Scotland

Scotland is a great destination for motorcycle touring. The scenery, roads, and landscape, particularly in the northwest are certainly a match for anything to be found in mainland Europe.

For those based in the north of England all this is certainly within easy reach of a days riding and doesn't involve the mental barrier of crossing the channel and all that entails. No tickets or passports just get on the bike and ride!

My preferred route into northwest Scotland is always through Dumfries and Ayrshire, then up the west coast crossing the Firth of Clyde via the Gourock to Dunoon ferry. Not only does this avoid the motorway and Glasgow, but once over the Clyde the route north past Loch Eck provides some fantastic riding on relatively quite roads and you instantly feel
your tour has now really begun.
More Scotland info HERE

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Dalwhinnie
Tigger 1 outside the Dalwhinnie Distillery

Scotland 2004 Tour

The plan was to take off and head up the west coast, tour the Highlands of Scotland, pop across the north coast to John O Groats, and return south using a more central route via Loch Ness, Trossachs, Lanark, Kielder, and finally the Lakes. The routes, spread over five days, generally avoid motorways and dual carriageways and makes use of single tracks and B roads whenever possible. The total distance is approx one thousand, five hundred miles.

Rather than conventional maps I used satellite navigation for the first time, which via earphones mounted inside my helmet, provides turn-by-turn instructions from the “nice lady” within the GPS unit mounted on the handlebars. The route had been carefully pre-planned on computer with help and advice from previous tourers I’d contacted via the internet. I planned detailed routes for each day, together with several alternatives to allow for available time and weather conditions. These were downloaded into the GPS unit awaiting a departure date. I planned where I would stay each night and selected B&B hotels, again via the Internet.

With all this done, I was really impatient to get the tour under way. I’d decided at the outset the one major factor to make this a memorable trip would be fine weather- something Scotland isn’t renowned for. Not just to ensure good riding conditions but I wanted to take lots and lots of photos, and I was therefore prepared to leave any day of the week at short notice to achieve this. Finally the forecast was right and here's the result.

Download> Tour-route.gdb | schedule.xls | Link to Tour Photos

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Scotland 2007 Tour

In the dash for the Highlands it's easy to overlook areas like Argyle & Bute which have much to offer and are closer to home.

So this tour was based around a short break staying at Inverary on Loch Fyne. The route north included Bute via the Wemyss Rothesay ferry providing a more interesting route to Inverary.

Ride-out routes include a circuit of the Isle of Mull using the ferry from Oban, rejoining the mainland at Lochaline before heading back south via Glencoe. Also a trip down the Kintyre peninsula to Campbelltown and the Mull of Kintrye where Ireland is just 15 miles across the sea.

Download> Tour-route.gdb

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Heading down into Ullapool

Scotland 2008 Tour

This route was planned by my friend Richard as a 5 day tour of Scotland. Unfortunately it ended prematurely when his Tiger left the road on an unplanned excursion. Richard was unhurt but returned home with his damaged bike leaving me with a couple of days to kill solo. The route included Glencoe and Isle of Skye which we had completed prior to the accident happening just south of Ullapool. It's a great route and maybe we'll return for a re-run sometime soon.

Download> Tour-route.gdb


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