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post #1 of 4 Old 02-16-2011, 09:36 AM Thread Starter
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Input on Norther England and Scotland Must Sees

My friend and I are coming back to the UK to do more of the highways and byways. Last year was southern England and Wales, so this year is northern England and Scotland. I was an AWESOME trip - so many great roads and great people that pointed us to local highpoints! Like last year, I am posting a thread for suggestions. The rough plan is to head north to Lake District and Hadrian's Wall then in Scotland on west coast. From Glasgow, we'll do Oban, Isle of Mull, Inverness, Skye (maybe further depending on timing) then across east and down to Perth, Edinburgh. We'll see the Geordies in Newcastle (go you Magpies!) before heading back south. We have the bikes from June 14 to June 27-28.

Any input would be great.

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post #2 of 4 Old 04-12-2011, 03:37 PM
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non-native but willing to help

I obviously am not from there and can't provide the quality perspective that they can, but have had the fortune of being able to spend a fair bit of time in Northern England and various parts of Scotland over the past 10 years, primarily for hiking. One of my W Yorkshire hiking partners is an avid motorcyclist (Triumph Street Triple) and would have some good recommendations if you want me to forward this on to him. And, I'd be glad to offer what little I know if you'd like. Are you primarily looking for/at routes? Places to stay? Must see sites/sights? Wanting to do any short walks/hikes? What time of year going? Can you fly faster than a midge? PM me for further info. cheers and excellent choice of places to visit! M
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post #3 of 4 Old 04-12-2011, 07:28 PM
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Lake District - Kirkstone Pass , great road
Motorbike Ride : A592 : Windermere - Penrith (Kirkstone Pass)

Then head up to Scotland, making sure you take a left towards Dumfries, and ride up the south west coast (often overlooked, but beautiful, and as a wee example, takes in Culzean Castle, Rabbie Burns cottage, the Electric Brae Electric Brae - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia, Ailsa Craig (where the stone for curling stones come from) etc etc etc etc etc

Get to Troon, then take the ferry to Arran (Brodick) it's 1 hour. Ride round Arran, it's like all of Scotland in miniature. Be warned, the roads are terrible for potholes, so it's great on a Strom.

Then get the ferry from Lochranza on Arran to Claonaig (Mull of Kintyre and all that) then head up the road to Inverary (lovely wee town, , and a nice pier and a big Castle, Duke of Argyll's place if I remember right (I sneaked in just where you go over a wee brick bridge, and camped on his land with nobody botherin me. )

From Inverary go up the way towards Glencoe, or double back a wee bit to Lochgilphead and go up the coast way north, awesome roads. Head to Skye whichever way takes your fancy from there, it's all good.

Places you must go. Skye, Glencoe, Inverness (Culloden battlefield) , Loch Ness monster and all (fingers crossed it doesn't eat you alive)

There's millions of brilliant places to go in Scotland, it's jam packed with them. The art gallery in Glasgow is awesome. The 18th hole at St Andrews will blow you away if you know golf at all, you'll be shocked how much it is actually in the town.

Stirling Castle and the Wallace Monument (Battle of Bannockburn) are great too.

But , it's all about the roads. Personally, I think you'd get a better route up the West Coast of Scotland, and back from Inverness , via Fort William (Ben Nevis) , Crianlarich and down to Glasgow, then you could head towards Edinburgh/ the South East (some great roads in the borders) down to Newcastle, another awesome place, make sure you get out to a busy pub there. I think anyone would enjoy that more than the east side, it's much more samey, flatter etc., and boring (there are some great bits, but less of them, and not so strung together)

I could go on, but need to draw a line somewhere. If you want to know any more, just ask. I'm not terribly up to date, but I learned to ride a motorcycle by riding all of those roads, every chance I got, 17000 miles in my first year, on a wee 250 honda (poor thing)

For such a relatively small landmass, Scotland is jam packed with motorcycling goodness.

Things to watch out for.
Deer, Sheep, Sheep, idiot tourists in cars stopping to take photos, Sheep, Peacocks (seriously, on Arran I nearly ran into 1, bugger opened all it's plumage, and was suddenly gigantic)
Sheep and midges. You can camp for free most places, wild camping is legal (but don't take liberties). Also, if you get on single track roads (which are great) , keep an eye out for passing places, cos car drivers are too busy looking at the scenery, and can be a bit dozy)

Want more? Happy to oblige.
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Spot on with those recommendations from my Yank experience in Scotland as well. Others that stood out to me include the following:

1. The Applecross road just above Kyle of Locash
2. The Torridon area - lots of roads out around the lakes there and in between that would be perfect for a Vee or Wee. Take in the pub at Loch Torridon (right next to the fancy old lodge Queen Victoria used to frequent).
3. Up by Gairloch and out to the end of the road/lighthouse to stay in past Melvaig
4. All along the west side of Sutherland north of Ullapool (but that may be a bit far north - desolate but amazingly beautiful!
5. DEFINITELY the Glen Coe area and riding across Rannoch Moor between Ballachulish and Bridge of Orchy
6. I'd echo staying along the west/west central side until you go over to Edinburgh. However, if you're in the area of Loch Tay, there's a fun route on the northwest side of it to take (Glen Lyon) that has some great windy roads and views.
7. If you would like a short walk/bit of exercise if you're staying in the Fort William area, take a drive up Glen Nevis to the end of the road, park the bike and walk the short mile hike up to the Stehl Falls and the cable bridge. Gorgeous and an easy walk/hike!
8. On Skye, Dunvegan is the seat of Clan McLeod, I believe - interesting. Talisker distillery as well out there. Great brew pub at Sligachan. To the west of Sligachan you can then sneak around the backside of the Cuillins - amazing views of mtns and coast on fun roads.
9. Mull is also a fun island to ride on, though I'd pick Skye over it if you're limited for time.
10. Inverness is okay, but other than the road along Ness (either side can be fun), I'd probably stick to the western coast and then cut through Glen Coe/Rannoch Moor for your return trip . . .

Put it this way - no matter what you choose, it'll be great. If I weren't so in love with Montana, I'd look to move to Northern England in a heartbeat so as to play in England, Scotland and Wales!

Have fun! M
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