The Highlands - coasts, castles, kilts - 13 days

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13-day motorbike tour from/to Newcastle (incl. ferry from/to Amsterdam) for self-drive.

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 cabin (rider) €1,449.00 $1,611.95 ?
Price per person in single room and 1-bed inside cabin (rider) €2,239.00 $2,490.79 ?
Price per person in double room and 2-bed inside cabin (pillion passenger) €1,279.00 $1,422.83 ?
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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 cabin (rider) €1,599.00 $1,778.82 ?
Price per person in single room and 1-bed inside cabin (rider) €2,629.00 $2,924.65 ?
Price per person in double room and 2-bed inside cabin (pillion passenger) €1,439.00 $1,600.83 ?
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Available options:
Cabin, 1-berth outside €28.00 $31.15 ?
Extra charge for the transport of a motorcycle with sidecar on the ferry(s). Price per vehicle and trip. €24.00 $26.70 ?
Ferry Gills - St. Margaret's Hope for individual exploration including vehicle transport on the ferry. Price per person. €0.00
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 ?
Bus trip to the Orkney Islands €0.00
Cabin, 2-bed outside (single beds) | Occupancy with at least 2 persons €32.00 $35.60 ?
Cabin, 2-bed outside (bunk bed) | Occupancy with at least 2 persons €16.00 $17.80 ?
Cabin, 2-bed interior (double bed) | Occupancy with at least 2 persons €8.00 $8.90 ?
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Early bird discount until 31.01.2021 -€50.00

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
10 nights in the selected accommodation category in rooms with bath or shower/WC
Breakfast
Ferry routes Ardossan - Isle of Arran - Claonaig
Orkney Islands: Ferry Gills - St. Margaret's Hope and back with motorbike transport or optional English-speaking bus excursion (only 01.05.-30.09.) - For more details see notes
Route description
Information and maps
one travel book per room
Not included features
Everything that is not listed under services
Parking fees, optional excursions and visits, local tax where applicable.

More details

More details
ACCOMMODATION:
The classic and inexpensive way to live in Scotland. In private houses we offer you comfortable rooms with shower/WC. Legendary is the Scottish breakfast, which is also served with warm meals.
Standard: Mid-range hotels in the 3-star category.
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NOTES:
Getting there: Please note that the journey by ferry from/to Amsterdam and motorcycle transport on the ferry are already included in the price.
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).
Visit the Orkney Islands: You can explore the Orkney Islands on your own by motorbike. In this case take the ferry from Gills to St. Margaret's Hope (offshoot approx. 20 min from Thurso). The crossing takes about one hour, you have about 7 hours time on the islands. Alternatively you can join an English-speaking bus excursion (only 01.05.-30.09.). This starts in John o' Groats (approx. 30 min from Thurso), the ferry crossing (John o' Groats to Burwick) takes only 40 minutes, the stay on the islands is approx. 8 hours. In the price section of the trip, please select one of the two excursion options.
Excursion programs: You can supplement your individual trip with bookable excursions and city tours.
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.
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.
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.

A wonderful backdrop for a motorcycle tour - little frequented coastal roads and varied routes through barren mountain landscapes! The rugged landscape, which is interrupted again and again by small and large lakes, the existing rocks covered with mosses and heather, the play of colours of nature and last but not least the rough coastline provide for landscape impressions of a special kind in the Highlands. Defiant castles, ruins, prehistoric sites and rustic villages complete the picture. A day trip to the Orkney archipelago and a visit to the Isle of Arran introduces you to two very special Scottish islands.

Tour character:

The tour will be ridden with your own motorcycle. On this journey you will cover a total of about 1,900 km to the far north of Scotland - always accompanied by a great panorama and in large parts on the "North Coast 500". Two daily stages are somewhat longer at around 300 km, but riding in Scotland is pleasant thanks to the low traffic density.

Itinerary:

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 - Peebles (approx. 160 km)

Arrival in Newcastle (approximately 9.15am). Those who like can take a detour through the city. Then your round trip through Scotland begins. Through the vast landscape of Northumberland we continue into the Peebles region. On the way are Melrose Abbey, an impressive monastery ruin, and Traquair House. Overnight stay in the Peebles area.

3rd day: Peebles - Ayrshire (about 190 km)

It goes to the Dumfries & Galloway region in the southwest of Scotland. You will follow the course of the River Tweed for most of the way and pass through a beautiful landscape. Overnight stay in the Ayrshire area.

4th day: Ayrshire - Isle of Arran (about 60 km + ferry)

By ferry goes to the Isle of Arran. Beside the impressive nature the Brodick Castle is also worth seeing. The castle is surrounded by an extensive park. The megalithic monuments of Machrie Moor can be found on the west coast. If you wish, you can visit the local distillery. Overnight stay on the Isle of Arran.

5th day: Isle of Arran - Fort William (ferry + about 180 km)

Back on the mainland, keep to the coast and head for Dunadd. The historical area had great importance as a coronation site between the 5th and 9th centuries. Via Kilmartin, where there are numerous magelithic structures, stone circles, rock carvings and other prehistoric monuments, you will ride to Fort William at the foot of Ben Nevis. It is the highest mountain in Great Britain. Overnight stay in the Fort William area.

6th day: Fort William - Eilean Donan Castle - Gairloch/Ullapool (approx. 210 - 300 km)

We head north to Eilean Donan Castle at Loch Duich. The castle, which is built on a small headland, is both picturesque and defiant. Not without reason she served as a scenery for many movies - not least for Braveheart, Rob Roy and Highlander. From now on, you will be riding in large parts on the "North Coast 500" - a great coastal road! Overnight stay in the Gairloch or Ullapool area.

7th day: Gairloch/Ullapool - Durness - Thurso (approx. 230 - 330 km)

Passing the striking Stac Pollaidh mountain, you will travel through the lonely regions of north-west Scotland. In the small village of Durness, where the limestone cave Smoo Cave is located, you can make a stopover. With Durness you will reach one of the most northern points of the British Isles and your view can sweep across the Atlantic. Overnight stay in the Thurso area.

8th day: Orkney

Day trip to the Orkney archipelago, which consists of about 70 islands. Worth seeing are the Neolithic settlement Skara Brae and the Bay of Skaill as well as the megalithic site Maes Howe. On the uninhabited island of Lamb Holm stands the Italian Chapel, which was built during the Second World War by Italian prisoners of war. Either you go on the excursion with your own motorbike and experience the islands on your own, or, if you want to have a day "free of travel", you can join an English-speaking bus excursion (only 01.05.-30.09., for more details see "Notes"). Overnight stay in the Thurso area.

9th day: Thurso - Inverness (about 180 km)

If you like, you can visit the Caithness Horizons museum before heading along the west coast to Inverness. On the way you can stop at the beautiful Dunrobin Castle. You will catch a few more beautiful views of the coast before you reach the capital of the Highlands with Inverness. Overnight stay in the Inverness area.

10th day: Inverness - Edinburgh (approx. 250 - 310 km)

Today we will go to the Scottish capital. If you like, you can make a detour to Loch Ness on the way and enjoy the view from Urquhart Castle. Or you can take with you intense impressions of the Cairngorms National Park and the Speyside region. The mountainous landscape of the route with its lakes, moorland and heathland gives a renewed impression of the solitude of the Scottish Highlands. Overnight stay in Edinburgh.

11th day: 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. From here the famous Royal Mile leads to the Palace of Holyroodhouse. Overnight stay in Edinburgh.

12th day: Departure

You ride back to Newcastle (about 170 km). Those who choose the coastal route (+ 25 km) pass Alnwick Castle. It served as a location for Harry Potter movies. Embarkation and departure (approx. 17.00 hours) in the direction of Amsterdam. Overnight stay on board.

13th day: Arrival in Amsterdam

In the morning (approx. 9.45 am) the ferry reaches Amsterdam, where your journey ends.

- Any times and times of day stated are subject to change. -