Scotland Central Scottish fixed base luxury 9 day motorcycle tour

Scotland Central Grand Hotel 9 day Luxury Motorcycle Tour

Dunblane (regional), Scotland
Doubletrees by Hilton Dunblane Hydro Hotel - Exclusive ensuite Double/Twin room

This 9 day, 8 night with 7 days riding holiday is ideally suited for riders with non-biking partners who wish to take advantage of this Central Scottish hotel whilst the rider is on tour enjoying brilliant roads and scenery covering circa 200 miles or about 6 hours in the saddle each day.

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Routine

Each day of this Scottish tour we shall head off on a different circuit covering circa 200 miles or about 6 hours in the saddle. We depart immediately after Breakfast and will be on the road by 9:30. Breaks are taken about every hour and a half for tea, coffee or lunch and so we should arrive back around 18:00 in time to freshen up before Dinner.

This tour covers seven days riding with accommodation provided for eight nights. Riders and their guests will arrive during the Saturday to check in and enjoy dinner. Your first ride will commence on Sunday Morning and will ride each day from Sunday through to the following Saturday. Accommodation will therefore ending on a Sunday after breakfast.

All riders unfamiliar with the UK Highway code should refer to this site prior to taking their trip direct.gov.uk

The following routes will be subject to change on the day of departure as we will review our routes based upon the latest traffic and weather information available.

Dunblane Hydro - Scottish Motorcycle Tour Accommodation.

We select only quality hotels with full leisure facilities close to main transport links. The location must facilitate a range of interesting tours covering different roads to ensure the region can be fully explored with ease.

We are delighted to announce that the location for our Scottish Tours accommodation provider the Doubletree by Hilton Dunblane Hydro. This majestic Victorian hotel is set within 10 acres of private landscaped grounds offering breath-taking views of Perthshire, the Trossachs and Campsie Fells. The hotel has recently completed a major refurbishment programme and has joined the Doubletree by Hilton brand.

Nairn has been a regular chef on TV ever since he became the youngest chef to win a Michelin star in Scotland. You will dine in the Kailyard by Nick Nairn Restaurant which upholds the Dunblane Hydro's philosophy of food, with hearty yet sophisticated dishes, created with passion and served with unparalleled attention to detail in a stylish, welcoming environment.

 All rooms provided will have tea and coffee making facilities and shall be double or twin with ensuite facilities where you can relax on the comfortable bed and watch on-demand movies on the large TV. Some rooms boast spectacular views of the Perthshire countryside and others overlook the hotels well maintained gardens.

 In addition to offering the quality of accommodation we seek the hotel also provides an excellent Health and Fitness Studio and 17 meter indoor Swimming Pool.

At breakfast you can indulge in a traditional full Scottish breakfast with bacon, eggs, potato scones etc., together with cereal, fruit juice, tea, coffee, toast and the like. In the evening the Kailyard restaurant will serve an excellent dinner with delicious dishes incorporating fresh, seasonal ingredients. You can later enjoy a drink and unwind in one of the hotels stylish bars.

Dunblane's Central Scotland location is ideal for touring North into the Grampian and the Highland, East to Fife and Tayside, West to the Trossachs and Argyle, and South to Lothian, the Borders, Lanarkshire and Ayrshire areas. All these sectors of Scotland are well within a 200 mile round trip. Non biking partners will find excellent transport links to take them to a range of interesting local visitor attractions and towns.

Places to visit include: The Trossachs (Callander, Aberfoyle etc.), Stirling Castle, Stirling Old Town Jail, Bannockburn Heritage Centre which commemorates Robert the Bruce's victory at The Battle of Bannockburn in 1314, Wallace Monument which towers a hill on the north of Stirling overlooking the scene of Scotland's victory at The Battle of Stirling Bridge, Smith Gallery, which holds one of the most important collections in Scotland, Blair Drummond Safari & Adventure Park to name but a few.

Outdoor activities include water sports; canoeing, sailing, fishing. Hill walking of pony trecking and many more.

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Dunblane Sightseeing

On arrival you will settle into your room and enjoy the hotels leisure facilities. When the entire tour party have arrived we will arrange a gathering so that you can meet one and other. You will continue to learn about your fellow riders at dinner where you may have the opportunity to meet a group at the end of their tour. This provides an opportunity to familiarise yourselves whilst sharing stories and experiences.

A thumbnail of the DoubleTree by Hilton Dunblane HydroIf we have not done so in advance we also try to gather information of what you want to gain from the tour. Some have particular sights they wish to see, other scenic areas they want to pass through and some want to improve their riding. Whatever you want we shall try to accommodate during your stay. Some of the tours we operate from Dunblane are fixed base tour so non riding family members who have accompanied riders shall also be advised of what there is to see that is easily reachable from the hotel.

After dinner the new group will be given a briefing as to the plan for riding especially because some have come from foreign lands where they ride on the opposite side of the road. They will be introduced to their machines although it is unlikely that any riding will take place at that time. Riders can have one to one sessions with our tour guides to explain what they hope to achieve from the tour and we shall do our utmost to incorporate any requests into the planned activity for week ahead. Riders who feel they are lacking in skill might find this session beneficial to identify areas of weakness that we shall strive to rectify before the tour ends.. Our Tour Guides are all certified advanced riders willing to pass on knowledge and advice if requested.

During your stay we shall cover many parts of Scotland from the Borders to the Highlands. Along the way we shall visit many famous town and cities together with beauty spots. Although we try to avoid congested roads we accept that some of our visitors might want to visit the Royal connections in Edinburgh such as the Palace of Holyrood, Edinburgh Castle and the Yacht Britannia we would suggest that venues such as Linlithgow Palace, Stirling Castle and Scone Palace will be easier to access and provide an interesting short stop.

Some of our tours include short stops at places of industrial interest such as New Lanark, the Falkirk Wheel, Summerlee museum or steam railways at Bo'ness & Kinneal and used in Outlander, Strathspey and the Fort William to Mallaig line may be familiar as they have been used in Harry Potter films.

Buildings of architectural importance such as country estates always make an interesting stop and where there is interest within a group we shall try to incorporate such stops in the planned tours.

Scotland's weather can be unpredictable and although we are happy to take riders on tour come rain hail or shine we accept that this is not for everyone and so we have a range of shorter day trips available which will stop off at main tourist attractions a number of which are indoors so that there is always something to do no matter what the weather throws at us!

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Dunblane, Anstruther, Montrose, Blairgowrie (210 miles)

This will head East leading through the Campsie towns of Alva, Tillicoultry and Dollar then onwards to Kinross and Coupar before stopping for Morning Coffee at the largest of the village in the East Neuk, Anstruther, famed for its harbour and Scottish Fisheries Museum (circa 60 miles).

Then we head North following the coast through the world renowned home of golf, St Andrews, over the Tay Bridge to Dundee and on up the coast through Carnoustie and Arbroath to arrive at the quaint seaside town of Montrose where we stop for Lunch (circa 60 miles).

We now take a Westerly route through Brechin and Kirriemuir to arrive at Blairgowrie in time for Afternoon Tea (circa 40 miles).

The final leg heads south through Crieff to bring us back to Dunblane in time for Dinner (circa 50 miles) bringing your total journey for today to around 210 miles

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Dunblane, Braemar, Aviemore, Aberfeldy (circa 245 miles)

This is one of our longer journeys and so we begin with a quick burn Northwards up the A9 to Perth before joining more interesting roads including passing Scone Palace, where ancient Kings of Scotland were crowned, the worlds Highest Hedge at Meikleour, and on to Braemar in the heart of Royal Deeside and the home of the Highland Games where we stop for a Coffee Break (circa 75 miles).

We then continue our journey circling the Cairngorms including crossing the Cock Bridge to Tomintoul road which is regularly mentioned in traffic news items when snow falls before arriving at Aviemore where we stop for Lunch (circa 60 miles). These roads are twisty and challenging at times but expose some truly breathtaking scenery which all helps make the trip more rewarding.

We will follow the B roads such as the B970 but use the A9 occasionally to effect faster progress as this is a longer than typical journey. We deviate off the A9 shortly after Pitlochry to arrive at Aberfeldy for Afternoon Tea (circa 70 miles).

Continuing our journey south will return us to Dunblane (circa 40 miles) making our total journey for the day about 245 miles which although longer should still only involve about six hours in the saddle due to using main roads at times during the circuit.

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Dunblane, Arochar, Oban, Tyndrum (circa 211 miles)

This circuit crosses West from Stirling to Alexandria following the path of yet another old military road before heading North along the west bank of Loch Lomond and onwards to Arrochar where we take our morning Coffee Break (circa 50 miles).

We continue West around the Argyle Forest Park passing "The Cobbler" up to "the rest and be thankful" and onward through Inverary before turning North again for Dalmally then Westwards to Connel where we break for Lunch (circa 55 miles).

Heading North to Ballachulish before starting our return East we next stop at Tyndrum a favourite bikes watering hole for Afternoon Tea (circa 60 miles)

Passing through Crainlarach, Lochearnhead and Callander we arrive back in Dunblane (circa 46 miles) bringing our total for today to about 211 miles.

In the evening we have arranged Regis Whisky Mad to give all present an education into the various Scotch Whisky's and a wee Whisky

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Dunblane, Killin, Linlithgow (circa 195 miles)

At the mid tour stage we recognise that some might only wish a half day tour and so we schedule our journey to return to Dunblane for Lunch trying to covered about 100 miles in stage one before heading off for stage two a second 100 mile trip. Each of these legs affords the chance to explore the immediate area in greater detail.

Part one heads West through Doune and onwards to Aberfoyle then crosses the Dukes Pass to join the A84 just west of Callander. We continue along the A84 taking the exit for Killin were we take a Coffee Break (circa 50 miles).

We continue along the North Shore of Loch Tay to Kenmore before heading South to Crieff and back to Dunblane for Lunch (circa 55 miles)

Part two takes gives two choices; the first is to continue bike touring and the second leaves the bike behind whilst you go off on a whisky distillery tour.

The Whisky tour is arranged by Regis who gave the previous evenings talk and is subject to availability and charges.

Those continuing by bike along the banks of the River Forth heading East towards Dunfermilne crossing the Forth Bridge and returning along the southern bank of the Forth stopping at Linlithgow for afternoon Tea (circa 45 miles) before heading back to Dunblane via Slamannan (circa 45 miles) a total of 195 miles for the day

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Route Variation

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

Motorcycles available for hire on this tour

All motorcycles are obtained directly from local mainstream dealers. We do not have exclusive access to these motorbikes and so availability must be confirmed. Prices and terms are set by the dealers who supply the machines.

  • BMW F700GS Rent BMW F700GS

    • Restrictions: Minimum age 25, minimum experience 1 year, Excess £1500
    • Weekly Hire: Pound £560
  • BMW F800GT Rent BMW F800GT

    • Successor to the ST
    • Restrictions: Minimum age 25, minimum experience 1 year, Excess £1500
    • Weekly Hire: Pound £595
  • BMW F800R Rent BMW F800R

    • From the 'Roadster' range, the F 800 R is an extremely capable motorcycle and makes an excellent touring bike.
    • Restrictions: Minimum age 25, minimum experience 1 year, Excess £1500
    • Weekly Hire: Pound £560
  • BMW K1600GT Rent BMW K1600GT

    • The first six cylinder BMW motorcycle and winner of multiple motorcycling awards.
    • Restrictions: Minimum age 25, minimum experience 1 year, Excess £2000
    • Weekly Hire: Pound £1,050
  • BMW R1200GS Rent BMW R1200GS

    • There is no better Enduro bike. BMW created this class with the R 80 GS over 30 years ago and it's gone from strength to strength ever since.
    • Restrictions: Minimum age 25, minimum experience 1 year, Excess £1500
    • Weekly Hire: Pound £990
  • BMW R1200RS Rent BMW R1200RS

    • When fitted with panniers this makes a great touring bike and is a classic 'roadster' version of the iconic BMW boxer engine.
    • Restrictions: Minimum age 25, minimum experience 1 year, Excess £1500
    • Weekly Hire: Pound £990
  • BMW R1200RT Rent BMW R1200RT

    • The most accomplished touring motorcycle for many years and it remains the bike of choice for long distance touring.
    • Restrictions: Minimum age 25, minimum experience 1 year, Excess £1800
    • Weekly Hire: Pound £1,050
  • Harley-Davidson Dyna Switchback Rent Harley-Davidson Dyna Switchback

    • Restrictions: Minimum age 25, minimum experience 2 years, Excess €2000
    • Weekly Hire: Pound £735
  • Harley-Davidson Road King Rent Harley-Davidson Road King

    • It may look like it's just cruised straight out of the 1950's with its whitewall tyres, classic-styled saddlebags and ‘boulevard looks' but don't be deceived. This Classic tourer has all the 2014 advancements brought in across the Harley Touring range. They have streamlined the front fender to show off more wheel, the controls have been completely redesigned and better laid out making them easier to reach and read. The new high output Twin Cam 103 engine gives higher mid-range power and the ABS, electronically linked brakes provide powerful and safe braking.
    • Restrictions: Minimum age 25, minimum experience 2 years, Excess €2000
    • Weekly Hire: Pound £735
  • Harley-Davidson Sportster XL1200 Custom Rent Harley-Davidson Sportster XL1200 Custom

    • The original Sportster goes large. Around its 1200cc Evolution™ engine (amongst its many iconic features) it sports a fat front tyre on a steel laced wheel, a wider flatter custom tank, two-tone paint and a two-up classic seat.
    • Restrictions: Minimum age 25, minimum experience 1 year, Excess £500
    • Weekly Hire: Pound £735
  • Honda CBF1000FA ABS Rent Honda CBF1000FA ABS

    • Restrictions: Minimum age 25, Excess £500
    • Weekly Hire: Pound £535
  • Honda CBR600F ABS Rent Honda CBR600F ABS

    • Restrictions: Minimum age 25, Excess £500
    • Weekly Hire: Pound £475
  • Honda CBR600F ABS Rent Honda CBR600F ABS

    • Restrictions: Minimum age 25, Excess £500
    • Weekly Hire: Pound £475
  • Honda Crossrunner 800 ABS Rent Honda Crossrunner 800 ABS

    • Restrictions: Minimum age 25, Excess £500
    • Weekly Hire: Pound £475
  • Honda NC700X ABS Rent Honda NC700X ABS

    • Restrictions: Minimum age 21, Excess £350
    • Weekly Hire: Pound £330
  • Honda NT700VA Deauville ABS Rent Honda NT700VA Deauville ABS

    • Restrictions: Minimum age 25, Excess £500
    • Weekly Hire: Pound £535
  • Honda VFR1200 Rent Honda VFR1200

    • Restrictions: Minimum age 30, minimum experience 5 years, Excess £700
    • Weekly Hire: Pound £595
  • Suzuki Bandit Rent Suzuki Bandit

    • The GSX1250FA is one of the most impressive sports-tourers available and beneath its fully faired, sporty exterior there beats the heart of a machine that delivers power right through the rev-range. This bike is a picture of comfort for cross-continent touring, but it also has an abundance of torque and superb handling capabilities to give an addictive riding sensation whether you are heading across the channel or down the twisty back-roads closer to home. The Suzuki GSX1250FA is a lot of motorcycle for the money and put very simply, the best value sports tourer on the market.
    • Restrictions: Minimum age 25, minimum experience 3 years, Excess £500
    • Weekly Hire: Pound £885
  • Suzuki Intruder 1500 Rent Suzuki Intruder 1500

    • A timelessly styled cruiser that will make you want to take the long way home, every time. The muscular and classic look of the machine is enhanced by a modern feel that moves the cruiser market into a whole new dimension.
    • Restrictions: Minimum age 25, minimum experience 3 years, Excess £500
    • Weekly Hire: Pound £920
  • Suzuki Intruder 1800 Rent Suzuki Intruder 1800

    • The Intruder M18000RZ is a real head-turning and eye-catching machine. It’s a gorgeously styled cruiser with stunning performance to match. Chrome, chrome and more chrome add to the appeal of this fantastically sculptured and imposing prowler of the cruiser world.
    • Restrictions: Minimum age 25, minimum experience 3 years, Excess £500
    • Weekly Hire: Pound £990
  • Suzuki Intruder 800 Rent Suzuki Intruder 800

    • Suzuki’s middleweight M-series cruiser has all the qualities to appeal to the UK rider. It has a relaxing easy ride, with plenty of performance, comfort and power to make sure the rider has a totally involved experience.
    • Restrictions: Minimum age 25, minimum experience 3 years, Excess £500
    • Weekly Hire: Pound £780
  • Suzuki V-strom Rent Suzuki V-strom

    • Restrictions: Minimum age 25, minimum experience 3 years, Excess £500
    • Weekly Hire: Pound £815

Further details

Parties interested in this tour should get in touch now to intimate interest via our Enquiries Form or email hi@mctours.eu or phone +44(0)141 416 0230