Our Philosophy



Our name says it all really. We intentionally decided to operate our activity and special interest holidays exclusively within Dumfries and Galloway so that we could offer local knowledge and expertise on activities, accommodation and attractions that is second to none.


Robin with Galloway Holidays minibus in Kirkcudbright
We can of course help our clients with their arrival and departure transport needs and even assist with city breaks to Glasgow, Edinburgh or even Belfast or to the Scottish Highlands before or after their holiday in Galloway.


Our aim is to use our experince, contacts and accumulated knowledge of Galloway over many years to ensure that the activity and special interest experiences we offer not only match but hopefully surpass the expectations of our customers.


 


Our Commitment



We aim to make it as easy as possible for you to experience the very best holiday Dumfries and Galloway region has to offer. Whether from a holiday listed on one of our Itineraries or a fully tailored experience, we are here to make sure that you have the best experience amidst our glorious countryside surrounded by wildlife, peace and tranquillity.


As can be seen from previous Customer Comments we have an excellent record in achieving our Aim. We have the advantage of being a relatively small business in a beautiful rural area. This allows us to use our local knowledge to provide a personalised service at no extra cost to help you get the best out of your holiday.


 


Robin Hogg, your Galloway Holidays tour operator

Our History



Galloway Holidays started out life as Galloway Cycling Holidays back in 2004 and was the idea of Robin Hogg who wanted to offer his customers a quality cycling holiday that combined his love of cycling with the very best experience of Dumfries and Galloway too.


In 2006 Robin then decided to use this extensive local knowledge to provide walking holidays that also made the most of the areas beautiful location and its many attractions too. In the same year we were successful in gaining a Tourism Innovation Development Award from Scottish Enterprise. and ever since we have continued to grow the business and develop the product offering to meet customer demand.


In 2010, using the in-depth knowledge gained in arranging cycling and walking holidays, it was a natutral progression to begin to offer other activity and special interest breaks, again only in Dumfries and galloway region which we know well. We now specialise in packaging whole ‘outdoor activity experiences’ and special interest breaks where we can offer the increasing range of activities shown on our websites.


2010 also saw the launch of our very own luxurious Bed and Breakfast at our base here in Castle Douglas. Summerhill offers a very high standard of contemporary accommodation that is totally geared up to looking after our active customers with its own exercise spa swimming pool and delicious healthy breakfasts.


Owner and founder of Galloway Holidays, Robin has lived and worked in Galloway for more than 50 years.


The Galloway Holidays team having a refreshment at Kippford after some filming
As a proud local Robin is absolutely passionate about Dumfries and Galloway and has extensive knowledge on everything there is to see and do in the area including the landscape, places of interest, activities, the people, accommodation and routes. If you need to know something about Galloway, chances are Robin will know the answer and if he doesn’t then he will know someone who will!


Robin uses this local knowledge and his organisational skills to design tailor made activity holidays that deliver superb outdoor activity experiences here in Galloway.  Robin has several assistants who help as and when required. As the mainly seasonal business grows these assistants will become more involved.


 


Our Location



We are located in the lovely market town of Castle Douglas, right in the heart of Dumfries and Galloway in Scotland’s south west corner. This provides you with the perfect base for exploring our beautiful unspoilt area which extends right along the north Solway coast between England and Stranraer (the ferry port to Northern Ireland).


With three National Scenic Areas, the Galloway Forest Park and over 200 miles of stunning coastline, Galloway has all the natural ingredients for a superb outdoor activity experience.


 


How To Get Here



Our region is in the south west corner of Scotland and is surprisingly accessible from central Scotland, northern England, London (daily London bus) and N. Ireland.


Allie and Al at Dalbeattie Forest trailhead
By Car
Castle Douglas is by-passed by the A75 road which runs through the region. It is an easy drive from most cities in the north of England, via the M6 and Central Scotland via the A74. We are 1 hour from Carlisle and Stranraer and 2 hours from Glasgow and Edinburgh.


By Train
Dumfries and Lockerbie railway stations are closest to arrive at our base in Castle Douglas. Dumfries is half an hour away and is on the line between Glasgow and Carlisle. Lockerbie is three quarters of an hour away and on the main west coast UK line between London Euston and Glasgow. Lockerbie is 1 hour from Edinburgh by train and a popular option to reach us. We are able to pick you up at the railway station and bring you to our base in the market town of Castle Douglas.


By Air
Edinburgh, Glasgow and Newcastle airports are around a 2 hour drive from Castle Douglas. We suggest after arrival at these airports, take the regular airport bus to the city centre - under 1/2 an hour - and take a train to either Lockerbie or Dumfries from where we can pick you up. Glasgow Prestwick airport is actually closest (just over 1 hour) to Castle Douglas and suitable for flights using low cost airline Ryanair. Due to awkward rail connections (unless wishing to spend time in Glasgow before your cycling tour) a pickup from the airport is advised.


By Bus
Their is a daily overnight bus from London to Belfast and return. Current times are: Depart Victoria coach station at 0900 and 1700 with arrival at Castle Douglas at 1735 and 0215. Return journeys - Depart Castle Douglas at 2110 and 1100 arriving London 0600 and 2020. Stops en route both ways are at Dumfries, Annan, Carlisle, Manchester Central, Birmingham, Milton Keynes and Golders Green, London. Price is £35. Suggest confirm the above with National Express before travelling. The regular No.500 bus between Dumfries and Stranraer, which calls in at Castle Douglas, runs every 2 hours and has the facility to carry bikes. www.swestrans.org.uk The journey time is 1 and 3/4 hours.


By Sea
The ferry ports of Stranraer and Cairnyan in the west of our region are an hour from Castle Douglas. The regular ferries sail from and to Belfast and Larne respectively in N. Ireland.


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