The above map shows the extent of the tour doing a clockwise rotation starting from Dumfries in the lower right.
We stayed at the Woodland House Hotel in Dumfries. It had a large room where we were all able to put our bicycles together.
The first two days of cycling proved to be extremely windy with the wind going in the opposite direction we were, so we had to fight intense headwinds most of both days. Four weeks later, we were still talking about the winds on the first two days.
Some hae meat and canna eat,
And some wad eat that want it,
But we hae meat and we can eat,
Sae let the Lord be thankit.
On the way to Newton Steward.......
On the way to Ayr.
Pictures from the bar.....
These homes are still occupied today.
Helensborough and Loch Lomond
There is a cycle path along the west side of Loch Lomond which we were able to use.
By yon bonnie banks and by yon bonnie braes,
Where the sun shines bright on Loch Lomond,
Where me and my true love were ever wont to gae,
In the bonnie, bonnie banks of Loch Lomond.
O ye'll take the high road, and I'll take the low road,
And I'll be in Scotland afore ye,
Where me and my true love will never meet again,
On the bonnie, bonnie banks of Loch Lomond.
'Twas there that we parted, in by yon shady glen,
On the steep, steep side of Ben Lomond,
Where, deep in purple hue, the highland hills we view,
And the moon coming out in the gloaming.
The wee birdies sing and the wild flowers spring,
And in sunshine waters lie sleeping.
But the broken heart it kens, nae second spring again,
Though the waeful may cease frae their greeting.
Wee Peter (also known as Kerrs Folly).
Wee Peter stands on a stone pedestal in a cove at Aldochlay, legend evolved that it is a memorial to a child drowned in the loch, but it was in fact erected in 1890 by a local stonemason called William Kerr.
William, his brother and sister had been orphaned and had been brought up by a family in the Luss area. At an early age William left Luss for London and became a successful builder, the statue now known as Wee Peter was designed to be incorporated in a new house he was building.
However the client the house was being built for did not like the statue, and it was taken back to the builders yard where it had been left lying in a corner for many years.
William decided to return to the lochside where he had spent a happy childhood, bringing with him the statue which he then erected in the loch perhaps to remind him of the happy days he had spent there as a child.
How it came to be called Wee Peter is unknown.
I stopped off at a small town named Luss on the Loch Lomond route. The village of Luss is described as the most picturesque village in Scotland. Many of the cottages that line the street of Luss were originally built to house workers involved in the local slate quarry in the 18th century. These homes are now restored to their former glory. Luss is designated as a conservation village.