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Scottish Highlands self guided motorcycle holiday

Scottish Highlands self-guided motorcycle-tour. Loch, castle and two whisky barrels.

Our Scottish Highlands self-guided motorcycle-tour is designed to acquaint or perhaps even re-acquaint you with the beauty of this beautiful part of the British Isles. It might only be a little bit more than a day’s ride, as the crow flies, from central London. But arriving in Scotland feels like reaching the edge of the world. This stunning, one of the most northern corners of one of the most northern countries in Europe, is a place steeped in history, tradition, and rural charm. Scotland is also a place of genuine hospitality, welcoming people, unspoiled nature, and fantastic biking roads. 

You’ll spend this enjoyable holiday meandering through panoramic landscapes taking in the breathtaking scenery of lochs, highlands and islands. Your route on this fantastic Scottish Highlands self-guided motorcycle-tour will take you along the ancient highways and byways, passing through rolling highland mountains patched with thick forests and heather. You’ll also visit old market towns, fishing villages, famous Scottish castles, whisky distilleries, national parks, and tourist attractions. These include Eilean Donan Castle, Dunvegan Castle and Gardens, Portree, Old Man of Storr, John o’ Groats, Balmoral Castle, Dalwhinnie Whisky Distillery, Rannoch Moor and Cairngorms National Park.

Your five host hotels at each destination are designed, decorated and furnished in a traditional highland style with cosy rooms and a welcoming atmosphere. After working up your appetites with great rides each day, you’ll return to your hotels to reflect on daily events over delicious evening meals and perhaps a dram or two of whisky.

Glencoe Valley is the perfect starting point for this fantastic self guided motorcycle tour. With more history, culture, natural beauty and great biking roads than really seem fair, it’s easy to see why the British bikers would prefer to keep this wonderful place their little secret if they could. From your base hotel, you’ll be able to explore this stunning region of rugged mountain peaks, deep valleys, peaty brown rivers, vast lochs and plummeting waterfalls. The scenery along the way is truly magnificent whether you’re looking for a fun ride or wish to explore some of the most iconic locations. Either way, Glencoe showcases the Scottish Highlands in all its splendour.

Next, you’ll continue your Scottish Highlands self-guided motorcycle-tour by riding some fantastic biking roads and moving on to one of Scotland’s most captivating islands. Journeying to Scotland’s west coast and arriving at the Isle of Sky may feel like coming somewhere where there is nothing beyond. While enjoying the warm island hospitality, you’ll explore some of the most spectacular coastal landscapes of this beautiful part of this beautiful country. Not often and perhaps nowhere else will you find such a blend of unspoilt nature, jaw-dropping Jurassic scenery, endless seascapes, tranquil white beaches and a wealth of arts, crafts, Gaelic language and Celtic culture.

From the Isle of Sky, following the legendary biking road – NC500, you’ll head towards Ullapool, your next destination.  This picturesque fishing town is nestled on the shores of Lochbroom, making it the perfect base for the next two nights. While here, you’ll have an opportunity to take advantage of some of the wildlife boat cruises available. If you are fortunate with the weather, you’ll take in the sites of some of Scotland’s most natural coastlines and wildlife. Fauna such as white-tailed eagles, seals, and dolphins frequent the seas around Ullapool.

Still guided by the twisty NC500, you’ll head towards the most northerly town in mainland Scotland and your next destination. Thurso is a hive of charming traditional restaurants, bars, cafés, shops and many other ‘must-sees’. This beautiful, most northerly town is also an excellent base for exploring the surrounding most northerly countryside, including a visit to the most northerly point of the most northerly part of mainland Great Britain – John o’Groats. 

You’ll conclude this fantastic Scottish Highlands self-guided motorcycle-tour by staying at a traditional highland hotel in the charming town of Pitlochry. Pitlochry is a delightful Victorian town located in the heart of the highlands, making it an excellent base for exploring the beautiful Rannoch region. It is also within a comfortable day ride distance to many major tourist attractions and scenic biking routes. This part of the tour perfectly combines visits to famous Royal castles and whisky distilleries with riding great biking roads through the majestic Cairngorms National Park.

Pitlochry is also an ideal place to reflect on this fantastic Scottish Highlands self-guided motorcycle-tour, say your farewells, and start thinking about your next biking adventure over a dram or two of that famous highland elixir.

For more day-to-day information about the Scottish Highlands self-guided motorcycle-tour, please spend some time studying the tour itinerary below.

If you wish to extend the Scottish Highlands self-guided motorcycle-tour, please use this link: Four Corners of Great Britain self guided motorcycle holiday.

If you require a motorcycle rental for the Scottish Highlands self-guided motorcycle-tour please get in touch with our partner, RoadTrip.

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When to go:

April to October - during August, a high-season supplement is applicable


Great Britain

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Day by day tour itinerary

Scottish Highlands self guided motorcycle tour

Day 11 – Breakfast and departure home

Today it is time to have one last hearty Highland breakfast, say your farewells and depart for home.  

Thank you for joining our Scottish Higlands self guided motorcycle tour and RidingWithUs. We hope you enjoy this fantastic holiday as much as we enjoy organising it.

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What our customers say

“What a great holiday. We enjoyed every minute of it. Thank you very much. We’ll be in touch next year"

Darren, Martin & Ryan

UK, 2018

Scottish Highlands self guided motorcycle holiday