There was initial uncertainty whether I could join the trip as the last place had been allocated for a lady. However as I had opted for a single room the only question was if accommodation could be found. I was pleased that this only took a day to resolve and my place was quickly confirmed, so I could then plan my travel to join.
I did the same trip last year, and even though this year's weather was not as good, the trip certainly was. The guides were different and we had slight changes in route to my previous visit, but it was clear both Tim and John were very knowledgeable and enthusiastic about the area and Scotland as a whole, and learning more about the history , geology, flora and fauna made the trip so worthwhile.
Their advance planning and work behind the scenes was perhaps not something many would notice, but it was clear from the seamless delivery and enjoyment of all participants that time had been invested in putting it all together.
One thing that exemplified the commitment of the guides was when they picked us up at 5am to see the sunrise at Callanish Stones. Also a reflection of their interest in the group that they understood some of the things that might appeal to us; the fact they seemed to understand each individual's cycling abilities seemed automatic. Tim and John to quote a much used service line "exceeded my expectations", and made it a thoroughly enjoyable trip.
Accommodation & Food
I previously stayed at Polochar, but could not get in last year, so it was good to return again this year. Two nights at Donald's near Callanish is something to look forward to, made even better this year by a display of Scottish dancing by some young local girls. The Hamersley in Lochmaddy was excellent, nice room and good food. The Hebrides Hotel in Tarbert is a great hotel, but the restaurant only offers expensive high end dining, they also have a fabulous bar menu, unfortunately the bar was full, so to guarantee a seat it had been necessary to book the restaurant, and despite the guides best endeavours we were not able to order from the bar menu. If WS is putting a lot of business their way, it would be good to negotiate either a special less highfaluting menu. or capacity to book a table in the bar.
See earlier comments. Tim and John made the whole experience a great one, quite different from my previous version of the same trip, and so worth my while repeating the trip.