The ultimate tour of the British Isles

Ireland, Scotland & England

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The ultimate tour of the British Isles
Ireland, Scotland & England

21 day guided tour of the British Isles exploring the best biking road, historical sights, national parks and more.

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21 day Guided Tour
05/09/2020 - 25/09/2020

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21 day guided tour of the British Isles exploring the best biking road, historical sights, national parks and more.
September 2020 tour led by Teresa McEvoy and Ben Spear.
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Our tour of the British isles has it all, the best roads in Ireland, Scotland and Northern England, Heritage sites galore, haunted houses, castles and rugged landscapes that will see you riding hills and glens, past soaring mountains and deep lochs day after day. With plenty of days off along the way you’ll also have time to explore the cities, towns and hamlets we travel past and by the end of the 3 weeks you’ll be losing count of the number of stunning national parks you’ll have ridden through. This really is a tour like no other.
  • Guided Tour
  • 21 Day Tour
  • 3100 miles
  • Liverpool, UK
  • HIRE BIKE AVAILABLE
UPCOMING
TOUR DATES

05/09/20 – 25/09/20

Meet up with your guide and fellow Magellanites in Liverpool for the overnight crossing to Ireland. Docking early in Dublin we ride the east coast to Belfast and the following day is dedicated to exploring the city, with a visit to the Titanic quarter at the docks a must. From Belfast we make our way to Londonderry via the Giant's Causeway and the birthplace of modern Irish Whisky in the village of Bushmills. A nice relaxing ride follows this to Ballina as you cruise down the west coast of Ireland and cross into the Irish Republic, where our lunch stop incorporates a water-bus tour of Donegal bay that is not to be missed!

Heading south to Galway bay, we find ourselves on some of the very best biking roads in Ireland skirting both Ballycroy and Connemara national parks - which will guarantee an appreciation for the Irish love of road racing! Leaving Galway we ride around the prehistoric bogs of Maghera and Woodcock hill then after lunch we find ourselves on the famous World Heritage route of The Ring of Kerry.

Ben Spear, Guide
Ben Spear, Guide

This ultimate trip around the British Isles combines the best roads of each region we travel through but with time to soak up the sights and culture that makes them so unique. If you haven't ridden in the UK before or usually go further afield on your holidays then we guarantee it will open your eyes to just how good touring here can be.

The beautiful Peak District

Heading to Waterford, with its amazing Viking history, we ride around Kenmare Bay before following the river Lee to Macroom and a short ride to Blarney castle to kiss the world-famous Blarney stone, which Irish legend has it will give you the ‘gift of the gab’. There is then a short final day in Ireland with some nice scenic roads in the Wicklow Mountains National Park before your ferry crossing to the island of Holyhead where you have a 2 night stay with optional rideouts to choose from.

On leaving Holyhead we ride through the forest of Bowland Area of Natural Beauty, to the castle in Lancaster and then into the Lake District National Park and cruise the length of Windermere and Thirlmere on the way to Derwentwater. Heading north we visit a well-preserved section of Hadrian’s wall ride past the Kielder Forest and Northumberland National Parks before crossing into Scotland and coming to Edinburgh where we have a day off to explore. Back on the bike, we ride over the Firth of Forth into the highlands before passing Perth. Castles and distilleries aplenty on this route and we have incorporated two of the most famous ones on the way to Inverness.

Visit the battlefield at Culloden and then hop onto the famous North Coast 500 route heading to the most northerly point in the UK, where you stop off at the largest inhabited castle in Scotland. Follow the NC500 around the top of Scotland and down the west coast to the Isle of Skye to spend the day exploring the rugged landscape of the island. Back on the mainland we ride east and join the Great Glen at Invergarry, following this huge valley you pass the mighty Ben Nevis and continue to Glencoe, the Trossachs National Park and through Tyndrum to Oban.

Ride along the bonnie, bonnie banks of Loch Lomond and south past Glasgow to visit Gretna Green. From here we find ourselves on a 2000 year old Roman road before turning into the Lake District National Park and then continuing to the edge of the Yorkshire Dales National Park and through the Forest of Bowland, before continuing south to the Peak District National Park. We pass through the market town of Macclesfield and then up and over the legendary ‘Cat and Fiddle’ road to Buxton and then onwards to your final hotel stop of the tour.

Rugged Scotland, Wild Ireland and historic Northern England combine to give a fabulous touring experience of the British Isles

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Tour highlights

Ride to the iconic Giants Causeway, Crag Caves, Blarney Castle and Waterford Viking triangle.

Visit the towns and cities of Limerick, Belfast, Dublin, Donegal and Edinburgh.

Tour the Bushmills distillery, the oldest whisky distillery in Ireland. Then when in Scotland tour the home of the Tomintoul Glenlivet whisky, the Talisker distillery (founded in 1830 and still going strong) John O’Groats and the hotel where Drambuie was invented.

'We are missing everything about the trip...the motorcycle, the scenery, the food and the list goes on. Firstly we would like to thank you and everyone at team Magellan for organising our tour... We enjoyed the route you had set and the choice of hotels were something we looked forward to everyday! .... Overall we had a great time. We will talk to you soon when we plan our next trip.'
S & L. Vikram

Take a water bus tour of Donegal bay, and see seals and even dolphins.

Ride the acclaimed World Heritage route around the Ring of Kerry, and see some of the most breath-taking views anywhere in the British Isles.

Explore Hadrian’s wall, the ancient barrier erected to keep out the marauding scots almost 2000 years ago.

Ride the Great Glen, the banks of Loch Lomond, the North Coast 500, and the infamous ‘Cat and Fiddle’ road in the peak district.

Explore the jagged Cuillin mountains and the rugged landscape of the Isle of Skye. Visit numerous castles and the famous blacksmiths shop in Gretna Green, which for centuries conducted marriage services for eloping under-age English couples.

Ride the Peak District National Park, the Yorkshire Dales National Park, the Cairngorms National Park, the Trossachs National Park and the Lake District National Park.

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Tour Map / Itinerary

Full Itinerary

Day 1

Meet the group in Liverpool to take the overnight ferry to Dublin at 9p.m. Cabin accommodation included on board.

Day 2 165 Miles

Dublin to Belfast, you ride up the east coast of Ireland and visit Kirkistown motor racing circuit, home of the Kirkistown 500, and Strangford Lough. Time to begin exploring Belfast on arrival in the afternoon.

Day 3 Explore Day

Day off the bike to explore Belfast. Visit the Titanic museum and maritime Belfast, the botanical gardens and the University quarter.

Day 4 144 Miles

Scenic coastal riding, a haunted house, the Giant's Causeway and the oldest whiskey distillery in Ireland are all on the route today.

Day 5 165 Miles

A beautiful, classic Magellan riding day down the west coast on some of the roads voted the best in Ireland by Irish bikers themselves. A water bus tour of Donegal Bay and great views are a couple of today’s treats.

Day 6 195 Miles

National Parks and peat bogs galore, as once again you follow some of the best biking roads in Ireland and continue down the west coast.

Day 7 224 Miles

Visit Limerick and the beautiful Crag caves, before riding the internationally famous World Heritage route ‘The Ring of Kerry’.

Day 8 216 Miles

Ride around Kenmare Bay and then on past prehistoric peat bogs to reach Blarney Castle and kiss the famous Blarney Stone, then on to Waterford, the home of Waterford Crystal, and the Viking discovery triangle.

Day 9 109 Miles

Visit a Celtic craft centre, an ancient monastery and then ride through the Wicklow Mountains on the route back to Dublin for the 2p.m. ferry back across the water to Holyhead in Wales.

Day 10 Rideout / Rest Day

Rideout / rest day with a selection of routes and activities to choose from.

Day 11 191 Miles

Heading north, you ride through the Forest of Bowland, and visit Lancaster castle on the way to your hotel in the picturesque Lake District National Park.

Day 12 158 Miles

Leaving the beauty of the Lake District National Park and on to the border with Scotland via Hadrian’s wall. Through the Northumberland National Park and onward to the Scottish capital, Edinburgh – the “Athens of the North”.

Day 13 Explore Day

A day off the bike to explore Edinburgh. See the Castle looking down over Princes Street Gardens. Climb Calton Hill overlooking the city, or the Scott Monument, walk through the ‘Auld Toon’, take a ghost tour and visit the churches of St Giles, Greyfriars and the Canongate.

Day 14 172 Miles

Leaving Edinburgh behind, you head north to the original Scottish capital of Perth, and continue through the Cairngorms National Park to Inverness.

Day 15 210 Miles

Following the iconic bikers route ‘The North Coast 500’ you ride to the most northerly point in the British Isles, John o’Groats. Continuing this spectacular coastal ride you pass castles and ride narrow causeways en route to your hotel in Durness.

Day 16 193 Miles

Heading west on the The North Coast 500 again, you then turn south and follow the scenic ‘West Coast Drive’ to the beautiful Isle of Skye.

Day 17 180 Miles

A taste of how rugged and deserted Scotland can be today as you ride a coastal circuit of the Isle of Skye. The dark brooding Cullin mountains dominate the entirety of the island, and you visit both Dunvegan, the oldest continuously inhabited castle in Scotland and the world famous Talisker whisky distillery.

Day 18 207 Miles

Back on the mainland you ride the full length of Loch Ness and Loch Lochy with eyes peeled for a glimpse of Nessie. Then on past Ben Nevis, the highest peak in the British Isles, before visiting the site of the massacre at Glencoe, on the ride to your hotel in Oban.

Day 19 220 Miles

Heading south again, you ride through the rolling Trossachs National Park and along the bonnie bonnie banks of Loch Lomond… on the route to your hotel over the border in the quiet Lake District National Park.

Day 20 190 Miles

Three National parks on the agenda today. The Lake District park is followed by the Yorkshire Dales park and finally the Peak District park. In the last of these three parks you will ride the famous ‘cat and fiddle’ road down to your hotel near Ashbourne.

Day 21

Say farewell to the rest of touring buddies and depart for home.

What's included
Ferry to/from the mainland with cabin on the outward leg.
19 Nights accommodation in good quality hotels.
Excellent breakfast each morning.
Full use of all hotels’ leisure facilities.
Detailed route plans and maps.
GPS routes (Garmin / Tom Tom).
Detailed daily itinerary including sights and suggested coffee and lunch stops.
Fully guided and supported by an experienced tour guide throughout.
What's not
Fuel.
Toll charges.
Admission charges.
Occasional hotel parking charges.
Meals and drinks other than specified above.
Travel/Breakdown insurance covering repatriation back to the UK.

Common questions about this trip

Where does this tour start from?

Liverpool but if you are renting a motorcycle then the tour will start from our rental facility in the south-east of England near London and we’ll help with arrangements getting up to Liverpool. If you’re on your own bike then you just need to make your way to Liverpool for the first evening of the itinerary.

Can I choose a different crossing to Ireland?

Of course, alternate ferry routes include Holyhead, Cairnryan or Fishguard, if you would like to make your own way to Dublin and join the route on Morning 2 of the itinerary just let us know in the comments box and we’ll deduct the outbound crossing cost from your trip.

What’s the weather like on this tour?

We pick the tour dates to make the best of the weather and also avoid the crowds in peak season. With it being the UK however it could be sunshine, rain or anything in between. A sensible mix of vented kit and waterproofs with some base layers should cover all eventualities. Full kit and packing lists are supplied and we are happy to offer advice on packing for any of the trips.

More information
For general information on planning and preparing for motorcycle trips including what to pack please see our Prepare for your trip section.
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