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From 7th August 2022
To13th August 2022
Category Guided Tour
Location Not Applicable
Price€ 1475
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“There are few places in my life that I’ve found more ruggedly beautiful than the Highlands of Scotland. The place is magical – it’s so far north, so remote, that sometimes it feels like you’ve left this world and gone to another.” -Julia London

“Scotland is a picturesque country where the people are friendly yet completely incomprehensible. Also, the national delicacy is a sheep’s stomach filled with its liver, lungs, and heart” -Adam Schlesinger

From spectacular mountain scenery to historic castles, shimmering lochs to stunning glens, flowing streams to crashing waterfalls. From beauty and tranquillity to battlefields and scenes of massacre. A country of myths and legends, heroes and villains. Scotland, home to our Gaelic cousins has some of the best motorcycling and stunning landscapes of offer in northwest Europe. Did we mention they have whiskey?

This tour is designed to take in the very best of the Scottish Highlands and Western Highlands using one strategically located base for 4 of the 7 nights. The beauty about this is the flexibility to explore as much or as little as you wish, to alternate daily routes depending on conditions and durations yet be able to ride and explore all the top highlights of the Highlands easily without the need to pack and haul luggage every day – this is the ultimate 7 day itinerary. Even better there is very very little retracing of old ground!

To mention a few of the well known highlights:

  • Loch Lomond & The Trossachs National Park
  • Glencoe
  • Isle of Skye
  • Loch Ness
  • Cairngorms National Park
  • The infamous North Coast 500 (or at least the best part of it)
  • Galloway Forest Park (Britains largest and aka Dark Sky Park)

Of course there are many many more highlights and hidden gems every day. Prepare for sensory overload.

Key Information

Start / Finish
Belfast City, Northern Ireland
Duration
7 days & 7 nights
Distance
Max 1700 - 2000km Avg 300km/day
Rental Motorcycles Available
Yes F750GS, R1250GS or CRF1100 (please contact us for a quote)
Single Supplement
350
Pillion Supplement
700

More Information

Note: This tour starts and finishes in Belfast City – tour participants should arrive afternoon or early evening latest.

Day 1 – Arrival Day

Rendezvous in Belfast Saturday afternoon for overnight stay in Belfast City (included). Tour briefing on Saturday evening.

Day 2

Early morning ferry from Belfast to Stranraer / Cairnryan with route to Loch Lomond and Trossach National Park via Galloway Forest Park.

Day 3

Loch Lomond to Loch Ness region in Scottish Highlands 

Days 4, 5, 6

Clover leaf loops to Isle of Skye, Cairngorms and Northwest along North Coast 500

Day 7

Route south via West Coastal Highlands and back to the Scottish Lowlands for ferry back to Ireland the following day.

Day 8

Short ride to Stranraer / Cairnryan for ferry back to Ireland arriving early afternoon. No accommodation included.

 

Included:

  • 7 nights B&B in excellent hotels. All accommodation is carefully selected considering quality, location, amenities and character.
  • Return ferry to / from Belfast 
  • Tour guide(s)
  • Detailed route maps / itinerary etc. allowing some self-guiding if preferred.

Not included:

  • Any travel costs to get to the start and from the finish point for the tour.
  • Personal travel, accident and medical insurance (covering matters such as medical expenses, repatriation, cancellation, curtailment, loss or damage to property)
  • Motorcycle insurance cover, motorcycle breakdown cover or recovery costs. 
  • Entrance fees to sights and parks, optional local excursions or local activities, (except where stated)
  • Lunches or snacks (except where stated). Any meals whilst on board ferries. 
  • Toll road fees, traffic fines or other charges relating to breach of the law
  • Any other item not specifically included in the price.

Pre trip we provide you with Tour Specific Information that gives you detailed information about how to prepare and plan your tour, and what to expect when on tour.  These are a few FAQ that many people have. If you have any further queries or concerns please do not hesitate to contact us.

What are the roads and driving like?

As with most countries in North West Europe; the roads on this particular tour, while all paved, vary a little. From sublime newly laid grippy asphalt to some narrower sections in the mountains. We try to avoid the busier main single carriage routes as much as possible and use rural less trafficked roads.

What bike is suitable to bring?
Generally speaking we recommend adventure or touring style motorcycles as the most suitable.  However, sport-touring and cruiser motorcycles may also be suitable subject to you being comfortable riding it for the distance / duration of the tour and considering the road conditions as described above. If you do not have a suitable motorcycle or do not have a motorcycle in Ireland you can rent one from us. (BMW F750GS, R1250GS or CRF1100 available) Please contact us for more information. 

What riding experience do I need?
Generally speaking we recommend all participants to be experienced tourers. Obviously, some destinations are easier than others, as classified by our difficulty ratings, and should you have concerns please do not hesitate to contact us. It is your responsibility to ensure your motorcycling skills are up to the requirements for this tour. Obviously advanced riding skills increase enjoyment factor and reduce risk.

Do I have to ride in a group?
No!  We do not make you ride in convoy and we offer you the freedom to decide how you would like to ride. However, we find most people prefer to ride with the group without the need to navigate. We use either the ‘drop off’ or ‘buddy’ systems when group riding (depending on country and complexity of navigation); these are tried and tested systems of group riding and allow riders to ride at their own pace. Full details are provided at pre-trip briefings. Daily departure times are set every evening for the following morning depending on the days route and points of interest. If you prefer to ride on your own, we provide you with a map and route cards with recommendations for lunch or coffee stops and hotel information. We offer a very flexible approach with an emphasis on maximum enjoyment.

Is this ride suitable for a passenger?
Yes. Pillion passengers should be experienced tourers / travellers. 

What is the average group size?
Our groups are normally between 8 – 12 riders (some riders will have passengers). Most riders are from the Ireland, but we do also have overseas riders who may take part. From time to time we may split into smaller groups depending on itinerary.

What documents do I need?
You will need your original documents as follows: 

  • Passport and Driving Licence.  Passengers only need their passport.  As a general rule, passports should be valid for at least 6 months after the end of the tour; however, this may be shorter in some European countries. 
  • If you are bringing your own motorcycle, you will also need your motorcycle registration document (RF101 / log book) and your motorcycle insurance.
  • In addition, you must have valid travel/medical insurance.
  • Visas as required Please ensure that you are fully aware of all passport and visa requirements and that you allow adequate time to obtain them.
  • We recommend an international driving permit available from: https://www.theaa.com/driving-advice/driving-abroad/idp Whilst driving permits are not always accepted or demanded they are handy to have! 

What will the weather be like?

Depending on season / time of year we will advise expected weather conditions in the pre-trip information and also suggest the most suitable gear based on our experience. It is imperative that tour participants have suitably adequate gear. Please note our tour calendar is carefully planned taking into account the most suitable seasons / local weather for the destination. However, as much as we would like, we cannot always guarantee the best weather. Particularly considering the un-predictable climates the world has been experiencing.

What about my health when I am abroad?
You need to be physically fit and healthy and also take the necessary health precautions.  It is essential for you to consult your doctor or travel clinic for up-to-date medical travel information prior of travel, particularly if you have a pre-existing medical condition. Please ensure that you are fully aware of all official travel advice, local customs, current affairs, travel requirements and medical/travel advice. Please check with your GP regarding recommended inoculations. 

Do I need Travel / Medical Insurance?
It is a condition of you travelling with us that you are adequately insured.  Your insurance policy must cover you for the costs of any medical expenses, medical treatment or repatriation needed, due to injury or illness on this trip, including those that occur whilst motorcycle touring, either as the rider or a passenger.  It is important that your insurance company understands that the main purpose of your trip is motorcycle touring, using your own large capacity cc motorcycle or a rental motorcycle.  Your insurance must cover you for the full duration of the trip and for all countries we travel through.

In addition, we strongly recommend that your insurance policy has cover for loss or damage to your personal belongings, delay at your outward or homeward point of departure, personal liability, overseas legal expenses and cancellation and curtailment. We do not refund your deposit simply because you failed to take out insurance in sufficient time. Some travel insurance policies do not cover motorcycle travel over a certain cc or for a prolonged duration.

Minimum Numbers
We require a minimum number of 8 riders on this tour.  If we do not have this number of bookings, then we reserve the right to cancel the tour.

Booking:

  • Overlanders may accept a booking online, via telephone or by email. To confirm a booking a deposit is required – once the deposit is received the booking is confirmed.

Payments & Fees:

  • A deposit is required at time of booking.
  • Guided tours – 50% required at least 60 days prior to the shipment / travel date.
  • All payments must be made in full at least 30 days prior to the shipment / travel date.

Cancellation/Amendments/Refund Policy:

  • Please note that all payments and deposits are non refundable nor transferrable if cancellation accrues within one month before the shipment / tour date.
  • Where possible we will try to accommodate any amendments you wish to make.
  • In the event of curtailment no refunds shall be made.
  • Refunds may be processed via the original method of payment, except for cash transactions where refunds will be provided by cheque.

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