935.0 mi = 1496.0 km
Summer
60.0 - 100.0 °F = 15.6 - 37.8 °C

Thunder in the Glens Motorcycle Tour

Guided Tour 7 Days / 6 Nights
Tour Map

Ride Northumberland’s unspoilt coastal route and cross the Border into Bonnie Scotland. Based in Aviemore for the Thunder in the Glens Rally, and ideally situated to explore the glens, lochs and mountains of the beautiful Scottish Highlands.

Tour Itinerary

Leave Newcastle at 9am, then we’ll ride up the coastal route via the spectacular castles of Warkworth, Alnwick, (used in the Harry Potter films), Bamburgh and Chilingham, reputed to be the most haunted castle in England. Crossing the River Tweed into Scotland, we travel northwards into Edinburgh, where we’ll stay the night in our comfortable city centre hotel. The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo is held in the castle nearby, and you have the opportunity to experience this world famous spectacle (must be booked in advance)
After a full Scottish breakfast, we’ll ride up into the Highlands, with a stop at Balmoral Castle, the Queens 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 for the increasingly popular Thunder in the Glens Rally. Staying at www.aviemorehighlandresort.com whilst at the rally.
Free day to enjoy the Rally, including trade stalls, custom bike show, Chapter Games, and not forgetting 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.
Most of the rally revelers 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 perhaps watch a film show depicting the battle. On our way back to Aviemore through some of Scotland’s most magnificent scenery, we will visit the Dallas Dhu distillery to pave the way for a little taster of tomorrows ride.
Whiskey Trail Day! We have a coffee break en route at Logie Steading. We will then ride a circular route to go past as many distilleries as possible and stopping at some of the well known ones for a visit, such as Glen Grant, Cardhu and Glenlivet . We will lunch at the famous Baxters food stop where in 1868 George Baxter borrowed £100 from family members to open a small grocery shop in the village of Fochabers. Here, in the back shop, his wife Margaret began making jams and jellies with fruits from the local area. Baxters are one of today’s leading food manufactures, all from these humble beginnings.
Homeward bound today, riding south across the famous Forth Road Bridge with a lunch stop in picturesque South Queensferry, a historic little town 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.
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