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Thunder in the Glens Guided Motorcycle Tour

7 Days / 6 Nights,  approx 800 miles + Rideouts


24 – 30 August 2016

This Hadrian V Twin Tour is guided by Dot and John Johnston

Tour Map


titg2Ride 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

9am We leave Newcastle to ride up the DSCF0008coastal 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.

Day 2

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.

Day 3



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.


Day 4 

Free day to enjoy the Rally, including trade stalls, custom bike show, Chapter Games, TITG Itinerary Day 4 pictureand 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.

Day 5 

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 urquhart-castle-1-copyrightthe 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

Day 6  

Most of  the rally revellers are heading home today as we ride north in the direction of DSCF0004Inverness 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.                                140 miles

 Day 7  

titgs-april-july2010099Homeward bound 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 Newcastle at around 4pm and say our farewells at the end  of our Scottish adventure.                                   225 miles




2016 Bring your own Bike Prices

Prices Per Person: £ Price Per Person
2 people, 1 bike, 1 room £1145
2 people, 2 bikes, 1 room £1185
1 person, 1 bike, 1 room £2160

What’s Included:  6 nights bed & breakfast in 4* hotels. Rally entrance, with Rally T-shirt (while stocks last), Rally pin. Support vehicle, Tour guides.

 Tour with Bike Rental Prices

Prices Per Person: £ Price Per Person
2 people, 1 bike, 1 room £1585
2 people, 2 bikes, 1 room £2065
1 person, 1 bike, 1 room £3040

What’s Included: Harley-Davidson rental including fully comprehensive insurance, helmet for rider & pillion, 6 nights bed & breakfast in 4* hotels. Rally entrance, with Rally T-shirt (while stocks last), Rally pin. Support vehicle, Tour guides.

We can also arrange 5* Bed & Breakfast accommodation at a popular local pub before and after the tour, at approximately £85 per room/night. Please ask for details.

We are situated near Newcastle airport & train station, and offer a complimentary collection/drop-off service for anyone renting one of our bikes.

Please ensure you have read Hadrian V-Twin Tours & Rentals Guided tour Terms and Conditions

To reserve a place or to make an enquiry about this tour please  Contact Us

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5 Comments to "Thunder in the Glens Guided Motorcycle Tour"
  1. Kevin says:

    Is the date for 2013 thunder in the glens been confirmed?

  2. Kevin says:

    Excellent thank you.

  3. Tracey Allan says:

    can you let me know when the ride out in aviemore is next year thanks

    • Dot Johnston says:

      Hi Tracey,
      Dunedin Chapter HOG have their ride out at their Thunder in the Glens Rally on Saturday 29 August 2015. But go for the whole weekend & join in all of the fun!
      Kind regards,

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