Spyder Motorcycles Self-Guide Isle of Man, Scotland, Lake District National Parks Tour
9 days riding, 9 nights
Outside of the IoM TT, when the masses haven't descended on to this beautiful island, there is a fantastic weekend of exploring to be had. Add to that a stunning tour of the Cotswolds, Lake District and Scotland and you have yourself a fantastic self-guide motorcycle tour.
With Spyder Motorcycles self-guide tours, we do all the planning so you need to do nothing more than arrive at our Silverstone base, pick up your motorcycle with luggage, and follow the directions on the pre-programmed satnav.
With trip add on option for groups such as a day touring the IoM or dinner with a TT road racer, this trip has plenty for the motorcycle enthusiast whether traveling alone or as a group.
Starting at Spyder Motorcycles, Silverstone, day one offers two options, either a ride through the Cotswolds and along the Welsh, English border, meandering your way to Liverpool ferry port for the late crossing to the IoM. Or, a visit to the Triumph Visitors Centre and then the quick route to the ferry.
You'll then spend the weekend on the stunning IoM with a tour of the island, museum visits and of course, a lap of the famous Mountain TT Course.
It's then back to the UK where the route takes in the Lake District before heading into the beautiful country of Scotland. The tour will enjoy a visit to Edinburgh, the Cairngorms National Park, you'll ride the spectacular NC500, the shores of Loch Lomond and head through Glencoe. There's also the option to take in t a tour of Glenmorongie, you'll just have to save the sampling until you reach the evenings hotel!
Day One, Friday: picking up the motorbikes from Silverstone Race Circuit at 10.00, we get you set up on your bike with the route loaded into the GPS for the trip ahead of you.
From Silverstone head straight to the Triumph Visitors Centre, Hinckley for a look around their engaging immersive visitor experience; a story that unfolds through nine themed areas, each reflecting the passion shared by motorcycle riders all over the world.
From Triumph, it’ll be the quick route up to Liverpool for the ferry to the IoM. Arriving into Douglas ferry port at 22.00, you’ll head to the hotel in Douglas for a pint of Bushy’s Ale, or whatever takes your fancy, 160 miles.
You can enjoy a ride through the Cotswold’s and along the English/Welsh border to Liverpool and the 19.15 ferry to the Isle of Man.
Again, arriving into Douglas ferry port at 22.00 and heading to the hotel in Douglas for that drink, 200 miles.
Day Two, Saturday: the Isle of Man is a stunning island with so much to do in such a small space. Today you’ll enjoy a motorcycle tour of the IoM with a lap of the famous TT Mountain Course to finish the ride, 140 miles
Day Three, Sunday: with a ferry check-in time of 18.30, you are free to explore the island and visit the excellent IoM Motor Museum in Jurby. Then you’ll get the late ferry back to Heysham and head straight to the hotel for a good night’s sleep.
Day Four, Monday: riding from Heysham to Edinburgh, you’ll take in the beautiful Lake District and then ride along the fantastic A7 and on to the stunning, historic city of Edinburgh for a great night, 180 miles
Day Five, Tuesday: riding from Edinburgh to Inverness, along the Old Military Road and through the Cairngorms National Park, 170 miles
Day Six, Wednesday: riding from Inverness to Tongue along the NC500 via John O’Groats the most northerly point of the UK. There is the opportunity to sign on to the 10.30 Glenmorangie Whisky Distillery tour subject to availability, 180 miles
Day Seven, Thursday: riding from Tongue to Loch Maree continuing along the very popular North Coast 500 which reaches the world famous west coast of Scotland, 180 miles
Day Eight, Friday: riding from Loch Maree to Fort William, staying on the NC500 which takes in Applecross Pass. The ride leaves the NC500 shortly after Applecross and heads to Kyle of Lochalsh, heading southeast for stunning views of Ben Nevis and the town of Fort William, 180 miles
Day Nine, Saturday: riding from Fort William to Glasgow on the final day of the tour. The ride heads through Glen Coe and keeps to the west coast before running into Glasgow along Loch Lomond. On arrival at the airport, motorcycles will be picked-up by the Spyder Motorcycles team or returned to our Glasgow base 5 minutes from the airport, 160 miles
Day Ten, Sunday: flights home from Glasgow Airport
Cost does not include:
Special events on the IoM
Motorcycle hire upgrades
Road tolls and fines
Costs associated with additional days off
Lunch and dinner