Scotland - visiting the Highlanders

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A motorcycle tour through Scotland - many bikers dream of this. With us this dream will come true!

Pricing

Price
per rider in shared twin/double room €2,699.00 $3,002.52 ?
per pillion passenger in shared twin/double room €2,549.00 $2,835.66 ?
Surcharge single room hotel (only available when booking the 1-bed cabin ferry at the same time) €499.00 $555.12 ?
Surcharge 1-bed cabin ferry (only available when booking the single room hotel at the same time) €219.00 $243.63 ?

Features

Features
9 specifically designed day tours in Scotland with tour guide in groups of 6 - 8 motorcycles.
Roadbook with hotel and route information.
Beverage service on the tours.
Luggage transport in the support vehicle to/from Krefeld from 15 participants (plus tour guides).
Hotel accommodation: 1 overnight stay in an upscale hotel in Edingburg 2 nights at the Deeside Inn**** in Ballater. 2 nights at Best Western Pallace*** in Inverness. 1 overnight stay at the Royal Ullapool in Ullapool. 2 overnights at the Alexandra Hotel*** in Fort William. 1 overnight stay at the Stirling Highland Hotel. All nights in Scotland on half board. Room with shower/WC. Dinner as 3-course menu or buffet.
Ferry crossing: Motorcycle passage Ijmuiden - Newcatle - Ijmuiden. Accommodation in 2-bed inside cabins. Now including large evening and breakfast buffet!
Travel insurance certificate for the entire journey.
Not included features
Any tolls, entrance fees, visitor's tax, etc.
Everything that is not listed under services

More details

More details
Total distance: about 2,900 km from Krefeld.
Daily stages: 230 - 330 km on the spot.
Road condition: Mostly we use side roads, including some single track roads, which are in good condition with few exceptions.
Riding skills: Scotland offers something for everyone! Also for beginners and re-starters, who should however complete a safety training before participating.
Climate: The reputation of Scottish weather is worse than it actually is. But one should not be afraid of a rain shower and also not expect temperatures above 20°C at the beginning of June.
Minimum participants: 15 riders (divided into 2 groups)
Special features: In England and Scotland there is left-hand traffic, but after a short acclimatisation period this is no problem even for beginners.
Language: This offer is usually suitable for English and/or German speaking participants. We will gladly provide binding information upon request.
Mobility: The offer is not suitable for people with reduced mobility. Please contact us for more information.

Over gentle hills, through green forests, along countless lakes and even more castles and fortresses, this journey leads into the legendary Scottish Highlands. That's where William Wallace and Bonny Prince Charlie fought against English rule and Rob Roy did his mischief. And where the people are so friendly that you don't really want to go home anymore.

Highlights of our trip include a visit to Eilean Donan Castle, where a few scenes for the film "Highlander - there can only be one" were shot, and a tour of Edradour, Scotland's smallest and most beautiful whisky distillery. You will also be impressed by the rides on the single track roads through the loneliness of the Highlands, we are sure of it!

By the way, neither left-hand traffic nor the weather are a reason to avoid Scotland. As a motorcyclist you get used to riding "on the wrong side of the road" very quickly. Dangers lurk there rather when crossing the road than pedestrians!

And "if you don't like the weather in Scotland, wait five minutes," say the Scots. In other words, permanently bad weather is very rare in Scotland, especially in June, the driest month. A steady wind usually drives the clouds away quickly, and after a short shower the sun shines again.

Well, what are you waiting for? To the Highlands!

Tour itinerary:

Day 1: Journey to Ijmuiden/Amsterdam to the ferry.

Departure at 10 am from the Geismühle Ost rest stop (A57) or individual arrival to our ferry connection from Ijmuiden/Amsterdam to Newcastle upon Tyne. As this is a night ferry, we arrive rested in the northeast of England the next morning.

Day 2: Through the Borders to Edinburgh.

After a hearty breakfast buffet on the ferry we pass a small section of the Roman Hadrian's Wall and along the Kielder Water reservoir to the "border" between England and Scotland. We continue through the Scottish Borders to our first stopover hotel in Edinburgh. From here it is not far to the old town, so we can do a little sightseeing before dinner.

Day 3: From Edinburgh via Edradour to Ballater.

Today we travel on a beautiful connecting stage to our first "base hotel" in Ballater in the Cairngorms National Park. On the way there we visit the smallest (and in our opinion definitely the most beautiful) whisky distillery in Scotland, Edradour, and ride over the Cairnwell Pass/Devil's Elbow, the highest tarred pass in Britain.

Day 4: Castles & Stones round.

Today's day tour is a "Castles & Stones tour". We will visit Dunnottar Castle, Easter Aquhorthies Stone Circle, Maiden Stone and Craigievar Castle.

Of course, the roads in this beautiful area are not missed out either!

Day 5: From Ballater via the "Whisky Trail" to Inverness.

After breakfast we ride through the Cairngorms National Park and the Highlands past various whisky distilleries to the "Capital of the Highlands", Inverness, where our second "base hotel" is located.

Depending on the form of the day, desire, time and weather we can also visit one or the other of these distilleries. Especially the Glenfiddich Distillery is worth seeing as a stark contrast to the Edradour Distillery.

Also the Speyside Cooperage is definitely worth a visit!

Day 6: Day of rest.

Inverness and the surrounding area has plenty of places of interest which we can recommend and about which we will be happy to inform you.

For those who want to take a short tour on the rest day, we offer a short (about 100 km) "Loch Ness" round.

Day 7: Through the northwest of the Highlands to Ullapool.

Today we leave Inverness and ride along many single track roads in the sparsely populated northwest of the Highlands to our next stop-over hotel in Ullapool.

Especially the west coast of Scotland has its very own charm with its many inlets.

Day 8: Continue along the west coast to Fort William.

Today we continue down the west coast of Scotland to our third "base hotel" in Fort William.

The highlight of today's tour is a visit to Eilean Donan Castle, the ancestral seat of the Scottish Clan Macrae. The castle is especially famous because some scenes of the movie Highlander were shot here.

Day 9: Isle of Mull.

Today we visit the Isle of Mull and rob a little over the streets.

On the way we visit the Glenfinnan Viaduct, where scenes from many films and TV series were filmed, including some of the Harry Potter films in which the Hogwarts Express passes the viaduct.

Day 10: Back East...

Today we are heading roughly east again to our next stopover hotel in Cumbernauld. On the way there we pass the Trossachs National Park.

Day 11: Through the Borders to Newcastle to the ferry.

Our last leg in Scotland takes us back to Newcastle upon Tyne, from where the night ferry brings us back to Holland. But before that we enjoy small and winding roads through the Borders and the North East of England.

Day 11: Journey home.

It's "say goodbye"! Together or individually we go to the rest stop Geismühle West or home.

We reserve the right to change the programme, route or hotel.