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Ancestry Tour

Discover the land of your ancestors with Mary’s Meanders. Each ancestry tour will be individually tailored to your needs, whether that is simply checking out the places you want to visit or a full research project into your family.

In advance of all tours we will cross-check the family information you have given us and do further research around it, to ensure that we are taking you to the places that will mean the most to you in terms of your family history.

This will often mean small villages and country churches, or Glasgow’s inner city, old dockyards, textile mills or former coalmines, rather than grand castles. But we are happy to take you to your clan castle too. In most cases, even if the place no longer exists, we can show you how your ancestors would have lived, either through visits to similar places or local museums or heritage centres.

One thing about Scotland is we do have a lot of old churches, so we can often trace the family to a particular church, and graveyard, but often the stones are too worn to read. But some of our guests have been very lucky and found a family gravestone.

So, whether you want to climb a hill, visit a castle, a traditional borders mill or simply stand in the footsteps of your ancestors, we can help make that dream come true.

Price on Request

Departure days

  • Monday
  • Tuesday
  • Wednesday
  • Thursday
  • Friday
  • Saturday
  • Sunday

January — December

Contact details

Mary’s Meanders

Cameron Knowe
West Lothian
EH49 6RL

Tour information


1 Day


  • Driver guide


  • Bespoke
  • Private


  • English


  • Ancestry
  • History
Mary’s Meanders

Tour company information

Mary’s Meanders

Mary’s Meanders is an award winning independent tour guide company specialising in fully customised escorted day tours around central Scotland and Ireland. If you are passionate about history, fantastic castles, scenery and amazing stories, tour with us. We promise you’ll arrive a visitor and leave a friend. We specialise in Ancestry, Bespoke, Outlander, Mary Queen of Scots tours. 2020 Virtual Tours - Outlander & MQS Walking Tours of Linlithgow Private Tours Scottish Road Trip in a gift Box Mary the Coo App We are GOOD TO GO!

Opening times

Shared Tours available 5th April - 29th September

Private Tours available all year around

Virtual Tours available all year around

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