Thunder in the Glens Guided Motorcycle Tour
Tour the Scottish Highlands and visit the UK’s largest motorcycle rally
9 Days / 8 Nights, approx 800 miles + Rideouts
21 to 29 August 2018
20 to 28 August 2019
Guided by April and Mick Goodwin
Ride Northumberland’s unspoiled coastal route and cross the border into Bonnie Scotland. Based in Aviemore for Thunder in the Glens, the UK’s biggest and best HOG Rally, and ideally situated to explore the glens, lochs, heather-clad mountains, and whisky distilleries of the beautiful Scottish Highlands.
Day 1 Arrive Newcastle
Your first night will be in Ponteland, a small Northumbrian village, staying in The Diamond Inn which is located in the centre of the village and close to local restaurants.
9am We leave Newcastle to ride up the coastal route via the spectacular castles of Warkworth, Alnwick, (used in the Harry Potter films), and Chillingham, reputed to be the most haunted castle in England. Crossing the River Tweed into Scotland, we travel northwards into Edinburgh, where we’ll spend two nights in our comfortable city centre hotel. 120 miles.
Free Day to explore Edinburgh. There’s so much to see and do in Scotland’s capital city, especially as the world’s largest arts festival, The Fringe, is on just now. The whole city is buzzing with street performers, and many comedy, dance or theatre shows are playing at a host of venues in the city. In the evening, the magnificent Castle hosts the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo, spectacularly performed by British Armed Forces, Commonwealth, and International military bands and display teams, all rounded off with a jubilant fireworks display.
After a full Scottish breakfast, we’ll ride up into the Highlands, with a brief stop at Balmoral Castle, the Queen’s favourite residence, on the way. Across the beautiful biking roads of the Spittal of Glenshee winter skiing region, we’ll take in a whisky distillery before continuing on to our Aviemore hotel, ideally situated right on site for the increasingly popular Thunder in the Glens Rally. 180 miles.
Free day to enjoy the Rally, including trade stalls, custom bike show, Chapter Games, and not forgetting a selection of cracking bands for your evening entertainment! It’s great fun to ride in The Parade, led by flag bearing bikes through picturesque glens of purple heather, and small towns and villages where the streets are lined with cheering onlookers! The procession pauses for a while at neighbouring Grantown on Spey, where a huge food festival proudly exhibits local produce, handicrafts and music.
Why not join us on a ride to Loch Ness, home of the famous monster, Nessie! After a leisurely start we head off to the picturesque glens where we will circumnavigate Loch Ness. This is the second largest Scottish loch after Loch Lomond, and at it’s deepest point is 230 m (755 ft), deeper than the height of London’s BT Tower. It contains more fresh water than all the lakes in England and Wales combined, and is the largest body of water on the Great Glen Fault, which runs from Inverness in the north to Fort William in the south. We will stop for lunch at Fort Augustus, and watch the boats navigate the 5 locks of the Caledonian Canal.
Riding the sweeping roads of the north side of the loch we have a short break at Urquhart Castle, whose present ruins date from the 13th to the 16th centuries. It’s turbulent history and picturesque setting on the loch make it one of the most-visited castles in Scotland. Continuing through the historic town of Inverness we return to the party at Thunder in the Glens. 135 miles
Most of the rally revellers are heading home today as we ride north in the direction of Inverness to visit the famous Battlefield of Culloden, where Bonnie Prince Charlie’s Scottish forces were cruelly defeated by the English in 1746. We will have plenty of time to take in the battlefield, and learn all about that terrible battle, the events leading up to it, and it’s consequences. Riding on through the Spey Valley, we’ll take a whisky distillery tour to see how Scotland’s best known export is made.
Heading back to Ponteland today, riding south across the famous Forth Road Bridge with a lunch stop in the historic and picturesque town of Queensferry, on the banks of the Forth of Firth. We’ll return to Ponteland at around 4pm and you will have a final night at The Diamond Inn. 225 miles
Departure day, and we look forward to riding with you again!
|Prices Per Person:||With M/C Hire||BYOB*|
|2 people, 1 bike, 1 room||£2395 ($3195)||£1595|
|2 people, 2 bikes, 1 room||£3395 ($4595)||£1995|
|1 person, 1 bike, 1 room||£4495 ($5995)||£2995|
|Prices Per Person:||With M/C Hire||BYOB*|
|2 people, 1 bike, 1 room||£2465 ($3280)||£1640|
|2 people, 2 bikes, 1 room||£3495 ($4650)||£2050|
|1 person, 1 bike, 1 room||£4630 ($6155)||£3080|
*BYOB = Bring your own bike price
What’s Included: Harley-Davidson rental including fully comprehensive insurance, helmet for rider & pillion, 8 nights bed & breakfast in 4* hotels. Rally entrance, with Rally T-shirt (while stocks last), Rally pin. Fuel, support vehicle, Tour guides.
We are situated near Newcastle airport & train station, and offer a complimentary collection/drop-off service for anyone renting one of our bikes.
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