The following 24 pints have been frequently asked, so can we suggest you take some time to browse through them if thinking about using our services
1. What documents do I need?
if travelling from outwith the UK. You will need a valid passport with an expiry date of no less than 6 months from your date of entry. For travel to Scotland you do not need a visa. You will also need a full motorcycle driving licence, personal and *vehicle insurance documents and your motoring association or equivalent breakdown numbers.
2. Will my motorbike insurance cover me for travel in Scotland?
If traveling from out with the UK, you must contact your insurance company and inform them of your destination and duration of stay. Your insurance company should advise you of any additional cover you will require.
3. What if I have to cancel my tour with you at any time?
If you cancel, no refund will be given. There is no refund for arriving late or leaving a tour early. In the event of you having to cancel, you may transfer your booking to another person. However, you will be liable for any administration costs and are responsible for your nominee paying their monies in full. We recommend that you take out adequate travel insurance to guard against this possibility.
If we cancel, only the guiding fee will be fully refunded.
4. Do I need travel and holiday insurance?
It is not a condition of booking, but we do recommend it.
It is your responsibility to ensure that you have adequate travel insurance for yourself and pillion (if appropriate). This should cover medical and personal risk including repatriation, ambulance and air rescue, and cover while motorcycling. We also recommend you include cancellation cover.
5. What if I get sick while on tour?
You should ensure that you have sufficient insurance cover to have you and your motorcycle repatriated to your country of residence should you be unable to ride at all due to illness etc.
6. What do I need to pack?
A helmet is essential. To cater for the unpredictable Scottish climate, we recommend warm, waterproof riding gear, either leather or Goretex/Cordura, good riding boots, gloves (plus spare set) and a rain suit. Smart but casual clothing is recommended for eveningwear.
If you are in doubt, please ask us. Don’t forget a camera and/or video camera to record this unique experience.
Adventure on Wheels can hire all of the above.
7. Will I be carrying my luggage?
This will depend on your booking. You may find you will be riding circular routes from your hotel, so you can leave your gear there. However you should be prepared to carry everything you bring.
8. Do we ride in groups?
We encourage everyone to ride at their own pace and according to their own riding style. You may ride alone, in small groups, or decide to ride with the guide. Whichever way you choose, the guide will stipulate the next stop for everyone to gather together again. We suggest you follow the guide’s advice at all times.
9. What if we get delayed in flights, ferry crossings or miss the set off time?
We cannot be responsible for any unforeseen delays. However, if you call us we may be able to re-schedule your itinerary at short notice. But there is no guarantee. Ultimately, in instances out with our control, you will be responsible for providing your own meals and accommodations until you catch up with the tour.
10. Will my bike be secure at night?
All our accommodation partners have been selected with bike security in mind. We do, however, recommend that you bring your own disc locks or security chains for peace of mind.
11. What tools/spares do I need to bring?
We recommend that you bring spares such as bulbs, fuses, tube and puncture repair kits, plus your own bike repair kit, however our guides do carry some tools and repair kit.
12. What happens if my bike breaks down?
You are responsible for ensuring that you come on tour equipped with a comprehensive breakdown package.
13. How scarce are facilities in the Highlands?
Not many fuel stations in Scotland are open 24 hours a day, but all provide unleaded and lead-replacement petrol and diesel. In remote areas, distances between stations are greater and opening hours may be shorter. Fuel is priced and sold by the litre.
All of our routes have been planned to ensure that there are adequate fuel stops to cater for most motorcycles. Be aware that, on Sundays especially, some garages close. We recommend that you top up regularly, as and when advised by our guides, or when ever you can.
Banks and ATM machines are confined to the larger towns. It should be noted that not all service providers will accept cheques or credit/debit cards.
14. Will I pay more if I travel alone?
Our prices are based on double or twin occupancy. If you require a single room, there will be a small, additional charge.
15. What if I want to ride a shorter or longer route than the planned one?
We will be happy to advise you on any other routes you chose.
16. I have an allergy to a certain food, can you accommodate special dietary needs?
17. What are the national speed limits and will we encounter the Police on a regular basis?
Unless otherwise signposted, speed limits on UK roads are:
- Motorway: 70 mph/ 112 kph
- Dual Carriageway: 70 mph/ 112 kph
- Single Carriageway: 60 mph/ 96 kph
- Built-up areas: 30 mph/ 48 kph
Unmarked police cars patrol regularly and static and mobile speed cameras are positioned on many roads.
Despite many of our routes being off the beaten track, there are still regular speed checks even in remote areas. Adventure on Wheels promotes safe riding and discourages speeding. We implore you to support our quest to raise the oft-tarnished profile of today’s biker by riding responsibly and safely. One can never be sure what is around the next corner: wandering sheep and slow tourist cars are particular hazards in the Highlands. But why speed when there is so much to see? All guests are responsible for their own traffic fines.
18. Which months have the ideal motorcycling weather?
We start our tours in April and finish in October.
April is often the start of more settled warmer weather, however it must be said that Scotland often has some serious snow fall in this month, as can October!
19. Will I have time to get used to my hire bike?
This will depend on your program, but we do try to arrange an introductory ride just before your tour begins.
20. Driving in Scotland
Scotland has a reasonable road network with motorways and dual carriageway roads linking many of the main cities and towns. The primary road network extends over most of the country except for a few remote areas, where there are single track roads with passing places (this means that you have to draw in to let others pass or overtake). It is part of the pleasurable experience in getting away from traffic jams to drive on the quiet roads in Scotland.
As yet there are no tolls on the roads in Scotland,
21. Driving on the Left
Please remember that in Scotland, as elsewhere in the UK, driving is always on the left side of the road.
22. Driving Licence and Insurance
The holder of an overseas driving licence may, for a period of up to one year, drive a motor vehicle in Britain. Visitors bringing their own cars from overseas require green-card insurance and the car registration documents. We suggest you carry these items with you at all times during your time with us.
23. Drinking & Driving
You are strongly advised not to drink and drive. If caught and convicted, the criminal penalties can be severe.
24. The Highway Code
The rules for driving in Britain can be found in The Highway Code www.gov.uk/highway-code available from Her Majesty's Stationery Offices (i.e. government bookshops), other bookshops, newsagents and from motoring organisations such as the AA and the RAC.
We hope this has been of help to you.
The theme of all our tours is for a safe relaxed and unhurried exciting trip, taking in local scenery, points of interest and great twisty roads. We try to run at a pace to suit all within the group but appreciate that some may wish to go faster than others and will endeavour to accommodate such riders on appropriate sections of the tour.