Come and join us for our last tour of the UK and European season on our North Coast 500 and Scottish Highlands motorbike tour. Ride all 516 miles of the iconic NC500, a route that has been named as one of the top 6 coastal road trips in the world.
DATE: SUNDAY 14 OCTOBER - SATURDAY 20 OCTOBER 2018
START: SOUTH SHIELDS
FINISH: NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE
AVERAGE MILES PER DAY: 186 miles
Below is a brief itinerary of the tour:
Day 1 - South Shields To Inverness (290 miles approx)
Our tour starts from the lovely coastal town of South Shields. It is where we are based so we know it pretty well. We expect most customers to arrive in South Shields the day before - we can help you book accommodation for the Saturday night and will be more than happy to show you the sights of South Shields.
It will be a 9am start on the Sunday morning as we head North up through Northumberland and into the border counties of Scotland. We will cross into Scotland at Coldstream and continue heading North to Edinburgh and over the new Forth Road Bridge (the longest bridge of its type in the world). We will then take you past Balmoral Castle and through the Cairngorms National Park down into Inverness. It is a long day but there is plenty to see and some fantastic scenery to ride through.
For those of you who live North of the border, we would be more than happy for you to start the tour at the fist nights hotel in Inverness.
Day 2 - Inverness to Ullapool (200 miles approx)
In true North Coast 500 tradition our ride will start from Inverness Castle. We will then head towards the West Coast and Applecross peninsula. On the way to the beautiful village of Applecross we will tackle the infamous Bealach-na-ba. The "Pass of the Cattle" was initially constructed in 1822 as a gravel track and was asphalted in the 1950's. It is rightly descibed as one of the most scenic roads in the world and is considered the holy grails of British climbs. Once into Applecross we can have a well earned rest before heading Northwards on the coast road.
The scenery is unbeliveable as we ride along the shores of Loch Torridon and Loch Maree and roll into Ullapool.
Day 3 - Ullapool To Durness (100 miles approx).
A shorter day today as we continue North. The scenery is still amazing, the roads are still narrow. There will be plenty of stop-offs to admire the scenery, drink coffee and eat cake. All in all a really chilled out ride.
Day 4 - Durness to John o'Groats (100 miles approx).
In the morning we can take a short walk to Smoo Cave which has the largest sea cave entrance in the UK. Then it will be back on the bikes for a relaxing ride due East along the coast road. We will stop off at Dunnet Head lighthouse which is the most northerly point of mainland Britain. From Dunnet it is only a short ride to John o'Groats.
Day 5 - John o'Groats to Fort William (190 miles approx).
Day 5 sees us complete the circular North Coast 500 route as we head back down to Inverness. However, the fun doesn't stop there. From Inverness we will continue along the shores of Loch Ness past the Loch Ness visitors centre and the iconic Urquhart Castle. We will make a short stop at the Commando Monument at Spean Bridge before reaching Fort William.
Day 6 - Fort William to Newcastle Upon Tyne (235 miles approx).
Our final day and our first challenge of the day is the Kinlochleven Loop (aka the Scotburgring). 20 miles of unadulterated motorcycling fun - bends, twists, more bends and some fantastic scenery. Then from Glencoe we head down through the magical Glencoe Valley - The Munros are just so imposing and so beautiful. From the A82 we will start heading towards Stirling and Edinburgh to the border town of Jedburgh. Then it is back into England and the Northumberland National Park for our final leg to Newcastle.
This is the final UK/European tour of the season so it seems only fitting that we should celebrate a brilliant 2018 season in the party town of Newcastle. The first drinks will definitely be on us.
What You Get and Costs.
The basic cost of the tour is £600 for a single rider in a shared room; £800 for a single rider in a single room and £1000 for a rider and pillion.
What Is Included:
6 nights en-suite accommodation in minimum 3 star hotel
6 full breakfasts
Services of two experienced guides (Peter and Lorraine)