Outer Hebrides & North Coast 500
Outer Hebrides, Scottish Highlands & North Coast 500
3 & 4 star Hotels & Quality Guest House
150 - 200 miles per day - longest day 220 miles
Combination of A, B and unfenced roads
Suitable for all competent riders & pillions perhaps touring for the first time
A great tour of the Highlands & Islands of Scotland including a visit to the Outer Hebrides
A visit to the Outer Hebrides is one of those places that has long been on many people's 'bucket list', and so in 2017 we added it to our popular Scottish Highlands & Islands Tour to make a comprehensive 10 night tour which takes in all the best roads and attractions you will find in this part of the world. Our visit to the Outer Hebrides will be to the islands of Lewis and Harris via the Ullapool to Stornoway ferry which means we are restricted to the amount of bikes we can take, plus we are unlikely to repeat this tour for some time, so we encourage you to book early.
The Tour will also include much of what's now known as the North Coast 500. We have actually been riding this route for years, but clever marketing by the Scottish Tourist Board has made this the route to ride, and we can't disagree....
Our tour starts at 4 star hotel just inside the English Border, from where we take a clockwise route through Galloway & Dumfries, up the Ayrshire coast, over the Clyde to the shores of Loch Fyne. The tour continues up the Argyll coastline to a two night stop at a small village close to the Kyle of Lochalsh an ideal location from which to tour the beautiful Isle of Skye.
There should be time to ride the Applecross Peninsula next, with its challenging roads and tremendous views before heading for Ullapool to catch the ferry to Stornoway. Here a second two night stay gives us the opportunity to tour the Outer Hebrides islands of Lewis and Harris before returning to Ullapool for the third and final 2 night stop. From here you can ride the North Coast 500 road to the top of Scotland and for those wish maybe a visit to the famous John O'Groats.
In a change to previous years, we ride more of the NC500 past the famous Loch Ness, before passing through Glencoe into the Trossachs. Our day finishes at a new venue, a 4 star hotel in the heart of a lovely market town.
A scenic cross country route then takes us past the famous Knockhill race circuit and Gleneagles before bypassing Edinburgh to enter the Borders. Our final night is spent at one of our favourite hotels on the edge of the Lake District.
With three 2 night stops and 10 nights in total this is not a quick dash to Scotland and back, but the opportunity to enjoy a leisurely tour which has sensible daily mileages and good quality accommodation. Although classified as an escorted tour, for those that wish, or are new to touring, there is the opportunity to ride with your escorts, Roy and Alison, who are no strangers to Scotland and are happy to guide you each step of the way.
|Tour prices are inclusive of the following|
|* 10 Nights en-suite accommodation|
|* 7 Evening meals (vegetarian option available)|
|* 10 Full regional Breakfasts|
|* Ullapool to Stornoway ferry return|
|* Full use of Hotels' leisure facilities|
|* Routes notes as appropriate - Garmin routes'|
|* Guided day tours|
|* Services of experienced Tour Guides (Roy & Alison|
Gourock to Dunoon ferry
Evening meals as indicated
Your accommodation for this tour will be a mixture of 3, 4 star hotels and a recently renovated guesthouse which has become a favourite with our customers. All the accommodation has been chosen for its position, being bike friendly and receiving good reviews. All rooms are en-suite with the facilities consistent with its grading. You will have full use of the hotels’ leisure facilities, including at several hotels, a swimming pool, so you may wish to bring your swimming gear. Evening meals are included, with the exception of the evening you arrive in Stornoway(due arrival time of ferry) and our stay in the guesthouse which does not have any dining room, but there is an excellent restaurant next door. For 2019 we have secured a new venue for our overnight stop in Perthshire, a 4 star Spa hotel.
NOTE: Itinerary is subject to confirmation of sailing times and vessel type from Calmac ferries which are not yet available.
Saturday 8th June Today, You will get to meet your guides and fellow riders as you make your way to your 4 star hotel just south of the Scottish border. The hotel has a traditional village bar, lovely dining area and great leisure facilities including a 12 metre swimming pool. 4 star hotel, Dinner B&B.
Sunday 9th June (220 miles) Crossing into Scotland, we hastily pass the famous Blacksmiths shop at Gretna Green before passing through the beautiful Galloway & Dumfries countryside to the Ayrshire coast. Here you will get a view of the Isle of Arran as we ride northwards to catch our ferry across the Firth of Clyde. Passing Holy Loch we enter the Argyll Forest and ride alongside Loch Eck before stopping at our hotel on the shores of Loch Fyne. 3 star hotel, Dinner, B&B.
Monday 10th June (180 miles) Another day of wonderful scenery and great roads as we take the beautiful coastal road past Fort William. There's time to pay a visit to the Commando Memorial at Spean Bridge, and pause to admire the famous Eilean Donan Castle - backdrop for a thousand calendars - before arriving at our final destination, a guest house in the lovely village of Plockton. This family run guest house is now a firm favourite with our clients, recently refurbished, all its rooms are en-suite, have flat screen TV's and tea making facilities. As the guesthouse does not have a dining room we usually eat together at one of the local restaurants. Guesthouse, B&B.
Tuesday 11th June (free day) A two night stay here gives you a free day to do what you wish. For many, this will be an ideal opportunity to cross the Skye Road Bridge to tour the Isle of Skye. If you do not fancy wandering far, you can relax and enjoy the village with a climate so mild that Palm trees grow, or perhaps a boat ride to watch the seals. No seals, no charge, what more could you ask. Guesthouse,B&B.
Wednesday 12th June (150 miles) Today we join the North Coast 500 route as it winds its way up the West Coast. If ferry times are to be believed, we will have time to take advantage of the demanding roads and stunning scenery of the Applecross Peninsular. especially the challenging "Bealach na Ba " (the pass of the cattle), which was an old drove road used historically to take cattle to the market and is one of highest roads in Scotland at 626m (2053 feet). The road incorporates a number of hairpin bends and is unsuitable for learner drivers, caravans or those of a nervous disposition. However, the views of Applecross, the Cuillin Hills of Skye and Western Isles are spectacular. Our journey continues to Ullapool, where we board our ferry to Stornoway. On arrival we make our way to our hotel, which will be home for the next 2 nights. 4 star hotel, B&B.
Thursday 13th June (free day) Today there is the opportunity to tour the islands of Lewis and Harris. In the northern part of Lewis are the legendary Callanish Standing Stones, the Blackhouses, Shawbost Norse Mill & Kiln and the Carloway Broch all offer a peek at what island life used to be. You can also ride the Golden Road in Harris which offers stunning scenery and golden beaches. 4 star hotel, Dinner B&B.
Friday 14th June (free day) A further morning to enjoy the Isle of Lewis before catching the ferry back to Ullapool. Your hotel here enjoys an enviable outlook over Loch Broom and is ideal location for tomorrow's tour. 3 star hotel, Dinner B&B.
Saturday 15th June (free day) Today you can ride more of the North Coast 500 as it winds its way northwards to the very top of Scotland. Sutherland probably the most uninhabited region of Britain offers wild but beautiful scenery with its beautiful unspoilt beaches and dramatic mountains such as Ben Hope, the most northerly of the Munros. Visit Smoo Cave a spectacular sea cave set into the limestone cliffs of the north coast, or for those that wish, an early start, makes a ride to the famous John O'Groats possible. 3 star hotel, Dinner B&B.
Sunday 16th June (200 miles) Change of route this year as we follow the NC500 past Loch Ness, before entering the forbidding but iconic Glencoe. Entering the beautiful Trossachs we finish the day in a small Perthshire market town. A 4 star spa hotel with its own pool awaits, just the thing to relax those aches and pains. 4 star hotel, Dinner, B&B.
Monday 17th June (200 miles) Our tour is drawing to an end, but is far from over, as today provides yet even more lovely scenery and great biking roads. Leaving our hotel, we take a cross-country route, before briefly joining the M90 to cross the Firth of Forth on the new road bridge. Bypassing Edinburgh we continue our journey through the Scottish Borders to a final night's stay at 3 star hotel on the edge of the Lake District. The hotel always gives us a warm welcome and offers great accommodation and excellent food. 3 star hotel, Dinner, B&B.
Tuesday 18th June The tour finishes after breakfast, with close connections to the M6 you will be quickly on your way home.
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|Two persons, one bike, shared room||£1095 each|
|One person, one bike, shared room||£1145|
|One person, one bike, own room||£1415|
|Deposit £100 per person||
|Sorry all single occupation rooms have gone - but we can get you on this tour if willing to share.|