3000 mile tour of the British Isles

England, Wales, Scotland & Ireland

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England, Wales, Scotland & Ireland

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3000 mile tour of the British Isles
England, Wales, Scotland & Ireland

The Ultimate Tour of the British Isles. Ride 3000 miles and explore the best biking roads in 4 countries.

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The Ultimate Tour of the British Isles. Ride 3000 miles and explore the best biking roads in 4 countries.
Ben Spear and Felix Billington.
Find out more about Magellan Guides
We start our UK itineraries from our rental facility in the South-East near London but you can join the route at any point to form a loop from your house if you are on your own bike. Just let us know when you book which night’s stop would suit you best acting as night one of the trip.
Self Guided Tour
21 days
3000 miles
March to October

From the South-East you’d start your UK tour by riding through the South Downs National Park a landscape full of picturesque villages, rolling farmland, lowland heaths and ancient woodland and along the cross country road A272 with it’s wide and open sweeping bends. Then take a cruise through the New Forest, this peaceful national park is full of open moors, deep forests and native ponies. After visiting the medieval cathedral in Salisbury and the world-famous Stonehenge you will cross into Wales riding over the Prince of Wales bridge and onto the Brecon Beacons. You will then ride into Snowdonia National park with its mountains and glacial landforms surrounding you as you head to Conway on the north coast.

Ride through the wildly beautiful Llyn peninsula on your way to the old slate mines at Blaenau Ffestiniog on the steam railway then onto Liverpool for the overnight ferry to Dublin. Ride North to Belfast where you have a day off to visit the Titanic museum on the site the infamous liner was built, take a Segway tour, visit Queen’s University, the botanic gardens or the cathedral quarter. After a day exploring continue on the scenic coastal road visiting a haunted house, the impressive rock columns of the Giants Causeway and the oldest whiskey distillery in Ireland.

Explore every corner of the UK & Ireland

Heading West on some of the best biking roads in Ireland take a water bus tour of Donegal Bay where you get amazing views of Seal Island and it’s 200 strong seal colony, views of the Bluestack Mountains and the pretty coastline of Donegal. Back on dry land continue down to the pretty city of Limerick and the beautiful Crag caves, a system of limestone rock that extend  3.8 kilometres before riding one of Ireland’s most breathtaking natural wonders The Ring of Kerry. Staying on the rugged West coast cruise the remote Kenmare Bay before heading to the medieval castle at Blarney and the famous glass manufacturer seaport of Waterford.

On your way back to Dublin explore the scenic route through the Wicklow mountains and stop off at a celtic craft centre and ancient monastery before the ferry to Wales, once there you will then hop over to the island of Anglesey known for its pretty beaches, medieval sites and the village with the longest name in Europe! Back on the mainland you travel through the forest of Bowland and visit Lancaster Castle on your way to your hotel in the Lake District National Park before heading to the UNESCO world heritage site of Hadrian’s wall. Onwards to Edinburgh for a day out of the saddle where you can visit the Castle looking down over Princes Street Gardens, climb Calton Hill overlooking the city and visit the churches of St Giles and Greyfriars.

Stunning rolling countryside.

Stunning rolling countryside.

Heading North, ride through the original Scottish capital of Perth and continue through the spectacular Cairngorms National Park, this mountain range is twice the size of the Lake District and has incredible views out over the forests, rivers and lochs. Following the iconic biker’s route ‘The North Coast 500’ you reach the most Northerly point in the British Isles, John O’Groats. From here carry on west on the coastal road and 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. Then you will ride the full length of Loch Ness and Loch Lochy, past Ben Nevis (the highest peak in the British Isles) before visiting Glencoe and onto Oban.

Heading South again, 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. 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’ll conquer the famous ‘cat and fiddle’ road down to your hotel near Ashbourne. Heading back to the Southeast you visit the renowned National Motorcycle Museum with its huge collection of classic British bikes, before riding a route which has remained unchanged for almost 2000 years, the original Roman road to the north, the ‘Fosse way’.

An exhilarating 3000 miles tour of the British Isles, taking in glorious roads in 4 countries awaits you...

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Tour highlights

Stonehenge: 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.

The North Coast 500: The NC500 starts in Inverness, and curves along the west coast to Applecross and then to Torridon and Ullapool. Then you'll venture to some of the most northerly coastal points in Scotland, passing by famous John o' Groats before heading south back to Inverness.

Mountain Countryside
'3000 miles and 4 countries in one tour! Having wanted to ride all corners of the British Isles ever since I came back to biking this tour had my name on it. The 3 weeks flew by, the riding was great, weather occasionally soggy but you take your chances..You must see the distillery tour too...Enjoyed every minute!
Terry M

Edinburgh: Scotland’s capital with it’s Castle, medieval old town and parks is the perfect setting for a relaxing day off your bike.

Loch Ness: Loch Ness the freshwater loch in the highlands extending for 23 miles famous for the alleged sightings of the Loch Ness monster Nessie.

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 bikes from almost 170 manufacturers

Blarney Castle and kiss the Blarney Stone: The Blarney stone at Blarney Castle is a piece of limestone built into the castle walls which is said to give those who kiss it a mystical elegance.

Take a Bushmills whiskey distillery tour: Bushmills Irish Whiskey is made at Ireland’s oldest working distillery and has been since 1608 using the unique water from the stream onsite and Irish barley. ‘The Bushmills Brand Experience’ offers guided tours around the working distillery with all the associated sights and smells and even tutored whiskey tastings.

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Tour Map / Itinerary

Full Itinerary

Day 1 146 Miles

Ride through the South Downs National Park and along the A272 to Bath.

Day 2 220 Miles

Crossing into Wales on the iconic Prince of Wales bridge you then ride the amazing mountain road over the Brecon Beacons to Aberystwyth.

Day 3 170 Miles

Ride the scenic Lleyn peninsula and then on to take the Ffestiniog steam railway to the old slate mines at Blaenau Ffestiniog and onto Liverpool for an overnight ferry.

Day 4 165 Miles

Ride north from Dublin to Belfast.

Day 5 Explore Day

A day off the bike to explore Belfast.

Day 6 144 Miles

Miles of coastal riding, a haunted house, the Giants Causeway and the oldest whiskey distillery in Ireland are all on the way.

Day 7 165 Miles

A scenic ride down the west coast of Ireland on roads voted the best in Ireland by Irish bikers themselves.

Day 8 195 Miles

National Parks and prehistoric peat bogs await.

Day 9 224 Miles

See Limerick and the beautiful Crag caves.

Day 10 216 Miles

Ride round Kenmare Bay and then on to reach Blarney Castle.

Day 11 109 Miles

Visit a Celtic craft centre, an ancient monastery and then ride through the Wicklow Mountains on the road back to Dublin for the 15:10 return ferry trip to Holyhead in Anglesey (North Wales).

Day 12 230 Miles

On the island of Anglesey visit the village with the longest name in Europe and then cross over to the mainland.

Day 13 158 Miles

Leaving the beauty of the Lake District National Park and on to the border with Scotland via Hadrian’s wall.

Day 14 Explore Day

A day off the bike to explore Edinburgh.

Day 15 172 Miles

Leaving Edinburgh behind, you head north to the original Scottish capital of Perth.

Day 16 210 Miles

Following the iconic biker’s route ‘The North Coast 500’.

Day 17 193 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 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.

Day 19 220 Miles

Heading south again, you ride through the rolling Trossachs National Park and along the bonnie bonnie banks of Loch Lomond.

Day 20 190 Miles

Three National parks on the agenda today.

Day 21 185 Miles

Heading back to the south-east you’ll visit the renowned National Motorcycle Museum.

What's included
Overnight ferry crossing with cabin Liverpool - Dublin, day time crossing Waterford - Holyhead (if Liverpool isn’t convenient for you do please get in touch as other crossings can be arranged see Q&As below).
19 Nights accommodation in good quality hotels, 1 overnight ferry cabin.
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 sight and suggested coffee and lunch stops.
What's not
Fuel.
Toll charges.
Admission charges.
Occasional hotel parking charges.
Meals and drink other than specified above.
Travel/Breakdown insurance.

Common questions about this trip

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.

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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