16th - 23rd June 2018. Tour Status: Available for booking.
This 8 day tour to the Scottish Highlands follows the renowned NC 500 scenic coastal route which starts and finishes at Inverness and follows the coast of the northern part of Scotland where possible. The NC 500 takes us through the least populated part of Britain with stunning mountain and sea views every day on a variety of roads from small single track to modern highway with long sweeping bends of the type that are perfect for enjoying on your motorcycle.
This tour will start and finish in Perthshire which will allow our customers from Ireland and most of the UK to travel to Scotland in one day before we head for the Highlands. On this tour, in addition to completing the NC 500 route, we will also ride along the three highest roads in Scotland, visit Eilean Donan Castle, stop at the geographical Centre of Scotland, visit John o' Groats, ride the road to Applecross and enjoy many other 'Must See" places in the far north of Scotland.
We will meet during the afternoon or evening of Saturday 16th June 2018 at our first night's hotel which is approximately 30 miles north of the city Perth in Scotland. The tour will finish at the same hotel after breakfast on Saturday 23rd June 2018. This allows 6 full days to complete the NC500 as well as see a few other places along the way.
Perfect biking roads - Grampian Mountains
On Sunday we travel through the Grampian Mountains to Inverness and the official start of the NC500, on the way we will visit the geographical centre of Scotland. From Inverness we travel through Ross & Cromarty with the fertile farmland of the east gradually giving way to moor and mountain as we reach the west coast and our next hotel which is a few miles off the NC 500 route but will allow us to visit Eilean Donan Castle.
On Monday our route will take us over the famous Pass of the Cattle to the remote village of Applecross. On a clear day the views from the top of the pass across to Skye are fantastic. From Applecross we travel to the pretty fishing and ferry port of Ullapool nestling on the shores of Loch Broom where we will stop for two nights.
There are a number of options for you on Tuesday. There will be a day long ride-out to some of the very remote areas of West Sutherland which the official NC 500 route bypasses, the mountainous landscape here is so very different to the rest of Scotland and some of the best views are from the remotest areas. For those of you who wish to have an easy day off the bikes Ullapool offers the opportunity to chill out along the waterfront and watch the boats coming and going as the place goes about it's business. There are also a couple of companies offering wildlife RIB and boat trips out of Ullapool to watch seals and seabirds as well as to the nearby Summer Isles.
On Wednesday we continue north from Ullapool, heading into the remote and sparsely populated county of Sutherland. We will ride through spectacular mountain and coastal scenery to Lochinver then on past Scourie to Durness and the north coast of Scotland with it's craggy headlands and beautiful white beaches and to our next hotel which is right on the north coast. It's almost Midsummer's Day and as we will be so far north it won't really get dark, the perfect place to look out over the North Atlantic Ocean and see the glimmer that passes for night time in the far north of Scotland.
On Thursday we continue to ride east to the county of Caithness and the most northerly point of the British mainland at Dunnet Head before arriving at John O' Groats. We'll stop here for lunch and maybe the opportunity to get a photo of you and your bike beside the famous signpost. The afternoon will have us turning south and back into Sutherland and our next hotel, a former coaching Inn.
Friday is the last full day of the tour. We continue south to Inverness to complete our circuit of the NC500. From Inverness we will take you away from the busy trunk road to the south, instead riding along some great biking roads to Grantown on Spey where we will stop for lunch. During the afternoon we will ride through the Cairngorm Mountains, along the two highest roads in Scotland, towards our last nights hotel which is about 30 miles north of Perth.
This tour starts and finishes in Scotland at the same hotel which is located approximately 30 miles north of Perth and close to the A9 trunk road. The A9 allows easy access to Glasgow and Edinburgh and the GB motorway network. The ferry ports for Northern Ireland are 3 to 4 hours ride away and the English Midlands are easily within a days ride.
We will meet during the afternoon or evening, (depending on your journey time to the hotel), of Saturday 16th June 2018. The tour will finish after breakfast on Saturday 23rd June 2018 when you will leave to make your own way home.
The cost of the tour includes seven nights hotel
accommodation with full Scottish breakfast, safe parking at the hotels for the
bikes, daily itinerary for each day of the tour and the services of an experienced tour manager with extensive local knowledge of the area.
£595 per person sharing or £710 per person single occupancy
This tour is suitable for those who have some touring experience due to the distance and duration of the tour. We will be covering over 1,000 miles during the course of the tour and staying in a number of different hotels of varying types.
refundable deposit of £50 per person along with a completed booking form
will secure your place on this tour. The balance of payment will need
to be paid at least one month before the tour takes place. Please read
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