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In 1994 our family moved to Scotland and located just outside Edinburgh and this is when the journey began. Busy in Corporate life we began to think “hey life should be better!” Thats when the wild open spaces of the Scottish countryside started to ignite our passion for cycling and walking. The dream began in 1997 when we fully committed to live our dream and not just think about it. Then evolved Hooked on Cycling and Walking – a very easy name really one we were truly “Hooked” on the outdoor world and secondly our names are Jon and Sue Hook.
Since that time we have developed tours throughout Europe and more recently in Canada, and USA. Now we have over 106 cycling tours and over 80 walking tours in 18 European countries as well as the Americas. We both have come from a customer service background so this is our prime objective, to provide the very best pre-tour, on tour and after tour service, to choose hotels and other accommodation which only we would like to stay in but also which must be typical of each region our tours are located.
Our local representatives have all been with us many years and so we know they are all totally dedicated to provide a first class on tour service. We always consider responsible tourism so our representatives are all local to the tour; they all have a passion for their region and wish you to leave each tour with a passion as well and wanting to return.
We now have a small team working in our office outside Edinburgh to ensure all your enquiries and dealt with efficiently, often you will speak directly with us. We always walk or cycle all our tour routes allowing us to get a first class understanding of each tour, the accommodation and wonderful landscapes. We also run a professional bike shop in Bathgate which opened in 2010 which we run simultaneously alongside our holiday business.
Take a look at our tours and experience the Hooked on Cycling and Walking way and you never know you also could get really Hooked!!
I am the owner of Hooked on Cycling and the man behind the big idea. I have been working in the industry for nearly 20 years. My first big trip was to backpack around Europe when I was 18 years of age, sleeping on many a park bench to save money. Then a international job meant flying all around Europe, USA and Japan visiting many of the major cities. I have since travelled further and wider over the years and has a vast knowledge of all our tours. I also work in our professional bike shop and I am Cytech approved bike mechanic. I love to cycle and I go out cycling nearly every weekend (well 5-6 times per week) with Sammie’s husband Nick (who works in our bike shop).
I have been working at Hooked on Walking since 2007. Since I was little I have always loved everything about travel. I love exploring new places and seeing places that tourists might not witness.
I have a keen interest in walking and love walking my two dogs, and running around after my two boys. I also know my fair share about bikes as growing up we cycled every weekend and went on our own cycling holidays.
I love nothing more than helping our guests organise their dream walking or cycling holiday with us.
Originally from Manchester, I moved to Scotland back in 1994 with my husband Jon and my two eldest children - Simon and Sammie. On our move to Scotland that is when our idea came to start our dream business and in 1997 we set off with our business adventure. We have grown over the years and unlike other companies we have kept our business within our family.
I love to travel and see the world and I have a keen interest in helping our guests with their vacations. My role within Hooked on Cycling & Walking is to keep the office running and making sure our guests get the best possible holiday with us.
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