The Scottish Highlands are rightly acclaimed as one of the most beautiful parts of the world. Featuring vast mountain ranges, timeless lochs and ancient castles, Scotland is steeped in history, both human and natural.
HIGHLANDS AND ISLANDS: SCOTLAND
You will get a real taste of Scotland with this tour of the stunning Highland, magnificent coastline and the company of the friendly locals. We avoid the more well trodden routes and mix some must see destinations with some of the beautiful remote locations Scotland has to offer. Our first night is Edinburgh at our hotel a short walk from the castle. The welcome dinner will be in the hotels excellent restaurant serving locally sourced and produced food. Leaving from Edinburgh, Scotland’s iconic capital city we travel northwards to Balmoral Castle with the chance to stop and tour the castle (subject to HM the King not being in residence) and into Speyside, home of some of Scotland’s smoothest whiskies. A night spent in a charming local Inn and then onwards to the rugged North West coast. Your route goes via Loch Ness with the chance to visit Urquhart Castle perched on the banks of the loch. As you ride further north, you’ll see the landscape transform from rolling green hills into huge, towering cliffs, mountains and Lochs. We ride to the very north coast on winding single track roads. The most common road signs you will see are “Passing Place” and “Deer”. A charming remote hotel overlooking a sea loch on the north coast is your home for the night.
Turning south you wind your way down the coast on single track roads and over the Bealach na Ba (pass of the cattle) before crossing over to the Isle of Skye, the largest island of the inner Hebrides, on the last manually operated turntable ferry in Britain. Skye is the home of the castles of Clan MacDonald and Clan MacLeod. Leaving Skye, again by ferry, we cross over to Lochaber with its beautiful forested coastline and lochs. You get to ride some of Scotland’s iconic roads we then head to Inveraray with its castle and historic jail. Our hotel for the night has been in the family for generations and you will receive a warm welcome in the busy hotel. Finally we head homeward, to Edinburgh via Glen Coe and our final night in the Capital. Dinner to celebrate the tour end will be taken in the heart of the city.
This tour will give you a real flavour of the Scottish Highlands and you will ride on a wide variety of roads from small single-track lanes to fast sweeping major roads. The roads in remote areas are largely single track and very quiet. You need to be a confident rider to get the best from them.
Motorrad Tours welcome all makes and models of bike on tour. We also have a range of BMW bikes that you can hire. All our hire bikes for Classic and European Explorer Tours are current model BMW’s complete with ABS, Heated Grips, Panniers, Top Box, Tank Bag, Inner bags for all boxes and a pre programmed BMW Navigator GPS included.
|Price option||Solo Shared Single Room||Solo Single Room||*Rider and passenger|
|Riding Your Own Motorcycle||1995||2395||2895|
|Including an F800GS, F900GS or F900XR Hire Bike||2745||3145||3645|
|Including an R1300GS, R1250RS or R1250RT Hire Bike||2865||3265||3765|
|Including an S1000XR Hire Bike||2895||3295||3795|
|Including an R1250GS Adventure Hire Bike||2955||3355||3855|
HIRE BIKES: If you are booking with a hire bike we will hand your bike over on the afternoon prior to the first tour day. This will give you a chance to get familiar with the bike, make any adjustments, arrange your packing and not waste any time on the first day riding.
Day 1 Arrive for your first night in Scotland's Capital Edinburgh for tour welcome dinner
Day 2 Gleneagles, Balmoral, The Glendevon Valley and the spectacular Loch Tay are all on your route today
Day 3 Fort Augustus, General Wades Road alongside Loch Ness, Urquhart Castle and Loch Loyal on your way far North
Day 4 The north west Highlands to Gairloch and your small Inn on the shores of a sea loch
Day 5 Ride the Pass of Cattle and cross to the Isle of Skye, via the UK's last rotating turntable ferry
Day 6 Incredible coastal scenery from Ballachulish to Lochgilphead and round to Inveraray
Day 7 Return to Edinburgh via the dramatic Glen Coe and head for our final night in the capital city
- Iconic scenes of Scotland
- Eilean Donan Castle
- Urquhart Castle
- Glen Coe
- Isle of Skye
- Loch Ness
- The Caledonian Canal
- Bealach na Ba the Pass of the Cattle
- Visit the sandy beaches of the North West
- Accommodation is mainly in small local inns in beautiful Scottish villages
- A true ‘insiders’ tour of Scotland avoiding the major highways
- Two nights in magnificent Edinburgh
- Pre tour pack including tour information, Michelin maps, route notes and GPS routes in Garmin/BMW format
- Electronic copy of the World of BMW Touring Essentials Book
- Ferry crossing to and from the Isle of Skye and across Loch Linhe
- All accommodation as listed in the itinerary in comfortable local hotels and inns
- All breakfasts
- Welcome and farewell dinners (excludes beverages)
- Plus dinners in Tongue/Uig and Gairloch (excludes beverages)
- Motorrad Tours Tour Leader throughout the Tour
- Expert advice and support throughout
- Commemorative polo shirt of all riders and pasengers
- The protection of booking with a fully bonded tour operator
- Dinners other than those listed
- Travel Insurance
- Anything not listed as included