21 day motorcycle tour of the UK and Ireland
Tour Duration: 21 days / 20 nights
Head west to visit Stonehenge, Salisbury Cathedral, and Bath. Continue into Wales over the Brecon Beacons and then head north to Snowdonia. Ride some of the best roads in North Wales and visit Liverpool, home of the Beatles. Then across the Irish Sea to the Emerald Isle to spend 7 days exploring roads voted the best in Ireland by Irish bikers themselves. See the world famous Giants Causeway, the Titanic Museum in Belfast and ride the renowned ‘Ring of Kerry’ – and experience the amazing hospitality of the Irish people.
Cross back over to the UK and head northwards into Scotland… there’s no other place on Earth like it. It’s beautiful, it’s historic, it’s rugged. Again, the hospitality and the scenery will delight you. From riding through the Highland hills and glens, past mountains and lochs, and on the awesome roads of the ‘North Coast 500’, to majestic Edinburgh and the incredible friendly people, you will experience a tour like no other. Say goodbye to Scotland and then ride south to visit the National Parks of northern England, the renowned ’Cat and Fiddle’ road and visit the National Motorcycle Museum for a feast of classic British bikes.
To make your tour even more memorable, Magellan has hand-picked hotels and Inns which have luxurious charm and architectural character. All your accommodation is rated 4-Star and 5-Star or equivalent, so you can relax and enjoy great British and Irish hospitality at the end of every day’s ride.
Day 1: 146 miles. Leave RoadTrip on your bike ride through the South Downs National Park and along the A272, which is regarded as one of the best biking roads in the UK. Ride through the New Forest to wonder at the mediaeval splendour of Salisbury Cathedral. Ride on to visit the ancient World Heritage site of Stonehenge.
Day 2: 200 miles. Head into Wales across the Severn River and visit the stunning National Showcaves. Ride the excellent mountain road over the Brecon Beacons and on through South Wales to the ancient city of Aberystwyth on the shore of Cardigan Bay.
Day 3: 170 miles. Ride northwards to Snowdonia in the morning and then on to some of the best roads in North Wales. See Conwy castle in the afternoon and then journey on to Liverpool. Your ferry to Ireland leaves at 21:00, (check-in opens 19:00). You will arrive in Dublin at 06:00 the following morning.
Day 4: 165 miles. Ride north from Dublin to Belfast. You will head up the east coast of Ireland and visit Kirkistown motor racing circuit, home of the Kirkistown 500 and then Strangford Lough.
Day 5: A day off the bike to explore Belfast. Visit the amazing Titanic Museum on the site the great liner was built, take a Segway tour, visit Queen’s University, the Botanic Gardens and the Cathedral quarter. A great chance to explore Irish history and culture before exploring the rest of this beautiful island.
Day 6: 144 miles of coastal riding, a haunted house, the Giants Causeway and the oldest whiskey distillery in Ireland are all on the way.
Day 7: 165 miles. A scenic ride down the west coast of Ireland on roads voted the best in Ireland by Irish bikers themselves. A waterbus tour of Donegal Bay at lunchtime and great views are on offer.
Day 8: 195 miles. National Parks and prehistoric peat bogs await as once again you follow some of the best riding routes in Ireland as you continue southward along the west coast.
Day 9: 224 miles. See Limerick and the beautiful Crag caves, before riding the World Heritage route that is the ‘The Ring of Kerry’.
Day 10: 216 miles. Ride round Kenmare Bay and then on to reach Blarney Castle. Kiss the famous Blarney Stone, then head on to Waterford, the home of Waterford Crystal.
Day 11: 109 miles. Visit a Celtic craft centre, an ancient monastery and then ride through the Wicklow Mountains on the road back to Dublin for the 15:10 return ferry trip to Holyhead in Anglesea (North Wales).
Day 12: 290 miles. Ride north skirting Liverpool and Lancaster you will head through the beautiful Lake District National Park. Then on to Gretna Green, and over the border in to Scotland.
Day 13: 216 miles. The start of your journey in Scotland will take you via the first Scottish capital city of Perth. Then head west riding through Glencoe to Fort William at the foot of Ben Nevis, the highest mountain in the British Isles.
Day 14: 150 miles. Explore the Isle of Skye. First stop is the majestic Eilean Donan castle, built in the 13th Centuryand strategically located at the meeting point of the three lochs, Duich, Alsh and Long. Next the award-winning Skye bridge and the stunning Cuillin mountain range, through Portree, then on to Dunvegan, the oldest continuously inhabited castle in Scotland Finally, to Talisker, home of Talisker whisky.
Day 15: 160 miles. Ride the Applecross road, passing over the peninsula at a height of 2053ft, which is sometimes above cloud level. Join the North Coast 500 route passing the Gairloch and on to your hotel in Ullapool, which is a pretty fishing village with a pier and traditional Celtic jewellers.
Day 16: 101 miles. Continuing along the NC 500, you trace a route up the north west coast of Scotland, passing through villages like Achiltibuie, Lochinver, and Scourie before arriving at Durness. See the amazing white sand beach and take the Cape Wrath mini bus to visit the most north westerly point of the UK mainland.
Day 17: 155 miles. Ride more of the North Coast 500 heading towards Inverness. Then loop back inland and make your way to the east coast road heading south passing through Dornoch with its 13th Century cathedral, old town jail and Dornoch Castle.
Day 18: 190 miles. Continuing south following the scenic route into the Cairngorms National Park. Passing through Aviemore and on to Pitlochry. Pitlochry, on the banks of the river Tummel, is a royal burgh in the central highlands of Perthshire. Then make passage southwards to Edinburgh.
Day 19: A day off the bike to explore Edinburgh – the “Athens of the North”. After 6 full days of riding, take a break and spend a day exploring one of the great cities of the UK. Visit the Castle (home of the Military Tattoo) overlooking Princes Street and its Gardens. See Calton hill, the old college, the ‘Auld Toon’, Princes Street, and climb the Scott Monument, or visit St. Giles Cathedral, Greyfriars and the Canongate. Edinburgh has much to offer, including great hospitality.
Day 20 : 225 miles. Leaving Scotland and passing through the Kielder Forest park, you visit Hadrian’s wall. Continuing south through the North York Moors National Park, you cross the Peak District National Park via the famous Snake pass to your hotel near Glossop.
Day 21 : 225 miles. Heading back south to Roadtrip to return your trusty steed, you visit the renowned National Motorcycle Museum with its huge collection of classic British bikes, before riding a route which has remained unchanged for almost 2000 years, the original Roman road to the north, the ‘Fosse way’.
Your Motorcycling Holiday includes:
- Motorcycle rental including luggage with liner bags, satnav (GPS) loaded with your routes, third-party insurance and roadside assistance.
- Ferry tickets and VE103 documentation (for Irish tours.)
- Full personalised tour pack, route plans, ride out routes, GPS co-ordinates and GPS routes.
- 4-Star and 5-Star or equivalent accommodation with character, including breakfast.
- Airport transfers from Heathrow or Gatwick to and from RoadTrip.
- Additional nights on request.
Not included with your tour:
- Any additional items charged to your room(s).
- Road tolls.
- All other food and beverages.
- Parking fees.
Prices include VAT where applicable.