Join us on one of our exciting Motorcycle Tours in 2019
Come and experience one of our guided motorcycle tours in 2019. Expertly researched, fully guided by professionals, great accommodation in fabulous locations, all at a great value for money price.
We have been riding these roads for many years now, exploring new places to visit every year, Scotland just keeps throwing more and more exciting places to visit, at the start of January 2019 we decided to advertise a lot more and build our own website, Scottish Moto Adventures wants to continue to share the adventure with you.
Riding a motorcycle on the best roads in Scotland, through glorious scenery with like-minded folk – one of life’s great pleasures. An adventure awaits around every bend, lifelong friendships made on every tour.
Whether you are new to motorcycling or are a hardened motorcycle adventurer, we have a tour for you, from 3 day tours to 3 week tours, we have something for everyone, and tours all over Scotland include the famous North Coast 500, Tour of the Hebrides, Coast to Coast Tours, Whisky Trail Tours etc, none of these will disappoint.
Experience the beautiful scenery, twisty roads and mountains around Scotland, with white sandy beaches, caves, old ruins, castles and many whisky distilleries. These adventure motorcycle holidays are truly life changing experiences.
Welcome to our Scottish Moto Adventures website. We look forward to seeing you on the next adventure.
NC500 Route Plus More
The North Highlands has become one of the most iconic destinations in Scotland because of the NC 500, The route we have planned around the NC500 helps you to discover the best the Highlands has to offer, from magical and mystical castles, sample amazing local produce, the wonderful distilleries and breweries, The North Coast 500 offers a truly unique touring experience, quite unlike anywhere else in the world and many of those who have done it have said it was life-changing for them.
Scottish Moto Adventures has put together a route of just over 850 miles of stunning coastal scenery, our route also includes many other nice places to visit such as Pitlochry, Aberfeldy, Glenshee, Aviemore, Fort William and Glencoe, as well as the North Coast 500, we have put together a 5 day tour that will see you riding along the best roads Scotland has to offer, the coastal edges of Scotland is simply stunning, taking in the regions of Wester Ross, Sutherland, Caithness, Easter Ross, the Black Isle and Inverness-Shire.
The route begins and ends in Glenrothes, Fife, with our route just over 850 miles of stunning scenery and road, The official start of the NC 500 starts at Inverness Castle, this is the perfect starting point to the NC route and offers unparalleled views from its viewing tower over the capital city of the Highlands.Come and see for yourself. Come and see why it is awe-inspiring.
Come and see what the world is talking about, and the best way to do it by motorcycle.
Scottish Moto Adventures Price List 2019 (950 mile tour including the North Coast 500)
DATES & PRICES
Date: 05th – 10th May 2019
Price Rider: £845 single rider, riding own motorcycle (Prices based on 2 riders sharing twin room)
Price Pillion: £745
Single Rider, Single Room – £895
Group Size: (Min 4 Riders – Max 8 Riders)
If you are interested in specific dates, please email me and I will see if I can help out. (Min 4 riders)
We can offer the following tour packages and accommodation – Camping, Wild Camping, Glamping Pods, Wig Wams, Guest Houses and Log Cabins
- A route which has been fully researched to maximise your holiday tour
- Complimentary meal on the first night
- Quality accommodation
- Leisure facilities
- 6 Nights in 3* minimum hotels/guest house accommodation including meet up hotel 1st day and last day
- All breakfasts
- Full tour package
- Scottish Moto Adventures goody bag
- Detailed Map
- GPS Maps
- Fully Guided by Jamie Todd
- Jamie and Ruth on their motorcycle to accompany & support the group (Currently riding BMW GS Adventure)
- Motorcycle Hire (although I can arrange motorcycle hire if required)
- Riding equipment (although I can supply riding gear if required)
- Lunches and Dinners (Unless specified above)
- Insurances – Bike and Travel
- Fees into Tourist Attractions
- Parking Charges
- Breakdown Cover
- Flights and Transfers (these can be arranged if required)
- Ferry Crossings (Depending on which tour you are on)
Motorcycle and Equipment Prep Before Joining The Tour
- Please check both tyres are good and have more than enough life left in them to last the trip.
- Check your bike over before coming on tour, engine serviced if required, brakes, lights, coolant, fork seals etc
It is worth carrying the following items
- Motorcycle puncture repair kit
- Basic toolkit (Spanners, screw driver, pliers, snips, small 1/4 drive socket set, adjustable wrench etc)
- Chain cleaner and lube
- Helmet and Visor cleaner
- Small compact air compressor
- Spare bike key
- Spare spark plugs (Make sure you have spark plug key to remove)
- Litre of correct grade of engine oil suitable for your bikes engine
- Security locks – (chain lock or disc lock)
- Cable ties
- Electrical tape
Note – Please make sure your bike is road worthy, MOT`d, Taxed and Insured before joining the tour
Packing List Guide
- Suitable motorcycle clothing, helmet, gloves, boots etc…
- Warm riding gear (Scotland’s weather can change very quickly)
- Dry bags
- Windproof clothing
- Casual clothes
- Sunglasses – If you’re not into black visors, then use sunglasses when you’re riding in the daytime, and take them off at night.
- Suitable Waterproofs
- Helmet Intercom Kit (including charger cable)
- Spare gloves
- Travel towel
- Toiletry bag
- Insect repellent
- Prescribed medication
- Emergency contact details (These will also be required for our booking form)
- Basic First aid kit
- Local currency (£££££)
- Credit card and cash
- GPS to program in the supplied waypoints if you have one, or backup maps
- A Torch (Head torch or hand held torch including spare batteries)
- Camera (with spare batteries or charging cable, camera case and spare SD cards)
- Suitable USB charging cable for gadgets/12v power adaptor
- Photo copies of the following documentation – MOT Certificate, V5 Logbook, Valid Passport, drivers license, insurance documents
- Suitable breakdown insurance cover
- Travel insurance (that covers motorcycle touring)
- Motorcycle insurance policy documentation covering countries on the route
- High Vis jacket
BUT MOST OF ALL
A sense of adventure – Travelling on a motorcycle with friends and having new experience is one of the most enlightening things you can do. Enjoy it, savour the experience, obey the speed limits, and most of all, ride safe.
If you’re not sure about your specific needs and the trip you’re about to book, please contact our Scottish Moto Adventures team to assist.
Scottish Moto Adventures FAQs
Q:What exactly is a guided tour?
A:Specifically referring to the “guided” tours, this means that a motorcycle-riding guide, or some combination of specialists in the area you’ll be traveling will be guiding you along the way. Guided tours typically have the hotel/guest house package, meals, and other features included in the tour, so without a doubt, this is the most convenient type of tour to take. For guided tours, simply reserve your spot in advance.
Just relax, ride, and enjoy!
Q:What is a self-guided motorcycle tour?
A: Just as it appears, this means that the convenience of a motorcycle-riding guide to show you the way is not included. Instead of having a riding guide, you would have some combination of a hotel package, a road book or route notes, GPS, maps, or possibly other ferries, national parks, or other train/bus arrangements that we prepare to make the trip easy for you. You would essentially be your own “guide,” which means it’s still possible to experience the same route that the guided tours go on, only it won’t be as convenient as having another rider or a group to follow along with. Self-guided tours typically cut your costs by 20-30% instead of a guided tour, by the time you’ve paid for all your fuel, hotels, meals, transfers, etc.
Q:What is a “Private” group motorcycle tour?
A: It’s exactly what the name implies: A group that consists entirely of just yourself, or just the group of friends, family, or co-workers that you’d like to share a great riding experience with. When you see a guided tour listed on our website with fixed departure dates, those trips are open to the public, so anyone from around the world could end up riding together to fill out the group. In between those “public” dates, we have many opportunities to guide your private group without allowing outsiders. Please keep in mind, the more people you have, the lower the per-rider cost for a private group tour. As there are common or “fixed” costs like the guide(s), their hotels, food, salaries, etc., the more people you have in your private group, the less of the “fixed” costs each rider needs to pay.
Q: What is a motorcycle rental?
A: Very similar to a self-guided tour, this essentially means you just want the motorcycle to use for the specific dates you reserve for, and don’t need hotel packages, road books, etc. In most cases maps or route notes are still included, and we’re more than happy to help you plan a route, but a pure motorcycle rental includes the least amount of services, and therefore it is the lowest-cost option.
Q: What`s included in these guided tours, self-guided tours or motorcycle rentals?
A: The answer changes between each tour and rental, based on location, dates, etc. Please contact Scottish Moto Adventures if you need help.
Q: What level of riding ability do I need to participate in a tour or ride on my own?
A: The answer varies between the many options we proudly offer, this is difficult to summarize in a few words. In general, none of the trips are meant for complete beginners who are new to motorcycle riding, but instead are for experienced riders who are quite comfortable around motorcycles, their controls, and have been consistently riding in the past year or two. You’ll need a specific motorcycle endorsement on your license, and in some cases need to provide us with a copy of your motorcycle license that will be used during your trip. Please see our other FAQs regarding riding terrain, duration, typical weather, hours of riding each day, and be sure to email us so we can help determine if you’re ready for our tours we have to offer. Your safety and enjoyment are top priorities for us, so let’s make sure you choose a trip that you are ready for! If in doubt, Please contact us about your interests, experience etc and we can help make sure you are “fit” for the tour ahead.
Q: How long are typical riding days?
A: Riding days can vary from as little as 95 miles to 300 miles per day or possibly, depending on the trip you choose. However, we encourage you to think of this in terms of “riding time,” not the “distance ridden” as 200 miles on the twisty single track roads around Scotland can make for a very long full on riding day. Much the same, some days will include ferry crossings, side excursions, or other activities depending on the trip you choose, so just keep in mind that we design itineraries that make full use of your vacation time, and it would be difficult to get bored at any time.
Q: What`s the difference between Guided and Escorted Tours?
A: Guided Tours – Have no maps to read, or route directions to follow – you will be led by an experienced guide whose local knowledge will ensure that you get to see all the right places and ride some of the best roads in Scotland.
Escorted Tours – Means that although the guide will be with you, you are responsible for doing your own navigation. We provide a Tour Pack which will include the relevant notes, suggested route directions and information for you to find your destination. This system suits many people, as it allows them to ride at their own pace and style, either alone or in small groups. However, if it is your first time riding in Scotland, or you just prefer, you may ride with the guide, who will act as your escort throughout the tour. GPS routes are also available for those with sat navs.
Q: Tour Difficulty
A: Level 1 – These routes are the most basic we offer either as guided or self-guided trips. Such a route will be riding on tarmac roads (accept for a possible gravel driveway or road construction spot,) and generally don’t have much in the way of complicated twists and turns. Factors like altitude, weather, wind, traffic, etc. are of a minimum concern to the average motorcycle rider.
Level 2 – These routes are typically either completely tarmacked, or almost completely tarmacked, but may contain about 1-5% or so of simple hard-packed gravel/dirt necessary to proceed in spots along the same itinerary. The riding will likely have some twists and turns, and factors like weather, altitude, wind, and traffic are typically not a concern, but may not be perfect of course during your trip. All routes on our website are chosen for being the most fun, interesting, and beautiful ways to ride all over Scotland.
Level 3 – These routes can be anywhere from about 25-75% off-road, A significant amount of gravel, dirt, light sand, or riding on rocks can be expected, so generally speaking, motorcycle riders who have ridden on this type of terrain previously and successfully on the same or similar motorcycles won’t have a problem when on the motorcycles used for these routes. However, these routes might be graded as a Level 3 due to factors like rough weather, altitude, high winds, or some long days that will test a rider’s endurance.
Q: What kind of weather can be expected on a trip?
A: This is another one that all depends on the month and location that you choose a trip in, as we have a list of options and are growing all the time. And that sometimes, there’s a wide range of weather possibilities on our Scottish trips. If you want to make sure you’re choosing a trip that suits your hopes for weather, please be sure to Contact Us and we’ll help you make a “statistically wise” choice.
Q: Do I need to bring my own riding gear?
A: In almost every situation, we would strongly advise you to arrive with your own riding gear, you need us to supply riding gear we can arrange this for you if required, Please confirm this with us as you’re selecting a trip, and also if you want some riding gear recommendations.
Q: How do I pack for a long motorcycle trip?
A: If you’ve chosen a guided motorcycle tour, self-guided, or whatever the case, the things you’ll need to bring can vary by quite a bit. Be sure to confirm with us what’s included in your motorcycle trip, please see our website page on “How to Pack for Your Motorcycle Trip.” Guided tours for example will mean you don’t need to worry about tools, oils, lubes, etc. so you can eliminate accordingly.
Q: Can we pay by Credit card or PayPal?
A: I am sure you are aware that both these means of payment incur a charge which inevitably is passed onto the customer. Therefore for the present, we prefer to keep your costs as low as possible by only accepting cheques or Bank Transfers.
Q: What motorcycle luggage is included?
A: This answer varies between each motorcycle rental company or tour package you may be considering, please refer to the specific details on our website per your interest.
Q: Does Scottish Moto Adventures do bike hire?
A: Unfortunately we don`t do bike hire, but should you wish to come on one of our tours, we can arrange bike hire for you via one of our local motorcycle dealers. All tour prices are based on you supplying your own motorcycle and riding equipment.
Q: Do I need a motorcycle license to rent a motorcycle and join the tour?
A: Yes, a valid motorcycle license from your home country specifically with the motorcycle endorsement is necessary, this will be confirmed at the starting point of your tour. This is not only for legal & insurance reasons, but also for the safety of yourself and the people on the road with you.
Q: What kind of weather will we encounter and riding gear will I need to ride?
A: The simple rule is: Anything is possible in Scotland, so prepare accordingly. Let’s talk about our specific tour before you decide. Scottish seasons and various locations need to be considered. Always feel free to contact us to make sure you are prepared for what you might encounter.
Q: What type of accommodation do we stay in whilst on tour?
A: This varies from tour to tour, and of course our custom & private group tours can pre-select the level of comfort they wish for on their group. In Scotland, generally speaking, we have plenty of 3, 4, and 5 star hotels available along all tour routes, we can also arrange to stay in Log Cabins, Wig Wams, Guest Houses, Camping and Wild Camping etc. Please see the description of each tour to confirm more about what is included.
Q: Can pillions participate in tours?
A: Absolutely! Be sure to check the pricing and description for each tour to determine the costs and what’s included for someone to ride on the back of a motorcycle.
Q: What is a typical motorcycle tour day?
A: We will usually meet for breakfast around 8:00 AM and discuss the day’s ride over breakfast. We briefly cover the route, riding conditions and group riding hand signals etc. We will ride about 3 hours and break for lunch. We will ride about another 3 or 4 hours before stopping for the evening.
Q: How many people are included in each tour?
A: Generally speaking, we like to stick to a maximum of 8 riders – motorcycle limit to groups to help keep a feeling of “togetherness” throughout these amazing riding experiences. Only a few special circumstances or custom/private group situations would we exceed 8 motorcycles, and then it would likely involve a 2nd Tour Guide and Support Vehicle to follow.
Q: Do you have a limit on the type of motorcycle/scooter you will accept?
A: On all Scottish Moto Adventures tours we recommend that your motorcycle or scooter has a minimum engine size of 500cc or above, please contact us if you have any queries regarding motorcycle type/engine size.
Q: What happens if my motorcycle breaks down?
A: We understand that everything mechanical can break especially ones with hundreds of moving parts like a motorcycle. You should complete all periodic maintenance weeks prior to your tour. If you are not capable of servicing your motorcycle, take your motorcycle to a dealer to make sure your motorcycle is running in optimal condition. ALL RIDERS must have adequate break down cover that covers you in an emergency. We still highly recommend that all riders have their bike serviced at required intervals as per the manufacturer’s recommendations and that all riders perform a T-CLOCK inspection at least once a day before the start of the ride. If you are not familiar with a T-CLOCK inspection we will provide that information to you prior to the ride. Some of our tours are accompanied with a backup support vehicle (Please see correct tour details for more info)
Q: I have never been on a motorcycle tour before, will I hold everybody up?
A: No, this is a tour, not a race – whenever there is a group of riders together, you get a wide range of experience and riding abilities. We are quite used to this, and you will never be asked to ride beyond your capabilities. However, you owe it to yourself and the others on tour to be a competent rider and choose a tour within your riding capabilities.
Q: How can I keep in touch with friends and family during the trip?
A: Without a doubt, many of the motorcycle trips we promote venture into some “remote” places around Scotland. However, most hotels and guest houses have internet Wi-Fi and mobile phone capabilities these days have 3G and 4G signal, so keeping in touch in the evenings at our destination is rarely a problem.
Q: What happens in the case of an emergency or injury during the trip?
A: These situations are few and far between, as we strive to travel at smart and responsible pace that helps us avoid accidents. In the event of an urgent situation, we will be able to assist as well as contacting emergency services on 999.
Q: Are flights and airport transfers included?
A: Please check to see what’s included with the specific tour you’re interested in, as the answer about flights may differ from tour to tour. If you need to arrange your own flights, we’ll be happy to help you select an itinerary that gives you ample time around the start and end of your tour.
Q: Is there a minimum number of riders needed for a tour?
A: Yes, each tour package or event may have a different minimum number of riders for the tour you’re interested in, we try and base our tours around a minimum of 4 riders with a maximum of 8 riders on tour. (Custom tours vary as we can use more tour guides to assist with larger groups)
Q: How can I confirm a tour or motorcycle rental?
A: Please follow our reservations link to confirm what will undoubtedly be an amazing adventure!
Scottish Moto Adventures operates its motorcycle rental through a number of third parties depending on tour start location. You will be provided with their full terms and conditions prior to rental and give us authorisation to contact these companies and put them in touch with you where required to setup these arrangements. What follows is a summary of the Terms and Conditions for Motorcycle hire. For the full terms and conditions please refer to the Motorcycle Hire Terms and Conditions Document of the relevant third party prior to signing.
Scottish Moto Adventures Motorcycle Hire is arranged through a reputable third party local supplier. Each Participant(s) will be obliged to sign the local terms and conditions of hire on arrival. Each Participant(s) will be required to pay the appropriate deposit to the local supplier prior to hire.
In rare circumstances, the local supplier may not be able to provide the exact motorcycle of choice. This may occur due to unforeseen circumstances such as mechanical failure, collision damage or theft
Scottish Moto Adventures has access to a wide variety of Motorcycle including:
- Kawasaki – Sports and Touring
- KTM – Adventure Road Bikes
- Harley Davidson
NC 500 3 Day Tour – March 2019
A wonderful tour and couldn’t have been any happier. Beautiful locations, scenery, roads, guest houses and an excellent tour guide who was very attentive and helpful. Will certainly recommend and be booking another tour. Many thanks
NC 500 3 Day Tour – March 2019
Incredible views, stunning scenery and a really great company to go with. It was a little rough at the top of Scotland due to the time of year, very windy but that added to the experience, after all we were meters from the north sea I guess. Some of the roads and scenic routes we took I would have never found myself which is why I opted to go with Scottish Moto Adventures so I didn’t have to faff about trying to plan the route. I was also impressed with the guest houses we stayed at, very friendly people and the food was great. Overall a fantastic experience.
NC 500 3 Day Tour – March 2019
Organised well, great roads to ride on and fantastic scenery Scotland has to offer, very good group of lads, great company to be with, a good leisurely 3 day tour on the bikes, fantastic riding experience in all weather.
Having had the NC500 on my ‘must do’ list for a couple of years, I signed up for the Scottish Moto Adventures Tour in May 2019, led by Jamie Todd. The whole experience from start to finish was fantastic. Jamie is just the ideal tour guide. Professionally planned and delivered by a man who is obviously passionate and experienced in all to do with motorcycling in the Scottish Highlands and Islands. The route, roads, views and ‘attractions’ that Jamie incorporated in the tour were just amazing, and way beyond anything I could have planned for myself even with research. Overnight accommodation and food stops were consistently good throughout the trip. Jamie took an interest in my interests, and ‘tweaked’ the tour in many respects to maximise my enjoyment. Personally, I will be back doing business with Scottish Moto Adventures in the not too distant future and, based on my experience, would recommend any biker wishing to experience Scotland to do the same!