Scotland - Deserted Moorlands
Pavement - Self-Guided
9 days / 8 nights / 7 stages / 1 500 km
Scotland - Pavement
Last updated: 24/11/2021
passenger price 1595 €
Traveling through the very heart of the Scottish Highlands, this tour will never cease to surprise you as it takes you over and over again through breathtaking landscapes. You will be driving your motorbike along tiny secondary paved roads, with little to no traffic, that crisscross the land. You could end your trip, enjoying the original flavor of smoked haddock in a faraway castle on the shores of a mythical loch.
If you long for never ending views, if you wish to take winding tracks that skirt the weather beaten landscapes, if you dream of taking huge gulps of fresh air, of letting yourself fall under the spell of secret islands and peninsulas, of mythical lochs, if you just love authenticity and nature at its finest, then Scotland is the place for you!
A famous restaurant patiently awaits the traveler at the quaint port of Tobermory. The isle of Mull combines the typical features of Scottish landscapes, as purple clouds hover over Ben More peak and loch McKeal glitters under the golden sun. The surroundings are simply spell-binding!
Arrival in Aberdeen.
From the very start, the landscape and its hills and slopes will set their own rhythm. Although you will have to get used to driving on the left-hand side, traffic is so light it shouldn’t be a problem. You will plunge straight away into the very heart of Scotland’s nature as you drive through thick heather and undergrowth. Several whisky distilleries are scattered along today’s itinerary, pointing the way to Aberlour, a distillery of Speyside single malt Scotch whisky, in Aberlour, Strathspey, Scotland, at the confluence of the rivers Lour and Spey near Ben Rinnes.
Trail Rando will never cease to surprise you as our itinerary takes you over and over again through breathtaking landscapes, where a “picture is worth a thousand words”! Skirting mountains and Scottish lochs on narrow paved roads, the traveler soon gets acquainted with the typical country “single track roads” and their “passing places”, only spot allowing a vehicle to overtake or pass another.
The fauna is ever-present. Squirrels and pheasants seem to wander carefree, and the odd deer might gallop across the road at a moment’s notice. The only mythical creature you might not encounter is the mysterious and uncanny Loch Ness monster.
The itinerary today will meander through remarkable sites in the very heart of the Highlands, including immense wind-beaten valleys and tumultuous salmon rivers. The land seems to exude pure wilderness with its hidden waterfalls, snow-covered peaks, secret peninsulas, forgotten islands and never-ending lochs. An even narrower road will take you to an old abandoned castle, home to many an ominous legend.
The road follows the weather-beaten shredded coastline witnessing the wilderness of the peninsula. It’s soon time to stop and enjoy a cup of hot Cocoa at Cocoa Mountain. This is simply a must! But this area is also renowned for its ceramics. A visit to the Highland Stoneware Pottery in Lochinver cannot be overlooked!
The relentless North Sea beats against the rocks incessantly and the landscape seems to unfold in shades of grey and luscious green. Here and there, herds of woolly sheep graze freely oblivious to the weather. In these Celtic lands, moors and mountains of extraordinary shapes take the lead roles of nature’s work of art!
Our itinerary today dips, dives and rises from one hill to the other, skirting mountains and hidden coves.
It’s time for lunch! The picturesque village of Plockton boasts an incomparable location on a sheltered bay of Loch Carron surrounded by a ring of hills. Plockton has a charming seaside setting and the road follows the bay with a row of neatly painted cottages arranged around the curve of a tiny harbour. The village is backed by a craggy landscape of heather and pine.
Tobermory was built as a fishing port in the late 18th century and is now the main town on Mull. It is a picture-postcard of a place with the brightly painted buildings along the main street to the pier and the high woodland-fringed hills surrounding the bay. The town has a good variety of shops, hotels, and other accommodation as well as being the administrative center for the island. The harbor is always busy with fishing boats, yachts and the ferry to and from Kilchoan. In recent years, the island has become very popular for weddings in a romantic atmosphere.
The picturesque town of Oban, sitting on the dark blue waters of the Firth of Lorn overlooking the Islands of Mull, Kerrera and Lismore. The name means the Little Bay and the harbor is a perfectly sheltered horseshoe inlet. Today, the port is the key mainland ferry terminal for crossings to Mull and several of the Outer Hebrides as well as the Inner Hebrides; as such, it is often called the ‘Gateway to the Hebrides’.
All along the road, lichen covers the rocks. The wind is ever-present and seems to allow a flock of red partridges to gather speed before landing haphazardly on an empty field. A pub has just opened its doors! It’s décor matching its surroundings perfectly!
Aberdeen, its long beaches and its modern architecture, is not far now!
Trip back to your hometown.
From June to September
- We've sourced some wonderfully charming accommodation in a wind-beaten castle or mannor house for when it's time to rest and relax. As is often the case in the world’s remotest places, you can be sure of a very warm welcome!
A couple of examples:
- Even if we recommend always riding in pairs, on self-guided tours, this trip can be undertaken on one’s own.
- This tour is comprised of a network of picturesque roads, sometimes windy, sometimes straight, making it accessible to all bikers and all bikes, alone or two-up. However, a powerful sports motorcycle might not be the best choice given the abundance of bends and curves you will encounter. Please bear in mind that one drives on the left-hand side in Scotland; if you add to this the odd shower of rain or two, you might easily get confused.
- You wish to be independent and have chosen an unguided tour. There will be no tour leader or chase vehicle and you will chose your own departure dates.
However, all lodging will be booked and confirmed by us.
All hotels and restaurants will be waiting for you!
- GPS PROVIDED BY THE ORGANIZATION
Your GPS-device is set to follow the track.
Trail Rando provides one device for each rider, in which you will find all useful information, the complete track, hotels, restaurants, gas stations etc...
- Single room supplement
(If the group is an uneven number, a single room supplement will be invoiced to one of you or split between the group.) : 365€
- • Lodgingo hotels, in twin rooms,
If the group is an uneven number, one single room supplement will be invoiced to one of you, or split between everybody.o from the evening of the first stage, to the morning of the last stage
Food :o Breakfasto from the morning of the first stage to midday of the last stage,• The GPS device with the trip's complete track and handlebar support, the user's manual and a phone briefing for its proper use.
- • Transportation:o To and from tour start,o Vehicle transportation to and from tour start,
o ferries and other crossings on the itinerary• Lunch, dinners and beverages.
- With which motorcycle ?
Any road motorcycle or light, medium or large trail motorbike is suitable for this trip.
What kind of tires ?
Usually the OEM tires are perfect, but any mixed road tires are suitable