So I am coming to the UK for a solo tour from last week of June to end of first week of June. I am picking up my rental Strom in London and then heading out for 12 days on the road in hopes of hitting the south coast, into Wales, then north into Scotland.
Here is what I am looking for input on:
#1 - other than jacket, pants, gloves and helmet, what gear should I bring (already have camel back, GPS, sunnies, thermals, camera)?
#2 - what are some routes and spots that I shouldnt miss?
#3 - what's the weather likely to be like?
if I can ask how much is it to rent a Strom (per day?). I may do the same at some point since Im from Scotland and wouldnt mind flying into Heathrow and riding to Glasgow.
Gear to take - rain gear for sure. You may get lucky and get sun but rain gear will get used.
Where to go...forget about England (except for a run around quaint English villages in the Cotswolds (just over an hour from London - head to Oxford and then go via Woodstock/Blenheim Palace)...after this head straight for Scotland.
Why? Empty roads, great scenery and castles. How to get there - straight up the M6 - 370 miles or so from London. Expect it to take around 7 hours on the bike. Avoid the M6 around rush hour times especially of passing Birmingham or Manchester.
Once in Scotland spend a night in Glasgow (go to a typical Glasgow pub such as the Griffin
or longest bar in Europe - the Horseshoe Bar -both typical Glasgow pubs. After Glasgow ride up the A82 to Loch Lomond and when you get to the split in the road at Tarbert take either route
. They are both very good for riding! For wildness and loch-side castles (and to see the famous Mull of Kintyre) go left and for the Drovers Inn, Bridge of Orchy go right. Do NOT miss the ride across Rannoch Moor or the ride into Glencoe - these are both iconic
. For some interesting riding go to Ardnamuchan point - most westerly point on the British Isles.
From Fort William head on up to Eilan Donnan castle/Glenfinnan and soak up the Scottish history - Glenfinnan is where Bonnie Prince Charlie came ashore for the doomed campaign. From here head to the Isle of Skye -you will not regret it. Do a loop of the Island....see the Table Top mountains on the west side as well as the blue coral beaches. After Skye take the ferry to Lewis...its like another world...you will enjoy it! From Lewis go over to Ulapool and head north - the roads get narrower and narrower and will be empty (except for the sheep). Head to the top, see the cave at the headland then bear right and head for John o Groats - what a road this is!
From John o Groats head south to Macbeths castle
...wild place by the North Sea. Perhaps head for Balmoral and see where the Queen stays in summer. Take the road from here over the Cairngorm mountains ....more great riding. Head for Pitlochry...and see the fish ladder (nothing special but nice little town)....from Pitlochry take the back roads west...just amazing riding.....or head over to St Andrews and see the great beach and oldest golf course. From here nip over to Edinburgh and see the castle, the tourist shops, where Trainspotting was filmed
After all this head back to England stopping in at York and see where William Wallace (Braveheart) sacked the town
You`ll have a great time!