Top 5 Roads for Motorbikers in Scotland, UK
Posted On 10. 7. 2023
If you are planning to come to Scotland and make a tour, go counter-clockwise and mind the season and daytime. Winter days are quite short and driving into the low sun is blinding.
5. Loch Lomond – Loch Ness
250 km, 3:00
This scenic road journey takes you from the picturesque Loch Lomond to the legendary Loch Ness, stretching across approximately 150 miles of breathtaking Scottish landscapes. The route offers a mix of winding country roads and open stretches, making it ideal for touring motorbikes and cruisers. Along the way, you’ll encounter stunning highland scenery, charming villages, and historic landmarks. The highlight, of course, is the iconic Loch Ness, famous for its mythical monster, Nessie. Exploring this route not only satisfies your passion for riding, but also provides ample opportunities for capturing unforgettable photos and immersing yourself in Scotland’s rich history and natural beauty.
I drove it in high season, souther part is low traffic but as you get to the northern side of Loch Ness, the traffic gets much higher (A82). Ride this part early or late during the day if you want to have the space for yourself. The lake is also inviting for a dip. 🙂
4. Around Sky to Ivergarry
250 km, 3:00
Embark on a thrilling ride that encircles the majestic Isle of Skye, leading you through captivating landscapes and coastal roads. This road is best suited for adventure motorbikes and dual-sport enthusiasts, offering an exhilarating experience amidst Scotland’s untamed beauty. As you ride around the Isle of Skye, you’ll be immersed in rugged cliffs, verdant hills, and cascading waterfalls. The journey continues through Ivergarry, where you can find tranquility in its picturesque surroundings. This route offers an escape into the raw wilderness of Scotland and presents numerous opportunities to explore charming local establishments and savor traditional Scottish cuisine.
Expect medium to high traffic, especially during the high summer season (A849/A855/A87/A863). Save enough of time for this part, the scenes are inviting you to stop and soak in the atmospehere or just take thousands of pictures. Keep in mind that Sky is very busy during the high season and you might not be able to get any accommodation bellow 250 GBP.
3. Sky to Ivergarry
75 km, <1:00
Embark on a remarkable adventure as you ride from the iconic Isle of Skye to Ivergarry, spanning approximately 60 miles of awe-inspiring landscapes. This road is perfect for touring and cruiser motorcycles as well as road bikes, providing a blend of smooth roads and occasional twisty sections. Along the way, you’ll encounter magnificent mountain vistas, serene lochs, and picturesque glens. The Isle of Skye itself is a mecca for nature lovers, with its dramatic cliffs and fascinating rock formations. As you journey to Ivergarry, you’ll find solace in the tranquil beauty of the Scottish Highlands. This route promises an unforgettable ride that captures the essence of Scotland’s breathtaking scenery.
Medium to high traffic, especially during the high summer season (A87). This is a short but very popular road among riders. We drove this part during the night when it was all ours and speed was just a feeling. The road is high quality, turns are inviting to enjoy the ride.
2. Dornloch to Wick
100 km, 1:10
Memorable ride from Dornloch to Wick, diverse Scottish terrains. This road is best suited for adventure touring motorcycles or naked bikes, designed to handle various conditions and tight corners with ease. The route offers a mix of smooth roads and winding stretches that lead you through coastal villages, lush landscapes, and striking cliffs. As you ride along, you’ll have a chance to explore historic sites and witness the untamed beauty of the Scottish coast. Arriving in Wick, you’ll be enchanted by its coastal charm and find an array of cozy accommodations to relax after an exhilarating day on the road.
Tip: Ride this road in the evening golden hour. Sun will be shinning either from the side or from behind, opening the beautiful stone-grass scenery as you cut deeper and deeper north. You can expect fairly low traffic on this part of N500 (A9 / A99).
1. Oban to Lochgilphead
60 km, 0:45 h
This extraordinary road adventure connects the charming town of Oban to the serene Lochgilphead, covering approximately 40 miles of breathtaking Scottish landscapes. Ideal for any motorcycle, the route meanders through lush woodlands, along the picturesque shores of Loch Fyne, and past captivating castles. You’ll have the opportunity to explore the historic Kilmartin Glen, known for its prehistoric monuments and ancient standing stones. As you venture deeper into the heart of Argyll, you’ll be captivated by the serene beauty of Lochgilphead. This route beckons those seeking tranquility, cultural exploration, and a delightful motorbike journey through Scotland’s west coast.
Choose your part of the day, road A816 is heavily occupied by mobile homes during the lazy people’s daytime (10-16).