Walking on the Galloway Hills

Walking on the Galloway Hills

Leeming & Paterson Photography
Clatteringshaws Loch

Clatteringshaws Loch

Leeming & Paterson Photography
Mountain Biking

Mountain Biking

Allan Devlin Photography
Kippford

Kippford

John Scott Photography
Screel

Screel

Leeming and Paterson Photography

About Us

Jock, Anne, Billy and Eleanor

Let us help you to organise your holiday so that your stay in Scotland is a truly Scottish Experience.

We are proud Scots who wish to share our love of Dumfries and Galloway and Scotland, its beauty and its culture with visitors. (Jock is a proud New Zealander with Scots blood!) Our main aim is to share our local knowledge with visitors to our region, a region rich in history, nature and wildlife and stunning scenery. We also wish to show case Dumfries and Galloway and Scotland.

We have travelled extensively in Scotland, the United Kingdom, Europe and the rest of the world and enjoy meeting people and experiencing other cultures. We also have many years home exchange experience in North America and Australasia.  We are newly retired and we are enthusiastic and looking forward to this new challenge in our lives.




Billy Calder

Billy Calder

Before my recent retirement I was Principal Teacher of Physical Education at Dalbeattie High School and an active partner in the family farm.  I have several qualifications in outdoor education and I am a keen golfer, mountain biker and hillwalker. I am a member of Southerness and Colvend Golf Courses. I have a wide local knowledge and a broad spectrum of skills which include wildlife and the countryside.   I am a sociable person who enjoys an occasional dram and would be happy to share my knowledge of Scotland’s national drink with guests. I also enjoy playing the guitar.

Eleanor Calder

I was Principal Teacher of Physical Education at St Joseph’s College, Dumfries and a partner in the family farm where I was brought up. My husband and I have two sons, Angus and Fraser, who both work in the fresh produce industry. I have several skills and qualifications in outdoor education. I am a keen golfer and am a member of Southerness and Colvend Golf Courses. I am very keen on gardening and wildlife and enjoy cooking and entertaining.

I have lived in Dumfries and Galloway all my life and have a wide local knowledge. After retirement I realised I needed a challenge and look forward to this new, exciting venture.

Jock Simpson

I am a very proud New Zealander with a strong Scottish Heritage. My ancestors left Scotland in 1840 and, as my great great grandmother was a Kirkpatrick of Closeburn in Dumfries and Galloway, I have a great affinity with this region. I have been in the aviation industry all my life. I am now semi-retired but still travel the world auditing helicopter companies for the oil industry.

I have travelled and worked extensively throughout the world, including Pakistan, Iran, Yemen, Ethiopia, Turkey, Venezuela, Vietnam, China, Mauritania, Madagascar, Namibia and South Africa and have plenty of stories to tell. I am a member of Dumfries and County Golf Course, Dumfries Camera Club and a member of Rotary. 

I would say I am a “people” person who enjoys socialising and we enjoy frequent visits back to New Zealand.

Anne Simpson

Before retirement I was Head Teacher at Lochmaben Primary School which is in an area steeped in the history of Robert the Bruce. Prior to that I was Head Teacher of the small rural school of New Abbey, one of the most picturesque villages in South-West Scotland with many historical connections. I had the most wonderful career in teaching but I am now looking forward to the challenges this new venture will bring. 

My great interest is history and genealogy and I am a member of the Dumfries and Galloway Family History Society and the Dumfries and Galloway Fine Arts Society. I have researched my husband’s family who left Scotland for New Zealand in 1840.

I was born in Ayrshire but have lived in Dumfries and Galloway for 35 years. I am proud mother to Andrew who is an engineer and lives in Edinburgh and James who is an architect in Glasgow.  Now I have the time, I enjoy improving my garden, walking and reading. I enjoy entertaining and look forward to welcoming guests into my home to experience some real Scottish hospitality.