Margaret Pilkington travelled extensively throughout her life. The journals and correspondence provide information about the places she visited and her perceptions as well as a picture of the changing nature of twentieth-century travel and tourism. The correspondence and journals only cover tourist trips and do not represent all of her travels. Pilkington travelled widely but visited many places on multiple occasions.
Margaret Pilkington's travel writing is some of the most personal amongst her papers and elaborates on her interests in local customs, mountain scenery, art works and architecture. Many items contain illustrations.