• View South from the Quiraing Isle of Skye Scotland, Isle of Skye, The Quiraing
    View South from the Quiraing Isle of Skye
  • View from the Skye Museum of Island Life Skye Museum of Island Life
    View from the Skye Museum of Island Life
  • The Bruce Fountain at East Port Scotland, Fife, Falkland
    The Bruce Fountain at East Port
  • Eilean Donan Castle Dornie by Kyle of Lochalsh Scotland, Dornie, Eilean Donan Castle
    Eilean Donan Castle Dornie by Kyle of Lochalsh
  • Historic house and 4 Star Hotel Scotland, Carberry Tower Hotel
    Historic house and 4 Star Hotel

Scottish Circuit - A Guided Motorcycle Tour

Glasgow, Scotland

3-5 star rated hotels, dinner bed and breakfast

With the passing of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II many will have seen some of the glorious scenery that Scotland offers as her coffin was moved from Balmoral to Holyrood. This tour will endeavour to highlight the differing landscapes that Scotland offers from the soft rolling hills to the south and east of the country to the rugged mountains and coastline on the west coast. Each day of this tour will present a different flavour of Scotland.
On this guided tour you will ride some of the best motorcycle routes starting from Glasgow
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Explore Scotland's wild and beautiful scenery on two wheels on this easy going relaxed ride. This tour also offers an oportunity to sit a day out if you don't want to ride every day. It is a variation of a Highland adventure road trip that we first offered in 2003 so it seems fitting to represent it again for 2023.

Some aspects of this tour and hotels have been altered to embrace parts of the route Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II's coffin passed through in 2022 as it was transported from Balmoral to Holyrood.

This motorcycle journey explores some great Scottish roads and visits castles, scenic locations, lochs and mountains to offer a taste of what the Scotland has to offer.

Look at this itinerary and discover some of the most interesting motorcycle routes in scotland

Glasgow Sightseeing

Glasgow City Chambers looking east across George Square to Glasgow City Chambers Your accommodation in one of Glasgow's city centre best quality 4* hotels. As clients will arrive at various time of day and this is intended to offer rest for those who have travelled long distances and gives others a chance to do some sightseeing in Glasgow.

There is much to see and do in Glasgow. For those wanting somewhere free and indoors we have the Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum other museums and art galleries include The Riverside Musuem of Transport and Travel, The Burrell Collection, The House for an Art Lover, Huntarian Art Gallery, Centre for Contemporary Arts, Gallery of Modern Arts, Glasgow Science Centre, The Peoples Palace and Winter Garden, The Botanic Gardens and Kibble Palace, Scotland Street Museum, The Police Museum, The Tenement House and many more. The city has a plethora of historic buildings and if you simply want to perambulate the streets and look up and down you will find no shortage of interesting architecture. Glasgow means 'dear green place' and hosts many large and interesting parks. If you want entertainment you will find live entertainment in many of the city's bars, concert hall and theatres. If you are into sports there are many stadia and arenas. The city also has places of worship for all religions so there are cathedrals, churches, synagogues, mosques etc. In short you will find little difficulty finding something to do in Glasgow.

 

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Peebles, Kelso, Carberry ~ 150 miles ~ 4 hours riding

New Lanark 18th c Cotton Mill The first days riding of this tour begins with a fairly relaxed ride through lowland countryside but first takes the motorway to escape Glasgow then joins country roads passing through the Clyde Valley to Lanark where we take our first stop at the New Lanark Visitor Attraction, a restored 18th century cotton mill and workers village on the banks of the River Clyde. The mill exploration can take a few hours.

An alternative visit could take us to Dumfries House an 18th c. by the Adam brothers in the Palladian style and set in 2000 acres and Part Of The Prince's Foundation. The house holds one of the largest collections of Chippendale furniture and the estate is home to numerous arts and crafts workshops. Like New Lanark this will take time to view but either way the route will continue east to Peebles where we break for lunch.

After lunch we continue further east through Melrose to Kelso taking a few short breaks along the way for photographs such as the Eildon Hills where the triple peaks are a distinctive landmark in the Scottish Borders and the abbey ruins in each town, Melrose dating back to 1136 and is the burial ground of several Scottish kings including the location of the heart of Robert the Bruce. Kelso is of similar age dating from 1128 though largely destroyed under the orders of Henry VIII in 1540. We shall take a short refreshment break her then head north through Duns to the Royal Burgh of Haddington a picturesque market town before deviating course to the west to end the day at Carberry Tower the former home of Lord Elphinstone. The 16th Lord Elphinstone, married Lady Mary Bowes-Lyon, sister of Queen Elizabeth, the Mother of Queen Elizabeth II. Today Carberry is a Hotel and if you are fortunate you may be allocated one of the bedrooms where the princesses Elizabeth or Margaret slept when staying at Carberry.

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Forth Bridges, St Andrews, Glamis, Ballater ~ 160 miles ~ 4.5 hours riding

Glamis Castle We depart Carberry and will either circumnavigate Edinburgh or go via the Royal Yacht Britannia (depending on the interests of the group) before we make our way to the Forth bridges. The iconinc Forth Rail Bridge from 1890, the 1964 Forth Road Bridge will both be seen from the Queensferry Crossing that we will take. It was opened most recently in 2017.

As we cross into Fife we begin with a coastal route to Aberdour before passing through the Fife countryside to take a short refreshment break at Falkland where some might want to visit the Palace.

We next make our way to another ancient religious settlement and the site of Scotlands oldest University, St Andrews, better known as the birth place of golf where I'm sure some will want to stop to take pictures, then we move onwards to cross the River Tay and break for lunch just north of Dundee at Glamis Castle the childhood home of the late HM Queen Elizabeth, The Queen Mother, where we break for lunch.

After lunch we cross Glenshee to Braemar then pass the Royal residence of Balmoral to end the day at Ballater.

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Dufftown, Nairn, Brora ~ 170 miles ~ 4 hours riding

Glenlivet Leaving Deeside we head into Speyside, those who appreciate Scotch Whisky will see many familiar names as we pass through the likes of Glenlivet and Glenfiddich around Dufftown as we snake our way around the eastern side of the Cairngorm National Park. We shall stop for morning coffee in Dufftown where some might want to go for a stroll to visit the Whisky and Heritage Centre or the local purveyors of our national drink.

Our route progresses through soft rolling hills and moors to Nairn where we break for lunch. Those more interested in history may prefer we visit nearby Fort George or the Culloden battlefield site.

Our final leg of this day will take us north bypassing Inverness and over the Beauly and Cromarty Firth's to end they day at Brora.

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Dunrobin Castle, Lochinver, Ullapool, Strathpeffer ~ 200 miles ~ 6 hours riding

Lochinver with Suilven behind We begin by heading a short ride south to visit Dunrobin Castle, the stately home of the Earl of Sutherland, with turrets more reminiscent of a French chateau than a Scottish Castle. This style was the work of Sir Charles Barry between 1835 and 1850 and following a fire was largely restored by Sir Robert Lorimer. We take a tour of the castle before continuing with our ride. Anyone who prefers a rest day could head back to the hotel after visiting Dunrobin Castle.

The scenery will change dramatically as we make the relatively short journey across Scotland from Dunrobin on the East coast to Lochinver on the West. We shall take a stop at Altnacealgach, a pretty spot overlooking Loch Borralan, for an early lunch. 

Lochinver remains an important fishing port en-route we shall pass the steep sided Suilven and other mountains that help emphasise the stark contrast between east and west.

The coastal route we take will bring views across the Summer Isles as we make our way to Ullapool then back to the east to the spa town of Strathpeffer and to see the Mermaid of the north and the pretty fishing village Portmahomack then after a short stop for photos we make our way back to the hotel in Brora. 

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Beauly, Drumnadrochit, Eilean Donan Castle, Skye ~ 200 miles ~ 5 hours riding

Group of Riders with Loch Duich in the background We depart Brora heading south to Beauly and onwards to Drumnadrochit where we join the eastern shore of Loch Ness and break for morning coffee. We then traverse the eastern shore of Loch Ness for about 10 miles before deviating to the west and on our way towards the Isle of Skye we stop at Eilean Donan Castle which is probably among the most recognised Scottish castles. A fortress was first established on this tiny island as long ago as the 6th century but the castle we se today was created from ruins between 1911 and 1932 and recreates what stood on the site around 1719 when it was destroyed during the Jacobite uprising. The castle has a good café and so we break here for lunch.

Next we cross to the Isle of Skye, Scotlands largest island, and make our way up the coastline with views over to the islands of Scalpay and Raasay as we make our way to our next stop at Portree, the islands capital, its largest town and also voted one of the most beautiful villages in the UK.

Our final leg continues up the coast to The Storr, a rather distinctive rocky hill and Kilt Rock, a 90 meter tall cliff whose structure resembles a pleated kilt as make our way to the Skye Museum of Island Life at Kilmuir. This cluster of thatched cottages offers an insight of the living conditions of crofters on the island around the 19th century. We end the day at a hotel in Uig.

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Dunvegan, Mallaig, Ft William, Oban ~ 175 miles ~ 5 hours riding

Oban with MCaigs Tower in the background Today we begin our return journey first heading to Dunvegan Castle the home of the MacLeod Clan chief. After the visit we continue south to Sligachan and onwards to Armadale where we take a ferry back to the mainland port of Mallaig.

From Mallaig we head east towards Fort William where you may catch a glimpse of the steam trains that operate along the line here which are particularly impressive as they cross the Glenfinnan Viaduct. We shall stop at the Glenfinnan Visitor Centre where you can learn more about the Jacobite uprising or simply enjoy a light refreshment and the views of the viaduct and monument.

Our next stop is just before Ft William at Neptune’s Staircase, the work of Thomas Telford, an impressive rise of 8 locks at the southern end of the Caledonian Canal. Built between 1802 and 1833 it is the longest canal staircase in the British Isles. We then progress to Ft William where Britain’s tallest mountain, Ben Nevis, is in the backdrop.

Our final part of this route takes us south to Oban where we end the day at a hotel overlooking the bay and out to the island of Kerrera and further away Mull and behind the hotel McCaigs tower, modelled on the roman Colosseum the folly was erected between 1897 and 1902 to provide work for local stonemasons.

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Seil, Crinan, Inveraray, Luss, Glasgow ~145 miles ~ 4 hours riding

Inveraray Castle We complete our return journey to Glasgow by first visiting the Isle of Seil. This takes us across the "Bridge over the Atlantic" and onwards to Easdale which was once the centre of slate production in Scotland. The Island of Easdale is the smallest inhabited Island within the inner Hebrides. We don’t plan to cross just stop for some pictures and then we get on our way again.

From Easdale we retrace our steps a bit then turn south to Dunadd Fort, the iron age capital of Dal Riata one of the Kingdoms of Scotland. Parts of Scotland united in 843AD and Dal Riata / Strathclyde was conquered in the 11th century.

We take our next stop and a refreshment break at Crinan where the Crinan Canal joins the Atlantic Ocean. The canal has operated since 1801 and connects Ardrishaig on Loch Gilp with the Sound of Jura to afford shorter navigation between the Clyde and the Inner Hebrides. After coffee we follow the canal to Ardrishaig then turn north to Inveraray. In 1747 William Adam drew up plans for a model town. The work was carried out by John Adam and later Robert Mylne to create the town we see today. We stop here for lunch and for those who want to take a tour of the castle or visit the jail (it's a tourist attraction, honest!).

We make our way around Loch Fyne, Scotlands longest loch, then cross the "rest and be thankful" to Arrochar and onward to Loch Lomond making a stop at another model village, Luss. There has been a settlement here for centuries because it is known the Christianity reached Luss in the 6th century. The current conservation village largely dates from mid 19th century. We take a brief stop here before completing our journey and the tour back in Glasgow. Hired bikes  are returned and you retire to the hotel where you started the tour for dinner, bed and breakfast. The following day you continue your travels or head home.

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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.

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