Highlands and 

Islands: Scotland.  

  • Tour Overview
  • Tour Highlights
  • Sept 2017
  • May 2018
  • Overview Map
  • What's Included?
  • Prices in GB £
  • Prices in Euros €
  • Prices in US $
  • Previous Tour Gallery 2014
  • Previous Tour Gallery 2015
  • Testimonials

The Scottish Highlands are rightly acclaimed as one of the most beautiful parts of the world. Featuring vast mountain ranges, timeless lochs and ancient castles, Scotland is steeped in history, both human and natural.

You will get a real taste of Scotland with our tour through the Scottish Highlands We avoid the more well trodden routes and mix some must see destinations with some of the beautiful remote locations Scotland has to offer. Our first night is Edinburgh at our hotel a short walk from the castle. The welcome dinner will be in the hotels excellent restaurant serving locally sourced and produced food. Leaving from Edinburgh, Scotland’s iconic capital city we travel northwards to Balmoral Castle with the chance to stop and tour the castle (subject to HM the Queen not being in residence) and into Speyside, home of some of Scotland’s smoothest whiskies. A night spent in a charming local Inn and then onwards to the rugged North West coast. Your route goes via Loch Ness with the chance to visit Uruhart Castle perched on the banks of the loch. As you ride further north, you’ll see the landscape transform from rolling green hills into huge, towering cliffs, mountains and Lochs. We ride to the very north coast on winding single track roads. The most common road signs you will see are "Passing Place" and "Deer". A charming remote hotel overlooking a sea loch on the north coast is your home for the night.

Turning south you wind your way down the coast on single track roads and over the Bealach na Ba (pass of the cattle) before crossing over to the Isle of Skye, the largest island of the inner Hebrides on the last manually operated turntable ferry in Britain. Skye is the home the castles of Clan MacDonald and Clan MacLeod. Leaving Skye, again by ferry, we cross over to Lochaber with its beautiful forested coastline and lochs. You get to ride some of Scotland’s iconic roads we then head to Inveraray with its castle and historic jail. Our hotel for the night has been in the family for generations and you will receive a warm welcome in the busy hotel. Finally we head homeward, to Edinburgh via Glen Coe and our final night in the Capital. Dinner to celebrate the tour end will be taken in the heart of the city.

This tour will give you a real flavour of the Scottish Highlands and you will ride on a wide variety of roads from small single-track lanes to fast sweeping major roads. The roads in remote areas are largely single track and very quiet. You need to be a confident rider to get the best from them.

  • Iconic scenes of Scotland: 
    • Eilean Donan Castle
    • Urquhart Castle
    • Balmoral
    • Glen Coe
    • Isle of Skye
    • Lochaber
    • Loch Ness
    • The Caledonian Canal
    • Bealach na Ba the Pass of the Cattle
  • Visit the sandy beaches of the North West
  • Accommodation is mainly in small local inns in beautiful Scottish villages
  • A true ‘insiders’ tour of Scotland avoiding the major highways
  • Two nights in magnificent Edinburgh
Date Day Location Mileage About the day
3 Sept 2017 Sunday Edinburgh 0 Arrive for your first night in Scotland's Capital Edinburgh for tour welcome dinner
 
4 Sept 2017 Monday Grantown on Spey 210 Gleneagles, Balmoral, The Glendevon Valley and the spectacular Loch Tay are all on your route today
 
5 Sept 2017 Tuesday Tongue 170 Fort Augustus, General Wades Road alongside Loch Ness, Urquhart Castle and Loch Loyal on your way far North
 
6 Sept 2017 Wednesday Shieldaig 210 The north west Highlands to Shieldaig and your small Inn on the shores of a sea loch
 
7 Sept 2017 Thursday Plockton 160 Ride the Pass of Cattle and cross to the Isle of Skye, via the UK's last rotating turntable ferry
 
8 Sept 2017 Friday Inveraray 210 Incredible coastal scenery from Ballachulish to Lochgilphead and round to Inveraray and your farewell dinner
 
9 Sept 2017 Saturday Edinburgh 250 Return to Edinburgh via the dramatic Glen Coe and head for our final night in the capital city
 
10 Sept 2017 Sunday Home 0 You are free to depart for home

2018 Itinerary will run starting on 2 September 2018

Date Day Location Mileage Notes
6 May 2018 Sunday Edinburgh 0 Arrive for your first night in Scotland's Capital Edinburgh for tour welcome dinner
 
7 May 2018 Monday Grantown on Spey 210 Gleneagles, Balmoral, The Glendevon Valley and the spectacular Loch Tay are all on your route today
 
8 May 2018 Tuesday Tongue 170 Fort Augustus, General Wades Road alongside Loch Ness, Urquhart Castle and Loch Loyal on your way far North
 
9 May 2018 Wednesday Shieldaig 210 The north west Highlands to Shieldaig and your small Inn on the shores of a sea loch
 
10 May 2018 Thursday Plockton 160 Ride the Pass of Cattle and cross to the Isle of Skye, via the UK's last rotating turntable ferry
 
11 May 2018 Friday Inveraray 210 Incredible coastal scenery from Ballachulish to Lochgilphead and round to Inveraray and your farewell dinner
 
12 May 2018 Saturday Edinburgh 250 Return to Edinburgh via the dramatic Glen Coe and head for our final night in the capital city
 
13 May 2018 Sunday Home 0 You are free to depart for home

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Whats Included?

  • Pre tour pack including tour information, Michelin maps, route notes and GPS routes in Garmin/BMW format
  • Electronic copy of the World of BMW Touring Essentials Book
  • Ferry crossing to and from the Isle of Skye and across Loch Linhe
  • All accommodation as listed in the itinerary in comfortable local hotels and inns
  • All breakfasts
  • Welcome and farewell dinners (excludes beverages)
  • Plus dinners in Tongue and Shieldaig (excludes beverages)
  • Motorrad Tours Tour Leader throughout the Tour
  • Expert advice and support throughout
  • Commemorative polo shirt of all riders and pasengers
  • The protection of booking with a fully bonded tour operator

 

Whats Not Included? 

  • Fuel
  • Lunches
  • Dinners other than those listed
  • Travel Insurance
  • Anything not listed as included

Motorrad Tours welcome all makes and models of bike on tour. We also have a range of BMW bikes that you can hire. All our hire bikes for Classic and European Explorer Tours are current model BMW's complete with ABS, Heated Grips, Panniers, Top Box, Tank Bag, Inner bags for all boxes and a pre programmed BMW Navigator GPS included.

Tour Prices in GB£ Solo Rider
   Shared Room   
                              
Solo Rider
Single Room
                              
Rider and
Passenger *
                              
  Riding Your Own Motorcycle                                           £1,495 £1,795 £2,195
  Including an F700GS or F800GT Hire Bike £2,195 £2,495 £2,895
  Including an R1200GS, R1200RS or R1200RT Hire Bike   £2,395 £2,695 £3,095
  Including an awesome new S1000XR Hire Bike           £2,495 £2,795 £3,195

* Rider and Passenger price is for both people, not per person.

HIRE BIKES:  As this is a shorter tour in the UK, if you are booking a hire bike it does not include two additional nights to familiarise yourself with the bike.

 

Motorrad Tours welcome all makes and models of bike on tour. We also have a range of BMW bikes that you can hire. All our hire bikes for Classic and European Explorer Tours are current model BMW's complete with ABS, Heated Grips, Panniers, Top Box, Tank Bag, Inner bags for all boxes and a pre programmed BMW Navigator GPS included.

Tour Prices in €uro Solo Rider
   Shared Room   
                              
Solo Rider
Single Room
                              
Rider and
Passenger *
                              
  Riding Your Own Motorcycle                                           €1,795 €2,095 €2,595
  Including an F700GS or F800GT Hire Bike €2,595 €2,895 €3,395
  Including an R1200GS, R1200RS or R1200RT Hire Bike   €2,895 €3,195 €3,695
  Including an awesome new S1000XR Hire Bike           €2,995 €3,295 €3,795

* Rider and Passenger price is for both people, not per person.

HIRE BIKES: As this is a shorter tour in the UK, if you are booking a hire bike it does not include two additional nights to familiarise yourself with the bike.

US$ OR EURO PAYMENTS:  Currently our website will only take your 10% deposit payment in GB£ and your credit card company will convert this to your home currency. However your balance payment can be made in either US$ or Euro, directly by bank transfer with no currency conversion. Your balance payment will be 90% of the US$ or Euro Price shown.

Motorrad Tours welcome all makes and models of bike on tour. We also have a range of BMW bikes that you can hire. All our hire bikes for Classic and European Explorer Tours are current model BMW's complete with ABS, Heated Grips, Panniers, Top Box, Tank Bag, Inner bags for all boxes and a pre programmed BMW Navigator GPS included.

Tour Prices in US$ Solo Rider
   Shared Room   
                              
Solo Rider
Single Room
                              
Rider and
Passenger *
                              
  Including an F700GS or F800GT Hire Bike $2,995 $3,395 $3,895
  Including an R1200GS, R1200RS or R1200RT Hire Bike   $3,195 $3,595 $4,095
  Including an awesome new S1000XR Hire Bike           $3,395 $3,795 $4,295

* Rider and Passenger price is for both people, not per person.

HIRE BIKES: As this is a shorter tour in the UK, if you are booking a hire bike it does not include two additional nights to familiarise yourself with the bike.

US$ OR EURO PAYMENTS:  Currently our website will only take your 10% deposit payment in GB£ and your credit card company will convert this to your home currency. However your balance payment can be made in either US$ or Euro, directly by bank transfer with no currency conversion. Your balance payment will be 90% of the US$ or Euro Price shown.