Scottish Highlands & Skye
Central Scotland, Scottish Highlands, Isle of Skye.
3 & 4 star Hotels & Quality Guest House
150 - 200 miles per day
Combination of A, B and unfenced roads
Suitable for all competent riders & pillions perhaps touring for the first time
A great tour of Central and Western Scotland including the Isle of Skye.
We have had several customers requesting that we run another tour to Scotland, this we are happy to do, but have decided to change the format a little and use two main bases. This will allow you to unpack and enjoy ride-outs in all directions. We are using tried and tested accommodation that I know you will enjoy. Rooms are limited on this tour, so we encourage you to book early..
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 or take a ride-out over the Applecross Peninsula with its challenging roads and tremendous views.
From here we head eastwards into the Grampian Mountains for a three night stay at a 4 star hotel in the heart of a lovely market town, a perfect base to tour Central Scotland and Fifeshire. Both locations also allow you access to sections on the NC500.
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 a 2 night stop in the West and further 3 nights in the central Highlands you can relax and enjoy a leisurely tour with 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|
|* 8 Nights en-suite accommodation|
|* 6 Evening meals (vegetarian option available)|
|* 8 Full regional Breakfasts|
|* 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 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 spa and swimming pools, so you may wish to bring your swimming gear. Evening meals are included, with the exception of your stay in the guesthouse which does not have any dining room, but there is an excellent restaurant next door.
Saturday 30th May 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 31st May (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 1st June (180 miles) Another day of wonderful scenery and great roads as we take the beautiful coastal road past Oban & 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 a lovely seaside village. 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 2nd 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. Alternatively you can head north to enjoy the ride 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). 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 3rd June (175 miles) We retrace our steps giving us the opportunity to check for Nessy in Loch Ness before riding through the forbidding but iconic Glencoe and Rannoch Moor. 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.
Thursday 4th June - Friday 5th June (free days) With two free days you are spoilt for choice as to which direction you ride. To the north lie the Cairngorms with the popular Tomintoul road and Braemar, the Queens summer residence. To the east lies the more gentler county of Fife, with its lovely coastline, great roads and attractions such as RSS Discovery or perhaps a visit to the 'Secret Bunker'. 4 star hotel, Dinner B&B.
Saturday 6th 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.
Sunday 7th 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|
|One person, one bike, shared room|
|One person, one bike, own room|
|Deposit £100 per person||
|We regret that we are having to cancel this tour due to the present Coronavirus.|
|The tour will be run next year Saturday 19th June – Sunday 26th June 2021.|