodden, Solway Moss and Ancrum Moor are also on the itinerary. There will be an opportunity to visit the Borders Family History Society as well.

Saturday, 15 September 2012

Special Highland Tour for Descendants of Selkirk Settlers

This is an add-on package to the basic genealogy tour. The Highland Clearances were some of the darkest times in Scottish Highland history. Many families who were burned out of their homes later emigrated to Canada with the assistance of Thomas Douglas, 5th Earl of Selkirk. This add-on package will help you re-visit some of the highland areas that once were home to the Selkirk Settlers.

This 7 night package takes you to Oban (where the ships sailed from), and into Mull (2 nights), Iona and then Skye (2 nights). From Skye we travel to Dornoch (2 nights) with a side trip into the Kildonan Valley. Upon our return, we stay in Glasgow in preparation for the flight back to Canada.