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11 Days Guided Motorcycle Tour in Scotland, UK with Watching Isle of Man TT Races

Edinburgh, Scotland

Ride of Scottish Highlands and Watching Isle of Man TT Races

In a series of unique experiences that Viktorianz hand stitches for the niche clientele - here is another unique world-class offering. Besides the iconic TT Races, why should motorcycle tours of Scotland feature high on your list of must-visit destinations? There are so many reasons we’d be here all day outlining them all! Not only does the country have a rich history (from castles to stone circles), there are a number of attractions that are uniquely Scottish (from kilts and tartan to bagpipes).

Scotland motorcycle tours will allow you to get up close and personal with the country’s beautiful scenery. From towering mountains and glittering lochs to thick woodlands and miles of golden beaches, Scotland is home to some truly unique landscapes that you’re sure to fall in love with.

Key Information

  • Bike: rental bike (Kawasaki, Suzuki or Yamaha (650-800cc), BMW 700/800/1200)
  • Mileage: 1,300 kilometers / 808 miles
  • Daily rides: 241 - 322 kilometers / 150 - 200 miles
  • Meals: 10 breakfasts

Highlights

  • Starts and ends in Edinburgh
  • Ride along the famous North Coast 500
  • Ride along the banks of Loch Ness to Fort Augustus
  • Skye Turntable ferry, the world's only manually operated turntable ferry
  • Visit the Falkirk wheel, a spectacular rotating boat lift
  • Tour of one of Scotland's most famous distilleries
  • Cruise on the Isle of Skye
  • 10 nights accommodation

Skill level

  • Intermediate

Styles


5 riding days
Group size: Maximum of 14 participants
Airport transfer included: Edinburgh Airport
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Accommodation

During this tour, you will stay in various accommodations with the options of shared twin or double room. Single supplement can be requested for an additional cost.

Program

Whilst on motorbike tours of Scotland, you’ll have plenty of time to explore all of the other attractions that the country has to offer. From museums to historical sites to Loch Ness and stunning architecture, you’ll have an endless array of things to see and do during your journey.

During Scotland bike tours, you’ll visit a number of the country’s most popular and amazing destinations. Visit the capital city of Edinburgh, Pitlochry, Fort Augustus, Inverness, Dornoch, Ullapool, Isle of Skye, Fort William, Liverpool.

Day 1: Arrive in Edinburgh - Reception, transfer, and city tour

As you land in Edinburgh, you shall be met at the airport and transferred you to your hotel, which would be close to the city center. For best use of time, you are advised to take a flight that lands in the morning of Day 1 - hotel check-ins are mostly in the afternoons. After you check-in and a bit of rest, you would go to a Bus Top tour of Edinburgh, the spectacular capital of Scotland, full of history and culture. Viktorianz will leave you on the Royal Mile to explore the city yourself and return to your hotel. Today or next day would be the day you pick up the bikes.

Day 2: Ride to Pitlochry on country roads

This morning you pack your bags, put on your riding gear and have an early breakfast. If the bikes were not picked up the evening of Day 1, you would be transferred to the bike showroom to pick up your pre-allotted motorcycles. The basic motorcycles on the offer are very good standard 650 - 800 cc bikes. The higher models such as BMWs from 700-800 cc to 1200-1600 ccs are available at additional costs. Your guide rider from Viktorianz would take you on highway road across the Firth of Forth (name of the river) - an estuary (firth) that separates FIFE to North and LOTHIAN to South.

You then swing to the back roads across to some beautiful Lochs (lakes) and glens (valleys) on to Queen's viewpoint. The ride then progresses to Pitlochry to your 16th-century hotel. As you get to this medieval hotel lodge, there is more waiting to happen.

Day 3: Ride to Commando Monument, Fort Augustus, and Loch Ness

You continue your ride into North Highlands - through the inner roads. Your first stop would be at the Commando Monument - this handful of men, who changed the war history of Second World War - the Commandos were raised and trained here. You further ride to the beautiful town of Fort Augustus - this is where the famous Loch Ness starts - maybe you could spot the water monster of the Ice Age - the 'Nessie'. Loch Ness has more water in it folds, than all the lakes and rivers of Scotland put together; mesmerizing indeed. You ride along the western edge of the Loch to reach Inverness and the Glenmorangie distillery. Night halt is in a typical seaside town of Dornoch. This place is closer to the Arctic circle than London.

Day 4: Ride to North Coast and Ullapool

This day begins early and you ride to Northern and Western coast. The small country roads with isolated dwellings are fascinating to ride. The estuaries of Tongue and amazing oceans of the North Coast are such a pleasure to ride. As you leave the scenic North Coast, you get a feel of a seaport, as you reach Ullapool, while it is not so. Its the Lochs all along. This is town you halt for the day. Do not miss some live Scottish music in one of the bars.

Day 5: Ride to Isle of Skye, Ellean Donnan, and Fort William

This morning you do a beautiful ride when you travel the West Coast on to the most beautiful Isle of Skye. Riding through this world-renowned isle with probably a lunch halt, we return to the James Bond castle of Ellean Donnan in the afternoon. It is the most beautifully located castle guarding the ancient waterway and has a picture-perfect setting. Take a tour of the castle and then, ride on through historical site of Glencoe to Fort William. Your hotel overlooking the Loch is yet another beautiful evening to cherish.

Day 6: Ride to Edinburgh, Train to Liverpool and Ferry to the Isle of Man

Here you are on the last day of your ride. You turn up early today and ride the expressway via Sterling to Edinburgh. Take time to return your bikes, do the necessary paperwork and move to the Waverly Train Station for your train to Liverpool. Once in Liverpool, you would board a pre-booked ferry to the Isle of Man - reaching there by late evening. You shall check-in into your pre-booked accommodations here and be ready to witness the opening of the races the next morning.

Day 7: Day 1 of Isle of Man TT Races: Witness the Opening Day

So here you are right next to the most dangerous motorcycle racing track in the world. For last over 100 years, on an average more than 4 death occur every year - either racing or watching them. No wonder they say that it is the most dangerous and spectacular sporting event on planet Earth. You would be part of the passionate motorcycling community that comes to witness this sporting wonder. As of today, this is the tentative program:

  • Saturday ( tentative schedule - may change )
  • 11.00 - RST Superbike TT Race (6 laps)
  • 14.00 - Sure Sidecar TT Race 1 (3 laps)
  • 15.30 - Superstock/ Supersport/ Lightweight practice (2 laps)

Day 8: Day 2 of Isle of Man TT Races: Mad Sunday

The races are held on all alternate days. This is a free day for you to explore the Island at your own pace. A lot of motorcycling action happens all over the track - no wonder its called the Mad Sunday. The racing track is open to all - and it is a madhouse. It's a day Viktorianz leaves you to find your own action. You could take public transport and visit various segments of the world-renowned TT Course.

Day 9: Day 3 of Isle of Man TT Races

There are many spots on the track you could see the race from. This is the day you could choose to be on a different spot to watch the action. As for Day 3, Monday, the tentative schedule is:-

  • Monday, ( tentative schedule, may change)
  • 10.45 - Monster Energy Supersport TT Race 1 (4 laps)
  • 12.25 - Sidecar qualifying (2 laps)
  • 14.15 - RL360 Superstock TT Race (4 laps)
  • 16.05 - Lightweight qualifying (1 lap)
  • 16.25 - TT Zero qualifying (l lap)

Day 10: Departure From Isle of Man to Liverpool or Edinburgh

On this final day, you rise early and take a pre-booked ferry out to Liverpool. And that is where you say goodbye to this unique experience. Based on your flight schedule, you would arrive at Edinburgh and check-in into your hotel closer to the airport. Please feel free to ask for any arrangements you want Viktorianz to do - beyond or before the tour planned above. You could further extend your stay at Edinburgh, catch a train to London for a holiday or call your family to either of these places for extended family vacations. Happy to help at any time.

Day 11: Fly out of Edinburgh

You would have arrived last night by ferry or a flight from IOM and stayed at Edinburgh Hotel. This morning or by noon - you check out from your hotel and will be transferred to the airport at scheduled timings.

Skill level required for this tour: Intermediate

  • can ride for three to four hours
  • average riding experience
  • little assistance required
  • comfortable with extreme curves and leans
  • average experience with unsurfaced roads
  • steep ascents and descents

Included excursions

On day two, you will go to Glencoe visitor center. On day three, you will get the chance to visit a picturesque castle on the banks of Loch Alsh. On day four, you will visit Village of Tongue. On day five, you will go to John o’ Groats and Glenmorangie distillery. Last but not least, on day six, you will go to Fort Augustus and Commando Memorial monument.

Location

This tour will take you to various places in Scotland. You will visit Fort William via the Falkirk Wheel, Glencoe, Ullapool, Skye, Loch Alsh, West Coast, Village of Tongue, John O’ Groats, Glenmorangie, Fort Augustus, and Pitlochry.

Food

During this tour, you will be served with daily breakfasts. Lunch and dinner are not included.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast

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

Things to do (optional)

On day one and the last day, you are free to explore Edinburgh. On day seven in Pitlochry, you will have the choice as to whether to join the The Atholl Higlanders Parade or go on a tour of Speyside the famous whisky region and visit the beautiful town of Elgin for those who wants to ride.

What's included

  • Bike hire Kawasaki, Suzuki, Yamaha, or BMW and insurance for 5 days
  • 10 nights accommodation
  • Daily breakfast
  • Allotment of bikes is on first come first serve basis
  • Full mechanical breakdown cover and a bike replacement if needed
  • Bike panniers for your luggage - carry light luggage that can go on a bike
  • Entry tickets to tourist places - Single malt tour, Castle, Historical sights etc.
  • Fuel for bikes for the entire tour
  • Welcome dinner at Pitlochry with cultural dos
  • All parking charges at hotels or tourist places
  • All hotels taxes

What's not included

  • Personal and medical insurances of riders (highly recommended )
  • Air tickets, visa, IDL
  • Lunches, dinners, drinks, snacks
  • Tips, souvenirs, laundry, tea etc.
  • Repair of damages to the bike up to excess 1800 GBP
  • Traffic fines or speed limit of fines
  • 5% GST

How to get there

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Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Edinburgh Airport (EDI). Viktorianz Bespoke Adventure Travels will pick you up at the airport. The pick-up is included in the price.

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

Cancellation Policy

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

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Start: Monday May 31, 2021
End: Thursday June 10, 2021

Pricing information

If you wish to stay in a private single room, a single supplement of 1,250 EUR will apply.

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