We had an excellent bank holiday at the Loch Ken Activity Centre - thank you to Dave and Anne for organising the accommodation and to Helen for organising the food.
On Friday we cycled to Castle Douglas and some of us (having been advised by Paul that the road was surfaced) cycled back along the west bank of Loch Ken on a rough but beautiful track through a nature reserve.
On Saturday we cycled to Drumlanrig Castle across lonely moors and through forests. Bank Holiday - what bank holiday? There were very few people around.
On Sunday the mist was low most of the day. We cycled to the seaside but because of the fret most of us never made it (Paul and Melanie being the exception). The rest of us stopped at the De Caff cafe in Dalbeattie. Great food, service and prices! Once we headed back inland the sun came out.
On Monday a group of us set out on our tour to the Mull of Galloway. In and out of the mist - a beatiful run to Gatehouse of Fleet and onwards to Newton Stewart then down the coast to Whithorn via Wigtown - the Scottish book town. Our bed and breakfasts at Whithorn (Whithorn House, Castlewigg Lodge and Mansefield House) were excellent and we had an excellent evening meal at Whithorn House. We celebrated Helen's birthday and the owner of Mansefield House supplied a birthday cake.
Tuesday we cycled via the Isle of Whithorn to Port William and the second oldest pub in Scotland - the Cock Inn with its Elvis Pressley homage bar. Paul took a picture of the landlady with a cardboard cut-out of Elvis. Next stop was Glenluce Abbey where we met Mick who had cycled out from his caravan site. We spent the next two nights at the Torrs Warren Hotel, Stoneykirk. What a great hotel and a friendly Basil Fawlty look-a-like as landlord.
Wednesday - we reached the most southerly point of Scotland - the Mull of Gallooway at the same latitude as Shildon in Durham. On Thursday we returned on a very pleasant and quiet route to Newton Stewart and then Loch Ken. A thouroughly enjoyable week!