Scotland: Through the Highlands on a motorcycle

8-day motorcycle tour from/to Newcastle (incl. ferry from/to Amsterdam).

Pricing

Price
- The prices indicated are Bed and Breakfast minimum prices for the low season. Please ask for an individual offer for your desired travel date. - (Bed & Breakfast variant: You will usually stay in typical bed and breakfast accommodation - private guest rooms with shower/WC. "Bed and breakfast is the classic way to live in Ireland. In private houses we offer you comfortable rooms with shower/WC. Legendary is the Irish breakfast, which is also served with warm meals. Please note that bed-and-breakfast accommodation can also be located outside built-up areas. If necessary, restaurants or pubs are within "driving distance". )
Price per person in double room and 2-bed inside cabin (rider) €759.00 $844.36 ?
Price per person in single room and 1-bed inside cabin (rider) €1,179.00 $1,311.59 ?
Price per person in double room and 2-bed inside cabin (pillion passenger) €689.00 $766.48 ?
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- The indicated prices are hotel minimum prices for the low season. Please ask for an individual offer for your desired travel date. - (Hotel variant: you will generally stay in middle-class hotels, in smaller towns possibly also sometimes in bed and breakfast accommodation).
Price per person in double room and 2-bed inside cabin (rider) €819.00 $911.10 ?
Price per person in single room and 1-bed inside cabin (rider) €1,429.00 $1,589.70 ?
Price per person in double room and 2-bed inside cabin (pillion passenger) €749.00 $833.23 ?
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Bookable options:
Extra charge for the transport of a motorcycle with sidecar on the ferry(s). Price per vehicle and trip. €28.00 $31.15 ?
Buffet breakfast on the ferry Newcastle - Amsterdam (IJmuiden) €10.00 $11.12 ?
Buffet breakfast on the ferry Amsterdam (IJmuiden) - Newcastle €10.00 $11.12 ?
evening buffet on the ferry Newcastle - Amsterdam (IJmuiden) €24.00 $26.70 ?
evening buffet on the ferry Amsterdam (IJmuiden) - Newcastle €24.00 $26.70 ?
Cabin, 2-bed outside (double bed) | Occupancy with at least 2 persons €16.00 $17.80 ?
Cabin, 2-bed outside (single beds) | Occupancy with at least 2 persons €32.00 $35.60 ?
Cabin, 1-berth outside €28.00 $31.15 ?

Features

Features
Ferry passages Amsterdam - Newcastle - Amsterdam in a 2-bed cabin inside (bunk beds) with shower/WC (without on-board catering)
Motorcycle transport on the ferries
5 nights in hotels and bed and breakfast accommodation in rooms with bath or shower/WC
Breakfast
Information and maps
Route description and GPS data
one travel book per room
Not included features
Everything that is not listed under services
Parking fees, local tax if applicable.

More details

More details
ACCOMMODATION:
On this trip you will stay in middle class hotels or in typical bed and breakfast accommodation (private guest rooms with shower/WC), depending on the region.
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MINIMUM NUMBER OF PARTICIPANTS:
Guaranteed execution from 2 persons.
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NOTES:
Getting there: This trip includes the ferry journey from/to Amsterdam and the motorcycle transport on the ferries. The tour will be ridden with your own machine.
Parking spaces: Secured parking available at the Amsterdam ferry port (cost per week: 40€/car; 80€/car with trailer; details in the travel documents) For this trip we usually use hotels that have parking spaces. We will reserve a pitch for you when you book (where possible, no claim). Parking fees may apply, which must be paid on site.
Catering on the ferries: On the ferries, meals are offered in the on-board restaurants - payable on the spot. On some ferry routes we offer pre-bookable meal packages. You will then find these under the optional services in the price section of the trip (these meal packages can only be booked directly in connection with the trip, subsequent additional bookings are not possible).
Entry requirements Great Britain: Great Britain (England, Wales, Scotland) is a member of the EU, but not of the Schengen area. German citizens require an identity card or passport with sufficient validity for entry. For other nationals, please contact the respective embassy. Further information on the current entry regulations at the Foreign Office at www.auswaertiges-amt.de. Please note that you yourself are responsible for compliance with the above-mentioned entry regulations.
Health regulations: Please contact your family doctor for vaccination advice for the target area. Please read the travel information of the Federal Foreign Office at www.auswaertiges-amt.de
Mobility: The offer is not suitable for people with reduced mobility. Please contact us for more information.

The Scottish Highlands with their lonely roads and wonderful panorama are a great area for a motorcycle tour. Here the way is the goal... The rugged landscape, which is interrupted again and again by small and large lakes, the existing rocks covered with moss and heather, the play of colours of nature and last but not least the rough coastline provide landscape impressions of a special kind. Defiant castles, ruins and rustic villages complete the picture. Get to know Scotland from its most beautiful, perhaps its most typical side.

Itinerary:

Tour character:

A motorcycle tour over a total of almost 1,700 km - the focus is on riding. Two longer stages of more than 300 km require a little bit of sitting up, but in the Highlands the road is the destination and the partly curvy roads are quite little used. The Northern and Western Highlands can be explored from your permanent accommodation in Inverness, saving you from having to pack your bags every day.

1st day: Arrival

Individual arrival at the ferry port of Amsterdam (Ijmuiden), embarkation and departure (approx. 17.30 hrs) towards Great Britain. Overnight stay on board.

2nd day: Newcastle - Edinburgh (about 200 km)

Arrival in Newcastle in the morning (around 9.15am). If you like, you can explore the cathedral, the remains of the old city wall, the interesting Gateshead Millennium Bridge and the High Level Bridge. Then your round trip through the vastness of Scotland begins. On the way to Edinburgh, you will take a short detour to Alnwick Castle, which was the location for Harry Potter films. Through the vast landscape of Northumberland we continue to Edinburgh. Edinburgh has been the capital of Scotland since the 15th century and is a lively metropolis with almost 500,000 inhabitants. Edinburgh Castle towers high above the city and offers a breathtaking view. Overnight stay in Edinburgh.

3rd day: Edinburgh - Elgin - Inverness (approx. 320 km)

Your route today takes you further north of Scotland. Via Perth we go to the Cairngorms National Park. The mountainous landscape with its lakes, moors and heaths gives a first impression of the loneliness in the Scottish Highlands, which you have now reached. A detour takes you to Elgin, where Macbeth killed his cousin, the Scottish King Duncan I, in 1040. The ruins of the cathedral are definitely worth a stop. Your daily destination is Inverness, capital of the Highlands. Overnight stay in Inverness.

4th day: Western Highlands (approx. 260 km)

Today's tour takes you through the Highlands and to Eilean Donan Castle at Loch Duich. The castle, which is built on a small headland, is both picturesque and defiant. It is not without reason that the building has served as a backdrop for many films - not least Braveheart, Rob Roy and Highlander. Along the shores of Loch Duich and Loch Cluanie you will travel to Fort Augustus and then back to Inverness following the north shore of Loch Ness. Overnight stay in Inverness.

5th day: Northern Highlands (about 380 km)

Today the way is the goal and so you set off for a big Highland round. Via the villages of Lairg and Tongue you continue northwards, past lakes and accompanied by a beautiful mountain panorama. Enjoy the solitude on the streets of the Highlands! The vastness of the barren landscape, which is repeatedly broken up by small and large water areas, and the play of colours of nature are fascinating. With Durness you will reach one of the most northern points of the British Isles and your view can sweep across the Atlantic. Via the western route, partly along the coast, we return to Inverness. Overnight stay in Inverness.

6th day: Southern Highlands & Glasgow (approx. 270 - 370 km)

From Inverness you travel to Glasgow, passing through the legendary Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park. There are different route options for this day, the choice is yours! The climate will become milder again, the landscape less barren. With Glasgow you reach the largest city in Scotland. Glasgow experienced heydays such as the industrial revolution, but also times of decay. Get to know the city on a sightseeing tour on your own: The cathedral, the old carpet factory, the main building of the university, the old railway station St. Enoch, ... Glasgow has a number of interesting buildings to offer. Overnight stay in Glasgow.

7th day: Departure

Today you ride back to Newcastle (about 250 km). Your route takes you via Carlisle to Hardrian's Wall, northern border of the Roman Empire. Embarkation and departure (approx. 17.00 hours) in the direction of Amsterdam. Overnight stay on board.

8th day: Arrival in Amsterdam

In the morning (approx. 9.45 am) arrival in Amsterdam (Ijmuiden) and individual journey home.