From the South-East, you’d start your UK tour by riding through the South Downs National Park a landscape covering 1,600km of picturesque villages with traditional pubs, rolling farmland, lowland heaths and ancient woodland. Then take a cruise through the New Forest, this peaceful national park is full of open moors, cliffs, deep forests and native ponies.
After visiting the medieval cathedral in Salisbury and the world-famous Stonehenge you will cross into Wales riding the mountain road over the Brecon Beacons and into South Wales to Aberystwyth. Then continue into Snowdonia National park with it’s mountains and glacial landforms surrounding you as you head to the medieval Castle of Conwy. The next morning will see you riding the beautiful Lake District National Park and through the stunning Kielder Forest and onto the border with Scotland.
Here you get a well deserved day off your bike to explore the city of Edinburgh. Visit the Castle looking down over Prince’s Street Gardens, climb Calton Hill overlooking the city, take a stroll through the Auld Toon and visit the churches of St Giles and Greyfriars. The city is steeped in history and is the perfect location for your day off!
Back on the bike you will ride the iconic bikers route ‘The North Coast 500’ to John o’Groats, just 11 miles from Dunnet Head, the mostly northerly point of mainland Britain. On this spectacular coastal ride you will pass castles and ride narrow causeways en route to your hotel in Durness. You will then cross over to the beautiful island of Skye, this island connected to Scotland’s northwest coast by bridge is known for its rugged beauty, small fishing villages and medieval castles.
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.The next day you ride through the rolling Trossachs National Park and along the bonnie banks of Loch Lomond on the route to your hotel over the border in the quiet Lake District National Park.
The Lake District park is followed by the Yorkshire Dales and the Peak District. In the last of these three parks you will conquer the famous ‘cat and fiddle’ road down to your hotel near Ashbourne, before a day dedicated to fully exploring the National park area. Visit the Heights of Abraham by cable car, or the Blue John caverns on a subterranean river excursion or the splendour of Chatsworth House is in easy reach.
Stonehenge: A visit to Stonehenge allows you to walk in the footsteps of your ancestors – at one of the wonders of the world and the best-known prehistoric monuments in Europe. You can explore the ancient landscape on foot, visit the world-class exhibition and visitor centre with 250 ancient objects and come face to face with a 5,500 year-old man.
Alpine Snowdonia: Snowdonia’s National park surrounds Mount Snowdon, the highest mountain in England and Wales at 1,085 metres high.
Edinburgh: Edinburgh is Scotland's capital, which is both compact and very hilly. It has a medieval Old Town and elegant New Town with parks and neoclassical buildings. Looming over the cobbled city streets of the city is Edinburgh Castle.
Loch Ness: Loch Ness the freshwater loch in the highlands extending for 23 miles famous for the alleged sightings of “Nessie” the Loch Ness monster.
Isle of Skye: Nothing can quite prepare you for the rugged beauty of this charming island. Connected to Scotland’s northwest coast by bridge it is known for its quaint fishing villages, medieval castles and simply epic scenery.
Chatsworth house: The stately home in Derbyshire has been home to the Cavendish family since 1549 and looks across the hills that divides the Derwent and Wye valleys.
Visit the National Motorcycle Museum: The National Motorcycle Museum traces the history of British Motorcycles through a collection of over 1000 classic bike from almost 170 manufacturers.
Day 1 146 Miles
Ride through the South Downs National Park and along the excellent A272.
Day 2 200 Miles
Cross into Wales and on to Aberystwyth.
Day 3 170 Miles
Into ‘Alpine Snowdonia’ this morning, and then on to some of the best roads that North Wales has to offer.
Day 4 235 Miles
Head north through the beauty of the Lake District National Park and to Edinburgh.
Day 5 Explore Day
A day off the bike to explore Edinburgh.
Day 6 172 Miles
Leaving Edinburgh behind you’ll ride to Inverness.
Day 7 210 Miles
Following the iconic bikers route ‘The North Coast 500’ you ride to John o’Groats, just 11 miles from Dunnet Head, the mostly northerly point of mainland Britain
Day 8 193 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 9 180 Miles
A coastal circuit of the Isle of Skye.
Day 10 207 Miles
Back on the mainland you ride the full length of Loch Ness and Loch Lochy with eyes peeled for a glimpse of Nessie.
Day 11 220 Miles
Heading south again on the route to your hotel over the border in the quiet Lake District National Park.
Day 12 190 Miles
Three National parks on the agenda today. In the last of these three parks, you will ride the famous ‘cat and fiddle’ road down to your hotel near Ashbourne.
Day 13 Explore Day
A day to fully explore the National parks area.
Day 14 185 Miles
On your last day, you will visit the renowned National Motorcycle Museum with its huge collection of classic British bikes.
Where does this tour start from?
If you are renting a motorcycle then the tour will start from our rental facility in the south east of England near London. If you’re on your own bike then you can join the route at any point to form a loop from your house. Just let us know when you book which night’s stop would suit you best acting as night one of the trip.
When is the best time of year to do this trip?
May to September as a rule is the safest time to tour anywhere in the UK and Ireland although March, April and October can work with a dash of luck. It can be wet at any time of year but 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.