6 Days
Duration
1700
Miles
All rider abilities
Skill level
Yes
Pillions?

SCOTTISH HIGHLANDS & NC500
SELF-GUIDED MOTORCYCLE TOUR

Self-Guided Motorcycle Tour along the NC500 in the Scottish Highlands 


The Scottish Highlands contain some of Scotland’s most stunning scenery, including National Parks and vast areas of unspoilt wilderness. From the vibrant city of Inverness and Loch Ness (Home of Nessie the Loch Ness monster) through the Caledonian Canal to Fort William the adventure capital of the UK, to the tranquil and peaceful Islands, the Inner and Outer Hebrides, and the Isle of Skye, its a place that has something for everyone, especially bikers!

The tour takes you through the Trossachs National Park, Lake Lomomd and into Cairgnorms National Park, home of Balmoral Castle and many famous distilleries. You’ll then head past Loch Ness and into the south, stopping at some hidden attractions and some more well know ones too, such as the abundance of castles on the east coast.

Heading to John O Groats you gety our picture taken and then off to Smoo cave, along the north coast and back down the western side through Applecross and a chance to see Eilean Donan Castle. Then you head over to the Isle of Skye and through Galloway to ride through the incredible scenic roads with impressive mountains carved by glaciers.

This is a beautiful tour full of scenery and great rides to boot!

Additional information

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DAY 1 - Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park

Staying north of Glasgow is recommended for the start of this tour.
After breakfast you head for Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park heading north along some of the most beautiful and stunning scenic roads. You’ll pass through Fort William and alongside the famous Ben Nevis mountain and onward towards Loch Ness to see if you can spot Nessy! You also make a brief stop at Urquhart Castle. From Loch Ness You’ll pass through Inverness and then head south into the beautiful Cairngorms National Park where you rest for the evening in your hotel. You will stay here in the same hotel for two nights
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DAY 2 - Cairgnorms National Park

Today you travel through Cairgnorms National Park. Britain’s highest and most massive mountain range: its biggest native forests; spectacularly clean rivers and lochs; moorland and farmland and a stronghold for Britain’s wildlife – this special place offers the warmest of welcomes from people who live and work here. Spectacular roads, amazing scenery and plenty to see along the route. Balmoral Castle and some of the worlds best distilleries are here such as the Royal Lochnagar Distillery in Blamoral, https://www.discovering-distilleries.com/royallochnagar/

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DAY 3 - John O'Groats

You head North along the Eastern coast, passing gorgeous beaches such as Brora and taking in the stunning fresh sea air from the North sea. You arrive at John O’Groats for a picture opportunity before heading off for the evening nearby at your hotel on the northern most part of the Scottish mainland where you shall spend an evening relaxing before heading back down through the west coast of the highlands. On route you make a stop to Whaligoe Steps!

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DAY 4 - Ullapool

You’ll head for Ullapool today through rugged West coast of the Scottish Highlands. Plenty of twisty, winding roads to keep you thrilled and entertained throughout the journey along with some of the most stunning scenery in all of the British Isles. You arrive in Ullapool for an evening stay in your hotel.

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DAY 5 - Isle of Skye

You make your way south, through winding roads and magnificent scenery including a stop at the magnificent Eilean Donan Castle and through Applecross and onto the Isle of Skye (optional) where you sample some of the truly awesome scenery, including waterfalls and mountain passes right through the heart of Skye. The Isle of Skye landscape has featured in many blockbuster movies. From the Isle of Skye you catch a small ferry for the short ride to Mallaig where you settle down for the evening.
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DAY 6 - Returning home

From Mallaig you continue south along the Western coast through Galloway National Park, passing stunning beaches and beautiful coastal paths. Your highlight is the famously photographed Kilchurn Castle. Through lochs and mountain passes you go until you reach Hunters Quay and make use of the vehicle ferry crossing for the short ride into Gourock, which, is a town falling within the Inverclyde area. It has in the past functioned as a seaside resort on the Firth of Clyde. You continue the last leg of our journey to West Kilbride where your tour sadly comes to an end and brings you back not far from your original starting point.
Rider Type Price
Single Rider, Single room £795 pp
Rider & Pillion Sharing a double/twin room £495 pp
2 x Riders with twin or double room £495 pp

INCLUDED

  • 2 or 3* Quality Hotels
  • Breakfast
  • Day to Day Gpx Route Maps (Tom Tom or Garmin)
  • Itinerary
  • Guide
  • Free Exclusive “Born to Explore” GMT Neck Tube and Key ring
  • Full support if you need it from GMT when on the tour
  • Discount off future bookings

NOT INCLUDED

  • Motorcycle hire (if required)
  • Fuel
  • Travel insurance
  • Parking
  • Meals other than stated
  • Ferry’s
  • Entrance fees
  • Drinks or mini bar usage
  • Additional services provided by hotel

When will I get all the information for the tour?

As every tour is put together when the customer books it will take us a few days to compile all the information you need. Please allow up to 28 days for the tour information

How much notice do you need to book a self guided Scotland tour?

Usually we like to have at least 14 – 28 days so that we can ensure we get the best possible hotels for you. If you are in a desperate hurry or your departure dates are sooner please call us to discuss on 0330 111 0112

How many miles will I do in a day?

Most days are under 200 miles, there is however a longer day in terms of time due to ferry crossing, which is the Isle of Skye option. We say it’s an option because you can avoid the island and the ferry crossing for the road route direct to the hotel

Whats the best time of year to do this?

We say avoid June time as the midges count is very high. A good time to go is May/ August / September

Tour Reviews

4.67 based on 3 reviews
09/11/2016

Chris is an an excellent guide and has an amazing attention to detail to ensure that everyone has the best possible time. The hotels were better than expected and of course the scenery is stunning. The only thing that could be better is the weather! I would certainly book again.

Scottish Highlands Tour 2016

09/11/2016

I’ve done a few tours, this was my first one with GMT. Chris by his own admission is a meticulous planner, and it showed. It was great just to be able to ride and enjoy, everything was sorted, and riding with people who enjoy riding was just fun. Chris was happy to sort any issues, and would accommodate everyone. I’ve found a company i can do more tours with, thanks Chris. roland, FZ8 Fazer.

Scottish Highlands Tour 2015

03/08/2017

Scotland Tour 2017.
Coming up from Surrey was a long trip but well worth it. Started in Dunbarton north of Glasgow the 6 bikes (including Guide Glen) made our way up around the NC500 threw beautiful countryside and many many castles. Stopping for coffee breaks and munches and lovely hotels overnight in the Scottish highlands. The roads were absent of traffic and the weather was sunny. Even John O Groats was sunny and warm. Only a few midges down the west coast. The Caingorns roads were a delight to ride. Unrestricted and let loose to ride the way you like was a real pleasure. Thank you for a great trip.

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