Scottish Walking Holidays in Dumfries and Galloway, Scotland from single day to full week tours.

Galloway Cycling Holidays in South West Scotland

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I undertook a short, two-day walking holiday with Galloway Holidays in October 2016. As it was my first walking holiday, first trip to Scotland, and travelling alone, I needed a lot guidance and reassurance, which Robin provided in spades. His knowledge of the local area and various options that could suit my needs were evident from our first email exchange. Additionally, he was familiar with the connections to and from London and Manchester, which helped me immensely in fitting the holiday into my schedule. Robin accompanied me on my first day's walking, around Loch Trool, for which we had the perfect weather and gave us both a sense of where my capabilities lay, as well as building my confidence. On the second day, I did the coastal walk from Sandyhills to Kippford by myself. I found it challenging, but not beyond my abilities, and there was a sense of achievement in having completed it. Just allow room for interpretation when a Scotsman tells you that something is "a wee bit of a climb"! I loved my short walking holiday in Dumfries and Galloway, including my stay at Robin and Tina's Summerhill B&B, and can vouch for Robin's ability to tailor a holiday to suit anyone's needs.

- Elmari Whyte, Melbourne, Australia. October 2016.

Thanks again for the wonderful time you showed us in Scotland last week! You made it easy for us to see areas that we would not have otherwise discovered. Your southwest area is a beautiful coastal region, with varied terrain including seascapes and countryside. Your maps outlining our route were detailed and included flexible options. You were there for us when we needed a recommendation or a ride. We highly recommend you to anyone interested in a walking or cycling holiday. We are already planning our next trip!

- Marci and Karen, New Mexico, September 2016

The Coast Walk was lovely and went well in sunny weather….. Merrick was magic. We made the summit before the rain so had lovely views. B&B at the Stables was very acceptable and our whole Galloway Holidays experience was splendid. Thank you for all your support and plans.

- Brian and Alison Smith, England, 2015.

Thank you for a wonderful walking holiday. I hope to come back for more in the future.

- Pat Schmitz, Germany.

I have been around the world many times and I can honestly say that this holiday in Scotland was one of the best, most friendly, most fulfilling that I have ever been on.

- Tina Watkins, Bexhill on Sea, England.

Also the guidance you gave us with the walks was great. Our feet were a bit sore but it was very much worth it. Thank you very much again and I have already recommended Summerhill and Castle Douglas walking holiday to family and friends.

- Maria and Esa Bergqvist, Ascot, England.

We both just wanted to say a huge thank you for the great trip. We had a fantastic time, and it was just what we needed as a break in the countryside. The planning was great, and we really appreciated that you tailored the trip so that we got to see a variety of terrains and sites.

- Rebecca & Michelle Cochrane, Toronto, Canada.
Southern Scotland Solitude - a cycling journalist’s view

(This is not a review of one of our holidays, just a recent view of our area from excerpts in an article by experienced journalist / cyclist Rob Ainsley)

Britain crowded? Not in Galloway….

It is one of the most enjoyable trips I’ve ever done, anywhere in the world: a four-day coast to coast across one of Scotland’s underrated marvels, on and of road. It involved awesome scenery, an epic pub stop, a goldrush, and high jinks with spades….…..

Glentrool – it’s one of many little-touristed, little-known places here that would be hectic honey pots if they were a few miles south in the English Lakes…….

It’s astonishing that such fabulously explorable country, just an easy train ride away (from England), gets so few visitors. You’ll likely have it all to yourself.

- Rob Ainsley, ‘Cycle’ magazine, September 2015
All the Way Back from USA

After having a wonderful cycling holiday with Galloway Cycling Holidays last year, we decided to give them a second try. They did not disappoint us. This year was even better than last year. Since we were more familiar with the area we asked Robin for a custom designed holiday. He matched the distances we wished to ride with the points of interest we wished to see. He even managed to keep us off the worst hills, mostly!! Although he was busy guiding a group from Canada during our trip, he kept in touch with us. He even arranged for us to meet him and the group in another town for an evening of traditional music. The music was outstanding and we so very much appreciated him making the arrangements. The entertainment that night was the best of our entire trip. Robin and Tina went far and above our expectations when they helped us plan a wedding vow renewal ceremony at Threave Castle in Castle Douglas. It was so much fun and more than we could have hoped for. And of course the best breakfasts of our trips were cooked by Tina at Summerhill B&B. Her omelets are great! Anyone looking for a cycling trip with a personal touch should look no further than Galloway Cycling Holidays. You won’t be disappointed.

- Karen and Tim Aultman, Loveland, Colorado, USA. September 2015 (second time visitors
From Austria to Scotland

I am sending you the pictures we took in front of Lockerbie station and some others which we thought you might like because they show people biking in the wonderful Scottish landscape.

We really enjoyed the tour very much and will keep fond memories of all the beauty spots we saw during that week. It has whetted our appetite for exploring more of this area, another time by walking perhaps. Let's see.........

Anyway, we'd like to thank you once more for the perfect organisation and material of the itinerary and for the very enjoyable stay in your lovely B&B!

With the best wishes for a very profitable season and lots of regards from Austria.

- Eva and Klaus Salzmann, Austria, July 2015
The ‘Bee’s Knees’ Tour 2015 – a guided tour

Robin Hogg of Galloway Cycling Holidays provided a fantastic guided group tour. Requesting a customized cycling tour for a group of six from Canada, our goal was to see as much as possible in six days for cyclists of different riding abilities. This included 50-75 kilometers of cycling per day, with alterative options available such as riding fewer kilometers, or catching a lift to the next destination. Everyone could freely choose the option that made him or her feel more comfortable. An electric bike was the perfect solution for a less active cyclist and the e-bike had no problem withstanding a 75 km trip without recharge.

The daily riding distance, selected sights to visit, impromptu changes and attention to detail were well thought out and carefully prepared to ensure we had the trip of a lifetime and what a trip it was: beautiful countryside, quiet roads, history, and the opportunity to experience Scottish culture, scotch, food, and music. Special arrangements were also made to bring in local artists for a jamming session at a local pub and another evening of Scottish folk music performed by world-class musicians in the village of Moniaive.

How can you go wrong with this type of holiday? Advertising this new tour on the website, we had local cyclists from Scotland join the tour and it quickly became known as the “Bee’s Knees Tour”. Galloway Cycling Holidays runs a few guided group tours every year, and truly this is a great way to learn about the country and meet fellow cyclists. I would highly recommend Galloway Cycling Holidays for your next bike tour in Scotland.

- The Calgary Crew – John, Bonnie, Mac, Terry, Charlie and Jordan. September 2015
Regular Cycling Holiday Goers

We first booked with Galloway Cycling Holidays in 2010 having already completed 46 cycling holidays around Europe from Scandinavia to the Med & West to East. Due to our enjoyment of this tour we have since completed a further two. Scotland is a wonderful place to visit and Galloway Cycling make it more enjoyable due to their excellent organisation and planning always providing information on lots of places of interest along the way. They are always happy to discuss our itinerary and build in any requests we may have. The bikes have always proved reliable and the variety of hotels / B&Bs provide differing experiences which are as good as any we have had in Europe.

- Mick and Kath Rolls, England, July 2015

Thanks so much for putting together a most enjoyable cycling holiday and for an outstanding stay at your beautiful B&B. The attention to detail was most appreciated and as Larry says, it was cycling in an island park – all day every day!

If you are ever in Canada, do look us up. We would love to have a cycle in our prairie landscape.

- Larry and Louise Ashcroft, Regina, Canada August 2014

We first booked with Galloway Cycling Holidays in 2010 having already completed 36 cycling holidays around Europe from Scandinavia to the Med & West to East. Due to our enjoyment of this tour we have since completed a further two. Scotland is a wonderful place to visit and Galloway Cycling make it more enjoyable due to their excellent organisation and planning always providing information on lots of places of interest along the way. They are always happy to discuss our itinerary and build in any requests we may have. The bikes have always proved reliable and the variety of hotels/B&Bs provide differing experiences which are as good as any we have had in Europe.

- Mick and Kath Rolls, England, July 2015

Some people may find it difficult or even a bit scary to pick an outfitter for adventure travel off the internet. Especially when that outfitter is in a foreign country. When I began researching a cycling trip to Scotland it was a bit overwhelming. When I found Galloway Holidays on the net I read the reviews left by previous clients. Then I put Galloway Cycling to the test: I sent an email and awaited a reply. Robin returned my email in less than 24 hours. Some outfitters never returned my emails. From this point I sent many emails to Robin and he always promptly replied.

If you read the other customer comments online, please be assured they are all very true. Robin is very hands-on and detailed oriented and does everything he can to make you trip excellent. I honestly can't say enough good things about our experience. Robin met my husband and me at the airport in Edinburgh and drove us the scenic route to Castle Douglas. The scenery was simply WOW! We stayed in a beautiful room at Robin's home Summerhill in Castle Douglas. His wife cooked the best breakfast we had the entire 3 weeks we were on vacation. We were a little tired as we had just been cycling in Ireland so Robin tweaked our route so that it would be more enjoyable (less hills and miles, more pub time!). On day one of cycling we had a blow out. We replaced the tube but the tire looked defective. That evening Robin came to our B&B while we were out to dinner and replaced the tire. The next day we met him on the road and he brought extra tubes. On our third day our B&B hostess had a family emergency and was not home when we arrived. A few minutes later Robin arrived, without us calling him, and got us into the house. Even if he had not arrived, all would have been fine. The towns people are very friendly and a neighbor and friend of the B&B hostess invited us to her home for tea to await her return. All of the B&B hosts/hostesses were very friendly and helpful. We had wonderful meals at breakfast as well as dinners at local small restaurants. The scenery was gorgeous and the terrain was varied and interesting. There were some hills to climb, but the down-hills were fun. We made a wrong turn here and there from paying more attention to scenery than directions, but the maps were excellent and we always figured out the way.

On a scale of 1 to 10, I would have to give Robin and Galloway Cycling a 10. I simply can't think of anything that could have made the trip better. In fact, I think Robin must have put in a special order for good weather because even that was great!

- Karen and Tim Aultman, Loveland, Colorado, USA, Sept 2014

We have just returned from our trip to Scotland and would just like to pass on some comments about your wonderful service to other travellers. Your accommodation, meals and service were all first rate.  Our stay with Galloway Holidays was a highlight of our trip. In addition to having a bed and breakfast that was a beautiful private apartment in your home, we were delighted with Tina's efforts to provide haggis for breakfast by my wife's request!  The routes you selected for us were excellent, safe, and interesting, and you went above and beyond on locating my wife's ancestral home and relatives.  Finding the ruins of the manor house as well as the old farm was a delight.  You provided great value for money and we would be happy to highly recommend your services to others.

- Duncan Johnston, Vancouver, August, 2014

Robin, I want to thank you again for all you did to help make our bike trip so very special.  The country side was even more beautiful than I expected.  The towns were charming and the accommodations were all we had hoped for. You took us to areas and points of interest that we would never have seen on our own.   What made this a very special experience was the personal attention you gave to every aspect of our tour. You were remarkably accommodating to all of our special needs and concerns.   You were always at ease yet attentive to any problems that came up and your wife Tina was truly delightful.    You both made us feel like we were personal friends by the end of the trip.  I think much of that comes from Galloway Holidays being a family business. It is what puts you above the rest. You were both personally vested in making our experience as pleasant as possible. It couldn't have been better. Thanks again.

- Ron Barnhart, Kansas City July 2014

We would like thank you for a great time up in and around Castle Douglas. The walks were well planned and tailored to our requests. It was especially nice to get dropped off at the start and collected at the end of each day and a diversion to a local micro brewery was an unexpected bonus.

David and Caroline Upton, England, 2014.

Hi Robin and Tina,

Thank you so much for organizing the fantastic tour of your beautiful area of Scotland.  We had a great time.  And we especially enjoyed meeting both of you.  You were gracious and welcoming hosts.

The route you constructed for us was excellent, avoiding almost all the busier roads.  The maps and ride guides were spot on for getting us up the road each day.  The B&B’s that you set up for each night were all very nice, with the best being your own Summerhill.   The room at Summerhill was modern and extremely comfortable.  We found excellent food everywhere we went, but Tina’s breakfasts were the best we had on the tour.  We really appreciate the hospitality that you and Tina showed us during our entire tour.  We always felt like if we had a problem, we could count on you to be there to help. 

We found the Scottish people to be almost universally warm and friendly (even most of the drivers!).  What can I say about the countryside, except that it was spectacular.  The route took us through beautiful hills and farms, interspersed with picturesque villages.  We also got to see some of the history of Scotland at places like Drumlanrig Castle and Threve Castle, among others.  The riding can be a bit challenging in spots with short, moderately steep (plus or minus 6% gradient) hills throughout.  Not a problem with the bikes you can provide.  I’ve already spread the word among my biking friends and hopefully you will here from some of them (and us again) in the future.

The rest of our trip was also a lot of fun, but Scotland was the unexpected highlight.  Due in no small part to your efforts for us!

- Dave Eddleston, Oregon, USA. 2014

The  whole tour was excellent, we are struggling to think of anything negative over the three days,  accommodation, food were exceptional and the information and maps were great, though think we need to brush up on reading and following the instruction, but it was very easy to get back on track with the tour pack maps and instructions. Thank you for a wonderful holiday and we look forward to using your services again.

- Douglas Laird, from Scotland, May, 2014

Thanks for such a great bike tour and stay at Summerhill. It was the highlight of my vacation. I really appreciate the warm hospitality and friendly expertise! 

- Lars Leetaru, New York, April, 2014

Hi Robin

Many thanks for organising a most enjoyable cycling break for Edward and myself. From the initial contact via email and phone, through to the final farewell, your friendly professional approach meant that we were able to relax and enjoy our break.

The maps and directions, both verbal and written were spot on, the cycles provided were good quality, the routes were interesting, traffic free / low traffic for the most part and at times the scenery was spectacular. The attention to detail shone through, you obviously work hard at your business and it shows.

We will be back soon,

- Derek and Edward Gough, Knutsford Cheshire. December 2013

Dear Robin & Tina

Just a short note to say thank you so much for sharing your home this week. We both enjoyed our trip immensely. It was lovely to meet you both and experience such sincere and genuine hospitality where nothing was too much bother. Robin’s route preparation and directions were first class, whilst Tina’s breakfasts were just perfect. Indeed the whole set up you have at Summerhill is as good at it gets - you really offer the comforts and facilities of a hotel with a great personal service.

Many thanks again

- Keith & Stuart Thomson, Dundee, September 2013

"We had 2 groups of 15 pax in Galloway in August 2013 and our bikers were very happy about the organisation of these tours. We all have appreciate the professionalism of Robin and his staff and even some nice and typical accommodations. We hope to come again with new bikers.

Many thanks!

- René and Michèle - Cyclorando – Switzerland August 2013

Dear Tina and Robin

Thank you for an excellent 6 days cycling tour. The tours were very well arranged. The challenges were well adjusted to our level and the nature on the routes was just so beautiful. Also the selection of the small hotels / inns where we spent the nights was very successful and the food at the small restaurants you recommended was very delicious (even the haggis)!

We were very impressed over the high level of service related to the cycling and baggage transportation, but even more impressed over that you helped with arrangement of our further travel and accommodation. We enjoyed your hospitality and the high standard of the accommodation at your “Bed and Breakfast” and the breakfast you served us is absolutely the best in Scotland. Thank you very much.

Best regards

- Kirsten and Ulrik, Denmark July 2013

Thanks again for the amazing holiday.  The weather was perfect and the cycling route you put together was better than we could have imagined. The b&b and hotel accommodations were the best.  Looking forward to doing this again in the future.

- Jennifer and Rick Gibson USA July 2013

We just arrived back last evening from Scotland. can give you a full de-brief with photos when we get together, but wanted to let you know we had a fabulous trip. we hit Scotland's longest heat wave in 30 or so years, so never used all the wet/cold cycling clothes we took! but no complaints. Robin put together a first class trip and was v helpful and thoughtful in so many ways. I had told him that our friend Bill was a budding fiddler, and so he arranged for some local musicians to play at a pub at one of the places where we were staying -- and Bill actually ended up sitting in on a couple of songs and playing with them! an absolute highlight of the trip for him.

The cycling route Robin had for us was really enjoyable -- some high lonely hills and plateaus, some coastal vistas, and of course the "wee small villages". all in all, just a great time. but we must be the only people who can go away on a cycling trip and still gain weight. I'm blaming the "full Scottish breakfasts", but it might have been the shortbread, or the cold beers at the end of the day...

- Nanci and Tom Shillington and Collette and Bill McCollum, Canada and USA, July 2013

I first like to thank you for a great cycling holiday. Everything was organised perfectly. Great locations and a wonderfull route, with a fine mix of length and scenery (beaches, hills, moors, woodlands). Equipment was very good. We rode like the winds (sometimes against them). We surely recommend you!

- Paul Habets and family, Holland  July 2013

NOW this is FLAT. A picture of my home town, Tuscola Illinois in central Illinois. Must admit your flat was not too bad. You did a wonderful job. A 5 star tour run by a 5 star person.

Everything about this bike tour exceeded my expectations. Looking forward to my next tour.

- Nell Nunn from USA. May 2013

Grandmother with two grandchildren on a short daily cycling distance cycling holiday based from Summerhill. Many, many thanks Robin and Tina for such a wonderful stay – you have both been so generous, friendly, helpful – you couldn’t have done more. We have had a really wonderful time in your lovely house – and pool. Will certainly recommend you.

- Liz Greig, Ella and Dan from Cambridge, England. May, 2013

On my way from London to Aberdeen where I was to visit a friend of mine, I wanted to take a short cycling tour somewhere in a countryside in Scotland. I had only two and a half days, and Mr. Robin Hogg tailored an excellent cycling tour for me. On the first evening, when I arrived to Castle Douglas I cycled to an old fortress which is not far from Castle Douglas and is situated in the middle of a little lake. On the second day we made about 35 miles: along the coast called Scottish Riviera, passing little towns with parks and old churches, beautiful countryside landscapes, another small medieval fortress, stopped by a teahouse. On the third day we went to an ancient port and county town Kirkcudbright, which is often called an artists’ town because a lot of artists lived and worked there. I spent wonderful three days, and I will come back there one day for a longer tour.

- Yakimova Oksana, Russia, May, 2013
A 6 day tailored cycling break throughout Galloway

What a fantastic vacation! Robin at Galloway Holidays made everything so smooth and enjoyable. Robin was very easy and fun to work with, diligent at adapting the trip to our needs, and was in-tune and supportive throughout our 6 day bike tour.

When planning the trip, I was not only wanting details about bike tours, but needed help figuring out how to propose to my girlfriend. I asked for Robin's assistance and he quickly became my point person for Scotland ensuring that everything worked smoothly to make this a special trip for the two of us. Not only did Robin promptly respond to my endless stream of questions through e-mail but he also made sure that every detail was top notch. And of course... she said yes!

During the trip we saw everything we wanted to see and more - castles, towers, beautiful rolling hills, the coast, distilleries, and even a creamery. We biked on some highways with mild-moderate traffic, but were primarily on paved C class roads where we could go hours without seeing a car. There were also some great bike-only trails that were so peaceful. The weather in Scotland can be a little unpredictable, but we did not have any trouble with this. The one day that it was really storming and cold, Robin quickly appeared with his van to see if we needed a ride. We accepted and he made sure to show us all of the best sights by car so we would not miss anything. We loved the hotels and B&B's Robin booked for us - all of them unique, interesting, and beautiful.

I had looked into several bike tour companies in Scotland prior to booking Galloway Holidays, but had a lot of trouble getting e-mail replies or help with planning the trip. For the kind of trip I was planning it was important to me to know what I was getting in to and to know that I would be working with someone who could support me when I needed a ride to the train station or help on a rainy day.

After the bike tour, we rented a car and spent a few days exploring the highlands. We saw so many big group bicycle tours on small busy highways in the highlands and just thought to ourselves, "There is no way they are having as much fun as we did!" Thanks Robin. We had an unforgettable experience!

- James and Natalie, Salt Lake City, UT April 2013
The North Solway Coast Tour – Mull of Galloway to Gretna Green

3 person group tour with bag transfer - Comments by Alasdair Paton, Ivan Bielby and Andy Dixon – August 2013 and pics link.

I've got home now and uploaded routes, pictures and had a chance to digest our experiences on tour. It was a good trip with lovely views and quiet roads, and generally good hills (not too steep, even Wanlockhead - the worst was on the Thornhill extension but we had wisely dropped off our bags before attempting it). The daily miles gave us a good balance of cycling, sightseeing and cake stops.

Your on-route food and cake suggestions were spot on. We enjoyed those a lot. Almost enough to compensate for the miles cycled! Just one route quibble - your route for the last day had one typo which had us slightly confused in Dumfries (day 5, bottom of the first page, should be RT into Nith Ave. not LT). Otherwise the maps and road book were spot on. Our B&Bs were very good, hard to tell who won the Golden Spirtle award for breakfast but it was a close run thing. Newton Stewart B&B had probably the best traditional breakfast but the Thornhill B&B was lovely and won it for me. Best day's cycling was... hard to tell. Extra loop on day 3 was really good although there was a section of 20% gradient in there on the optional extension. Wanlockhead was also good run and lovely to have a long run up into the hills. Day 1 was a great trip through very quiet country and the section to Mull of Galloway so good we did it twice. (Well, so misty the first time we had to do it again to get the view!) Day 2 was good and would have been super without the very heavy rain in the morning. And the last day had a lovely mix of river valley at the start and coastal section at the end. We took some of your suggestions for stops (Coulthard museum at Twynholm, Caerlaverock Castle, Gatehouse Mill, Cycle museum at Drumlanrig, Wanlockhead lead museum) and they were good too.

A good tour and an area I'd return to on the bike, even though it is 400 miles from home. I think my friends thought the same, and there's certainly lots of potential for exploration in the area on quiet roads with good views. I've got a few pics which you could use if you wanted: https://picasaweb.google.com/101564899392239135028/ScotlandCycleTour2013?authuser=0&authkey=Gv1sRgCKjwyfbI5rzl6gE&feat=directlink

I also have the 5 days' routes as TCX files if you have other folks who want Garmin friendly files; let me know if those are of interest. We enjoyed our tour. And the local cakes are good.

- Alasdair, 2013
A couple on a tailored cycling tour

Thanks again for the amazing holiday. The weather was perfect and the cycling route you put together was better than we could have imagined. The b&b and hotel accommodations were the best. Looking forward to doing this again in the future.

- Jennifer and Rick Gibson USA July 2013
Grandmother with two grandchildren on a short daily cycling distance cycling holiday based from Summerhill

Many, many thanks Robin and Tina for such a wonderful stay – you have both been so generous, friendly, helpful – you couldn’t have done more. We have had a really wonderful time in your lovely house – and pool. Will certainly recommend you.

- Liz Greig, Ella and Dan from Cambridge, England. May, 2013
Two Guided Group Tours

We had 2 groups of 15 pax in Gallaway in August 2013 and our bikers were very happy about the organisation of these tours. We all have appreciate the professionalism of Robin and his staff and even some nice and typical accommodations. We hope to come again with new bikers. Many thanks !

- René and Michèle - Cyclorando – Switzerland August 2013
Two Couples Cycling Together

Robin- We can't thank you enough for making our trip to Scotland one of our best ever! You are amazing and we need to come back! I wrote the following for Trip Advisor but they don't seem to have a place for posting info about tours. If you know of any place to post this, please let me know. In the meantime, feel free to post on your website! Hugs from Canada!

- Nanci and Tom, 2013

There were 4 of us wanting a Scottish adventure to celebrate a 60th birthday. Although hesitant to try a cycle adventure in Scotland, where foul weather seems to dominate the landscape, we were blessed with perfect weather and an ideal tour operator. Robin listened to our wish lists and made our trip to Scotland one of our best ever. The cycle routes were on national bike ways that were in great shape and only obstacles were occasional sheep. The accommodations along the way ranged from basic to outstanding, but all were welcoming and had hearty breakfasts to kick start our days. Our luggage was always transported and waiting and any questions and concerns were more than adequately addressed. The best part were the surprises. Robin treated us to some delightful Scottish charm, whether it was the welcoming drinks or the musicians waiting to play along with our fiddler friend at the local pub. He and his wife,Tina, hosted us at their own B and B with a most welcomed infinity pool that eased the pain of biking and left only smiles on our faces.

Also, we did want to thank you so much for your incredible hospitality and organization. first class all the way. I suspect our friends here will become impatient with us because we can't stop talking about how much fun we had on the trip!

I think your idea of building in a music evening in Wigtown is a good one. it was a wonderful evening, and a real highlight. Bill called it one of the highlights of his life -- so it's hard to beat that!

Our best to Tina. Hope you two have a delightful summer and a busy season. we'll keep in touch.

And also, via tour agent, we just arrived back last evening from Scotland. can give you a full de-brief with photos when we get together, but wanted to let you know we had a fabulous trip. we hit Scotland's longest heat wave in 30 or so years, so never used all the wet/cold cycling clothes we took! but no complaints. Robin put together a first class trip and was v helpful and thoughtful in so many ways. I had told him that our friend Bill was a budding fiddler, and so he arranged for some local musicians to play at a pub at one of the places where we were staying -- and Bill actually ended up sitting in on a couple of songs and playing with them! an absolute highlight of the trip for him.

The cycling route Robin had for us was really enjoyable -- some high lonely hills and plateaus, some coastal vistas, and of course the "wee small villages". all in all, just a great time. but we must be the only people who can go away on a cycling trip and still gain weight. I'm blaming the "full Scottish breakfasts", but it might have been the shortbread, or the cold beers at the end of the day...

- Nanci and Tom Shillington and Collette and Bill McCollum, Canada and USA, July 2013
Family Tour

I first like to thank you for a great cycling holiday. Everything was organised perfectly. Great locations and a wonderfull route, with a fine mix of length and scenery (beaches, hills, moors, woodlands).

Equipment was very good. We rode like the winds (sometimes against them).

We surely recommend you!

- Paul Habets and family, Holland July 2013
Single Lady Tour

Just wanted to drop a quick note to tell you how pleased I am with Galloway cycle. They exceeded my expectation in every way.

Robin met my train and assist me with carrying my bags. He gave me the time I needed to get my bike together. (I am still some what slow putting it together) He was respectful enough to ask if I needed anything and when I asked him to make sure the bike was together he did.

He reviewed the maps with me and how he had set up my trip. He provided me with both a map each day ride and written directions including the mileage to the next site as well as cumulative miles. There were very few hills (which I asked requested). The route each day reflected this request.

Each night I had a lovely room. The managers of the bnb always where helpful and answered my questions. There was a restaurant within walking distance. The bnb's always secured my bike for the night.

Robin made sure that the routes included tea rooms as often as possible. His routes also indicated where WC's where.

- Comments from Nell shared by her Canadian cycling travel agent