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Interesting Motorcycle Tour in Scotland

You will start the tour in the Clyde estuary and make your to the west coast then north to the highlands before returning to Glasgow. Come and experience some of the best motorcycle routes in Scotland in this guided motorcycle tour. You will get to visit the Isle of Bute, Argyll, Kintyre peninsula, Seil, Mull, Skye and the Scottish Highlands.

Key information

  • Bike: personal or rental bike (Kawasaki Versys 650 SE Grand Tourer, Triumph Tiger 800XRT, Harley-Davidson Road King, Harley-Davidson Electra Glide Ultra Limited and others)
  • Mileage: 2134 kilometres / 1326 miles all on tarred roads
  • Daily rides: 241 - 388 kilometres / 150 - 200 miles
  • Riding gear: available to rent
  • Meals: all breakfasts and dinners

Highlights

  • Starts and ends in Glasgow
  • Explore the Isle of Mull and the Isle of Bute
  • Ride to the island of Seil crossing 'the bridge over the Atlantic'
  • Circuit the Mull of Kintyre with views to the islands of Arran, Gigha, Islay, and Jura
  • Visit Mount Stuart, Dunvegan Castle, and Eilean Donan Castle
  • See the Crinan Canal and the site of an ancient fort
  • 6 nights accommodation

Skill level

  • Intermediate

Styles


7 riding days
Airport transfer included: Glasgow Airport
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Accommodation

During this tour, you will be accommodated in quality three to five-star hotels. Each rider will stay in a private room with en-suite unless they chose to share.

Program

Please note that any maps shown are indicative because it is not always possible to enter all the waypoints and on the day of departure as McTours need to review the routes based upon the latest traffic and weather information available making changes as and when necessary.

Day 1: Seamill, Bute, Argyll and Kintyre peninsula (241 kilometers / 150 miles - 6 hours riding)

After an early breakfast, around 8:00 a.m., you depart from Seamil and ride for about 20 miles north to Wemyss Bay for a ferry crossing to Rothsay on the Isle of Bute where we shall visit Mount Stuart, a magnificent Edwardian property and home of the Marquess of Bute. However, you will first take a partial circuit towards the south of the island before visiting Mount Stuart, after which, you will go to the north of Bute where you will take Rhubodach to Colintrive and a ferry crossing to Argyll.

Day 2: Tarbert, Crinan, Inveraray, Dalmally, Seil, Oban (298 kilometres / 185 miles - 6 hours riding)

Before progressing north, you will first head south west to Loch Stornoway on the Kintyre peninsula. then loop northerly to reach Lochgilphead. Follow the course of the Crinan canal then reach the ancient Dunadd Fort. %It is where the Kings of Dalriada lived (after the Romans left and before King David came to rule in 1124 Scotland comprised four kingdoms and Dalriada was one of those. It was an ancient Gaelic speaking land forming Ireland and the West of Scotland).

Next, make your way to Inveraray. Inveraray is a beautiful model village and is home to a prison and castle (both of which are really good attractions for tourists). From there, you will head towards Dalmally to see the fairly modern very interesting St Conans Kirk.

You will then ride the shore road of Loch Awe, going along a narrow road with amazing views as you almost reach Dunadd Fort again. From there you will go to Ardfern and then over to Crobh Haven Marina before crossing "the Bridge over the Atlantic" to Seil Island.

You can also consider taking the passenger ferry crossing to Easdale Island before you continue north to Oban and end your journey at the Falls of Lora hotel.

Day 3: Oban, Mull, Ardnamurchan, Mallaig (241 kilometres / 150 miles - 5.5 hours riding)

You will leave your hotel in Connel and make your way to the ferry terminal in Oban where you aboard the crossing to Craignure on the Isle of Mull.

You will be riding single tracks on the island as you make your way to Loch Beg and go around Ben More and Loch na Keal with views over to Ulva and other smaller islands.

You will have a short stop at the bridge crossing Eas Fors Waterfall before climbing up and over a road with several tight bends which will take you to Tobermorry. This is where you will take a break for lunch.

Depending on the ferry you will either break for lunch at Tobermory or over in Ardnamurchan after crossing to Kilchoan. The Ardnamurchan peninsula is the most westerly mainland of the UK and an area of Scotland that is particularly untouched because it is remote, has little access routes and small roads.

As you continue your ride, you will have a stop at the Sands of Morar which featured in the movies Local Hero and Breaking the Wave. The quartz sand seems to be almost white with silver speckles and on a sunny day the beach and the sea appears more like the Caribbean than Scotland. You will finish the day at the West Highland Hotel in Mallaig.

Day 4: Mallaig, Skye, Glenelg, Eilean Donan Castle (282 kilometres / 175 miles - 5 hours riding)

Today you will have an early start, leaving Mallaig and crossing by ferry to the Isle of Skye where you will ride a circuit of the island as you make your first visit of the day at Dunvegan Castle. Later you will cross the Quirang, a dramatic pass formed from a landslip, before stopping to see Kilt Rock, a 90-meter tall basalt rock formation that looks like a pleated kilt where there is a famous photo opportunity location at Mealt waterfall which drop from Loch Mealt over the cliffs to the sea. After stopping for lunch near Portree, you will cross on the last remaining operational turnstile ferry in the world leaving Skye and returning to the mainland.

You ride through Glenelg to Shiel Bridge and then move back towards Skye, stopping at Eilean Donan Castle for pictures. The castle is one of Scotlands most pictured and is where three sea lochs meet; Loch Duich, Loch Long and Loch Alsh.

The castle was reconstructed in the 1920's and 30's and has been used in some films. You will finish the day in a quiet hotel just north of Kyle of Lochalsh with westerly views across the Inner Sound to Eilean Mor, Scalpay, Longay and Skye.

Day 5: Plockton, Applecross, Torridon, Ullapool, Lochinver, Scourie (346 kilometres / 215 miles - 6.5 hours riding)

From now on there are no ferry crossings as you ride on the mainland in great remote areas along the North West coast. You will first go to Plockton, a scenic village in a sheltered bay called "The Jewel of the Highlands".

The town was used as the location for the fictional Lochdubh in the TV series Hamish McBeth. You only take a short stop for pictures and then move on. Your route circuits Loch's Carron and Kishorn before crossing the Bealach na ba, a winding, single track road through the mountains leading to Applecross where you will have a refreshment break.

From Applecross you will hug the coast to Torridon before crossing to Kinlochewe then along the southern shore of Loch Maree to Poolewe. You will ride onwards to Ullapool and Lochinver and finish the day at a charming hotel in Scourie.

Day 6: Durness, Tongue, Kimbrace, Lairg, Beauly (388 kilometres / 200 miles 5.5 hours riding)

On this day, you will go into some of the most distant parts of the highlands. First you will leave Scourie continuing north to Durness on the north west coast of Scotland.

A little along the coast you will take a break at a Smoo cave and from there, you will head towards the northern coast line past Tongue to Borgie Lodge where you will have a refreshment break.

Your route continues past Bettyhill before turning south just after crossing the Halladale River where you deviate to the south towards Kinbrace (which is where you will find Britain's most remote hotel, The Garvault).

Your route will keep going south and you will stop for lunch at a remote inn north of Lairg. After going through Lairg you will head towards Bonar Bridge then Dingwall before you finish the day's ride at Beauly.

In French 'beau lieu' means beautiful place. The surrounding land is fertile with grain and fruit mainly being farmed. There is also a ruined Priory dating from 1260.

Day 7: Beauly, Drumnadrochit, Ft Augustus, Dalwhinnie, Killin, Glasgow (338 kilometers / 210 miles - 5.5 hours riding)

Leaving Beauly you go south to Drumnadrochit where you will arrive at Loch Ness. You will ride through Loch Ness to Fort Augustus where you will take a break before riding again through the great glen to Spean Bridge where you change course to the east along the banks of Loch Lagan and then to Dalwhinnie where you will visit a whisky distillery.

You will go on a tour of the distillery but save the whisky samples until the days riding is done. Your course south goes on through Tummel Bridge and Fortingall where you will stop for lunch. Fortingall has two main claims to fame.

One is that it has the oldest ewe tree in the world at least 2000 years old and some claim as much as 9000 years old. The second claim is that it was where Pontius Pilate, famed for sending Jesus to the cross, was born.

The story of Pontius Pilate's Scottish origins was written in an article published in the 15 January 1899 edition of the New York Times. The article said that between 55BC when the the Romans' first came to Britain and their subsequent invasion in AD43 that Caesar Augustus sent envoys to establish diplomatic relations with some of the important British and Caledonian tribes.

One of these was a Caledonian chieftain called Metellanus, whose stronghold was at the head of Glen Lyon. A member of the Roman delegation to Metellanus's tribe fathered a child circa 20BC with a Caledonian woman, and this child went back to Rome with his parents. The child grew up to be Pontius Pilate.

The tour continues to Loch Tay where you will head towards Killin. Next you will travel to Lochearnhead and at Killmahog you will cross the Dukes Pass to Aberfoyle and have another refreshment break there. At Drymen you change routes again to the west arriving at the southern shores to Loch Lomond and from there you will return to major roads back to base near Glasgow.

Skill level(s) required for this tour: intermediate

Intermediate:

  • can ride for 3-4 hours
  • average riding experience
  • little assistance required
  • comfortable with extreme curves and leans
  • average experience with unsurfaced roads
  • steep ascents and descents

Location

Food

Breakfast and dinner are included in this tour. You will have freedom to dine with other party members or enjoy an intimate meal with their partner if you prefer. When you stop for lunch and tea / coffee, you can chose where to go and what to eat or drink and therefore this is not included.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Regular (typically includes meat and fish)
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

What's included

  • 6 nights accommodation in quality three to five-star hotels
  • Breakfast and dinner
  • Ferry crossings if stated
  • Entrance fees if stated
  • Travel from local airport or mainline railway station to first hotel and return to airport or station from last hotel at the end of the tour
  • Transport to and from motorcycle rental dealer when required

What's not included

  • Riding gear, although we can usually arrange rental of suitable attire at an added cost
  • Fuel
  • Flights
  • Lunch and beverages
  • Entrance fees (not stated because some historic sites, Castles and other attractions are not mandatory and the prices is not included)
  • Toll fees (there are no toll roads in Scotland)
  • Motorcycle rental and security deposit

How to get there

Recommended Airports

Airport: Glasgow Airport Airport transfer included: Glasgow Airport No additional charges. You can request this in the next step.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 20% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 30 days before arrival.

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Availability

Start: Saturday July 3, 2021
End: Friday July 9, 2021

Availability information

Additional dates and tour variations available for groups of 3 or more riders

Pricing information

Most motorcycles available for hire are obtained directly from local mainstream dealers. McTours can source others to ensure most riders needs are accommodated. However, they do not have exclusive access to these rental motorbikes and so availability must be confirmed. Prices and terms are set by the dealers who supply the machines. The following are examples:

  • Royal Enfiled Himalayan: 400 GBP per week
  • Kawasaki Versys 650 SE Grand Tourer: 565 GBP per week
  • Triumph Tiger 800XRT: 595 GBP per week
  • Triumph Tiger 900GT: 630 GBP per week
  • Kawasaki Versys 650: 680 GBP per week
  • Kawasaki Z900: 710 GBP per week
  • Kawasaki W800: 750 GBP per week
  • Kawasaki VN900 Tour: 750 GBP per week
  • Triumph Tiger 800 XR: 870 GBP per week
  • Kawasaki Z1000SX: 810 GBP per week
  • Kawasaki Versys 1000 GT: 810 GBP per week
  • Harley-Davidson Heritage Classic Softail: 980 GBP per week
  • Harley-Davidson Road King: 980 GBP per week

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