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Typical tour day

Tours start about 9.00 am with a briefing on weather, road types, points of interest (POIs), fuel / mid morning coffee / lunch / afternoon tea / comfort stops locations, and ultimate destination for the day. At a POI the group may stop for up to 1 or 2 hours. Lunch is generally from 12:30 pm and a quite leisurely affair at a good restaurant. The afternoon's motorcycling will include yet more excellent roads, an afternoon tea, before arrival at the high quality overnight accommodation.

5 routes are presented below to enable maximum exposure to the Highlands but in a fairly leisurely and flexible way. There is no requirement to speed, however good progress is made where practicable. As to when the routes are covered is not critical, indeed the numbering is merely for sorting, and many other bespoke routes are available, which can be adjusted in particular if group members wish to visit specific areas of interest.

Indeed the group are invited to contribute to the route planning so long as accommodation is not an issue.
Some routes may not be suitable for sports bikes - alternatives route are available, please advise when booking if considering using a sports motorcycle.

A download (.pdf) of an abridged version of Route 1 is available to view - below. Other, more detailed, route itineraries will be provided after your booking is confirmed. Accommodation will then be confirmed also.

Please note: As the Highlands suffer generally from a short supply of single room accommodation it is assumed that participants are willing to share in twin bedded rooms. The booking form specifically requires this to be acknowledged. Single occupancy can sometimes be arranged, however there is a single occupancy supplement.
 

Route 1 - Loch Ness & The Black Isle

A route with a radius of only approximately 50 kms around the Highland capital of Inverness but a fine taster for the coming days. A historic site is visited and some routes less travelled are negotiated, crossing in between the straths and glens and, in the afternoon, a visit will be made to a fine whisky distillery (entrance fee paid).
POIs are history & "culture" - neolithic cairns and a whisky distillery. Download Route 1 - Loch Ness & Black Isle. .
Click here for some photographs taken on the route.

Route 2 - North Western Highlands

Apart from appearing at first instance as an north east trip, after coffee at Golspie, we head inland then north west, shortly thereafter. Cutting through the hinterland of Caithness and circling the dramatic coast of Sutherland with its fine beaches and ancient mountains. Lunch is taken near Tongue and afternoon tea at Kylesku. This can be a long day, however it is also one of the very best.
One of the POIs on this day is Baile an Or - the "Klondyke" of the Highlands.
Click here for some photographs taken on the route.

Route 3 - Mid West Highlands

Traversing the Highlands by the A832 from east to west. Depending on the weather we have options to head for lunch at least 2 different, but equally fine, predominantly seafood restaurants.
POI on this day is paid entrance to a surprising garden oasis in an otherwise apparently barren, windswept, rocky surrounds.
Click here for some photographs taken on the route.

Route 4 - South Western Highlands

This route includes traversing areas used for staging the Scottish Six Day Trials sections in early May. Ardnamurchan and Moidart have some of the finest coastal views; including of the small isles of Rum, Eigg, and to the north; Skye and to the south; Mull. The roads vary from twisty single track to long sweeping bends through birch woods through fabulous glens, sea lochs and mountains. Depending on timings we may see the Hogwarts Express go by!
POI on this day is fauna - if the animals play ball!
Click here for some photographs taken on the route.

Route 5 - Eastern Highlands

Whilst not strictly Highland - more Grampian in fact, but absolutely worth doing. After driving east from Inverness, we skirt the Moray Firth coastline, until arrival and entrance to a large imposing fortified house. After a tour of the castle and grounds, we have coffee before setting off for Speyside - an important area of whisky production! The road we take thereafter is via a medium level pass to cross to the River Don and Dee, if time permits, then a high level pass back to the Spey returning via the Rivers Dulnain, Findhorn and Nairn. Truly a trip across fantastic variable roads whilst traversing 7, possibly 8, main river systems and different vistas during the day.
POI on this day is architecture.
Click here for some photographs taken on the route.