Scotland & Northern Coastal Road 500 Motorcycle Tour
British Bike Tours
Scotland and Northern Coastal Road 500 Motorcycle Tour.
TYPE OF TOUR
DIFFICULTY OF TOUR
SUITABLE FOR ALL
Our North Coast 500 and Scotland Motorcycle tour is proving extremely popular. It really does show Scotland at its best. Fabulous roads, jaw-dropping scenery, lots of things to see and do. This tour really has a bit of everything. Ride the iconic NC500 coastal road, a route that has been named as one of the top 6 coastal road trips in the world.
Due to massive demand for this tour we will be running it 4 times in 2024.
Sunday 21 April - Saturday 27 April 2024
ONLY 3 SPACES LEFT
Sunday 12 May - Saturday 18 May 2024
Sunday 9 June - Saturday 15 June 2024
ONLY 1 SHARED ROOM SPACE LEFT
Sunday 8 September - Saturday 14 September 2024
What You Get and Costs.
The basic cost of the tour in 2024 is £575 for a single rider in a shared room; £825 for a single rider in a single room and £1025 for a rider and pillion.
A £100 deposit secures a place on the tour and the remaining balance payment is due 12 weeks before departure.
What Is Included:
6 nights en-suite accommodation
6 full breakfasts
Services of experienced guide
Full GPS routes in .gpx format (Tom Tom & Garmin)
What Is Not Included:
Admission Charges to Tourist Attractions
START: SOUTH SHIELDS
FINISH: NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE/SOUTH SHIELDS
AVERAGE MILES PER DAY: 190 miles
Below is a brief itinerary of the tour:
Day 1 - South Shields To Newtonmore/Aviemore (250 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 are able to advise on overnight accommodation, to suit all budgets, for the night before the start of the tour.
It will be a 9am start on the first day of the tour 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. We will have a coffee stop on the way and then another longer stop for lunch at Helix park,, home of the beautiful Kelpies. They truly are magnificent.
Refreshed after our stop we will then continue North into the spectacular Cairngorms National Park and to our overnight stop in the Scottish ski resorts of Newtonmore/Aviemore. 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 - Newtonmore to Aviemore to Ullapool (200 miles approx)
From Aviemore we will head into Inverness and ride by Inverness Castle, the traditional start point for the North Coast 500. 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 unbelievable as we ride along the shores of Loch Torridon and Loch Maree.
Day 3 - Ullapool To Thurso/Wick (180 miles approx).
A fabulous days ride as we continue North. The scenery is still amazing, the roads are still narrow as we hug the rugged coastline and discover beautiful unspoilt coves and bays. 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 - Thurso/Wick to John o'Groats to Dunnet Head to Strathpeffer/Inverness (170 miles approx).
We will spend the first part of the morning visiting John o'Groats and then onto the top of mainland Britain, Dunnet Head. From there we will leave the NC500 and head inland across the wild empty Scottish Highlands. There is a good reason for this - the coast road from John o'Groats to Inverness is not a great motorcycling road. It is usually very busy with cars and lorries. We take a significantly quieter route on the narrowest 'A' road in the UK. No lorries, very few cars but lots of sheep and Highland Cattle. True "Big Sky Country". A great days ride.
Day 5 - Strathpeffer/Inverness to South Lanarkshire (175 miles approx).
From Inverness we will continue along the Southern shores of Loch Ness using a quiet single track road. We will make a short stop at the Commando Monument at Spean Bridge before reaching the start of Glen Coe and a lunch stop. After lunch we have 20 miles of unadulterated motorcycling fun - bends, twists, more bends and some fantastic scenery as we head through the magical Glencoe Valley - The Munros are just so imposing and so beautiful.
Day 6 - South Lanarkshire to Newcastle/South Shields (200 miles approx).
A cross country ride back into England and the Northumberland National Park for our final leg to Geordie Land. In the morning we will ride great motorcycling roads to the historic town of Peebles. Then we cross the border on one of the best roads in the UK into Kielder forest. An absolutely fabulous way to finish the tour.
Day 7 - Newcastle/South Shields to Home
A breakfast at your leisure and then we say our goodbyes having shared lots of memories and made lots of new friends.