A couple of months ago me and my girlfriend have been thinking where to spend our last week of holiday at the end of August. I was pretty surprised that she was brave enough to suggest Scotland. On the motorbike!!! There were some doubts and problems. First of all, unpredictable weather - obviously you can not see much when it is raining. Another was the complete lack of bike gear for her - praise for Lidl “bikers week” here, their bargain textiles have passed the exam in heavy conditions!!!
After a week of “ebaying” I managed to turn my naked streetbike into a GranTourismo with about 80 litres of luggage displacement, SatNav and a cigarette lighter socket (just in case, smartphone batteries go flat quite fast
When D-Day has finally come we woke up grumpy cause of the rain… Luckily it stopped for good when we passed Luton.
First of our stays was Keswick, Cumbria. We booked some B&Bs a week before and they were pretty good. After a short Lakeland break we came back on the M6, passed Glasgow and found ourselves on the Loch Lomond shores.
Next day we followed A82 from Tarbet to Fort William, then A830 to Mallaig. Apart of a stunning Highland scenery we could see well known to Harry Potter fans railway, silver sands of Morar and famous Monument. In my opinion if you want to visit Scotland this route is a must!
In Mallaig we boarded a ferry to Isle of Skye. Unfortunately heavy rain forced us to choose the shortest way to Portree where we slept.
Loch Ness was our next day destination. Monster did not appear but we had a chance to see famous Highland Games in the Drumnadrochit village. From there we went to Inverness, then visited a couple of distilleries and finally Aberdeen - back to civilization :-P.
Having over 500 miles to home we decided to take a break in Yorkshire and finally after passing a couple of delays and accidents on M1 we came back to London…
Oooops, I did not intend to make that report a novel Sorry…
Anyway - Highlands are well known biker destination and if you have a chance - go there!
1500 MILES AROUND THE COUNTRY
DERWENT WATER, CUMBRIA
A82 TO FORT WILLIAM
LB MILITARY ARM
NESSIE… AND TWO OTHER MONSTERS!
MOST IMPORTANT DESTINATION