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The Quaich 1400 Miles (approx) Around Scotland

 

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 The Quaich  (1400 miles, approx)

This is a full seven day circular tour of Scotland taking in some of it's most popular scenic glens, lochs and wild coastline. It incorporates many of our individual tours but also has its own unique flavour.

General Information

The trip encompasses a selection of Scotland's most outstanding scenery, historical points, people, places and events. The tour begins at our head office in Melrose covering the Lowlands of Scotland, moving west and north, progressing as far north as Scourie Bay, finally returning south to Melrose via the Central Highlands.

The theme of all our tours on Scotland's country roads is for a relaxed and unhurried trip, enjoying local scenery and popular historic sites.  We try to run at a pace to suit everyone 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. It should be noted that it is Tom's policy to avoid riding on motorways so please do not expect any! However, there are occasions when we have to be at a particular location at a specific time and therefore the planned route may be altered accordingly.

Prices: For individual or joint tours are available on enquiry; accommodation options and costs can also be made available on request, if required.

Dinning out: We are always happy to advise on where to dine and when at all possible we like to dine with the hole group.  

Bike hire: For information on bike/equipment hire and our vehicle support  service please refer to our webpage Bike and equipment hire etc.

The Quaich is a fabulous tour showcasing much of scenic Lowland and Highland Scotland and incorporates much of our Scotland-wide itinerary. If you really want a taste of Scotland's splendour, then this is your first dram! The following information highlights only a few points of interest and sights that you will see and does not represent each day's full programme.

Day 1 - A Borders Ballad (140 mls approx)

Your first day's riding with us gives you a taste of things to come, with great scenery and historical culture running deep in the veins of this land of Scots: "The Scottish Borders". This days riding is designed to be relatively short and easy but the roads are as twisted as the area's history, so be prepared for some entertaining riding!

Points of interest and sights you will see include: Melrose, "Abousford" house of Sir Walter Scott, Selkirk, Hawick, Carter-bar border line with Scotland and England, Jedburgh and Kelso Abbeys, Coldstream, original home of the Coldstream Guards, Duns, location of the Jim Clark Museum,

Day 2 - Galloway Gallop (190 mls approx)

The "Galloway Gallop" is a very different ride compared to the "Borders Ballad", it's a more open ride taking us through scenic moorland and the Galloway Forest National Park.

Points of interest and sights you will see include: The Yarrow valley and St Mary's Loch,  Megget Reservoir, Talla Reservoir (Osprey territory) with the 20% Talla Linn descent, Moffat (Moffat toffee is a must), Dalveen Pass - enjoy! - Drumlanrig Castle, Chatteringshaws Loch in the Galloway Forest National Park, Turnberry, Birth place of Robert the Bruce as well as its iconic golf course.  

Day 3 - The North West Passage (200 mls approx)

Day three is again different from our first two days' riding, starting with a phenomenon, we ride to the "Electric Brae", a section of road that you have to accelerate down but free wheel up! With a nod to Scotland's literary past, we pass "Burns Cottage", birthplace of Scotland's famous poet in 1759, shortly after we have three ferry crossings, the first takes us from the main land landing on the Isle of Bute then onto or second ferry at Rhubodach taking us back onto the main land with the third and last ferry landing us at Tarbert, gateway to the north west passage with some fantastic coastal and lochside riding and our day ending at Tyndrum.    

Points of interest and sights you will see include: the Electric Brae, Burns Cottage, Firth of Clyde, Loch Striven, Kyles of Bute view point, Loch Fyne, Kilmartin (said to be Scotland's most interesting landscapes of archaeological monuments), Oban, Falls of Lora, Loch Awe, Tyndrum - "The Green Welly" a bikers meet.  

Day 4 - Ferry tales to Skye (210 mls approx)

What a day this promises to be! We start with an easy ride up to and through Glen Coe then on to the first of our three ferries in search for the seven men of Moidart, eventually ending our day at Glenelg . We get a great variety of roads on this day, from the wide open passes of Glen Coe to the narrow, mountainous Kylerhea pass on the Isle O' Skye, plenty of twisty coastal riding with more than a few surprises en route.   

Points of interest and sights you will see include: Glen Coe, Corran Ferry, Loch Sunart, Loch Shiel, Loch Moidart Loch Ailort, Loch Nan Uamh the Silver Sands of Morar, The Falls of Morar, Mallaig, the Isle of Skye, the Kylerhea pass Glenelg,

Day 5 - A  Taste of Minch (210 mls approx)

This is a day of fabulous west coast riding, starting our day as it means to go on with a braw traverse through Glen Moor climbing almost to the summit of Nan Caber, about 1200 feet above sea level giving us a fine view across Loch Duich of the five sisters of Kintail. Following our decent to Loch Duich we make our way west to Eilean Donan Castle, a Scottiish icon then onwards and upwards to Loch Carron and on to Bealach na Ba (Pass of the Cattle) one of the most dramatic roads in the UK with a sea level climb of over 2000 feet. Although much is said about the tight twisties close to the summit, the approach up the side of the mountain is dramatic in itself, as is the descent to Applecross, moving on to Gairloch, Ullapool and ultimately Loch Inver all part of the "North Coast 500" route. The distance we ride this day may not seem high but these roads are not chosen to be fast, they are typical of Scotland's highlands and islands: tight, twisty, up and down, open, with passing places and scenic beyond description.

Points of interest and sights you will see include: The Glenelg Monument, Eilean Donan Castle, Loch Carron, Pass O' The Cattle, Applecross, Loch Torridon, Loch Maree, Gairloch, Gruinard Island (the Government's testing ground for anthrax) Ullapool- gateway to the Hebrides, and Loch Inver.

Day 6 - A Sair Fecht (215 mls approx)

Day six is a day of contrasts. We follow the rugged west cost for the start of our day up to Unapool, stopping at Kylesku bridge to enjoy the grandeur of the area and then on to Laxford our turning point south east. As we go deeper into the more populated areas of the highlands our roads widen and the landscape changes to moor land of the gentler northeast coast, Inverness "the Hub of the Highlands", After a stop at the Culloden Visitor centre we make our way deep into The Cairngorms National Park and finishing our day in Royal Deeside.

Points of interest and sights you will see include: the Kylesku bridge, Scourie, Loch Stack, Inverness, Culloden Moor Battle site and Visitor Centre, scene of the bloodiest Jacobite engagement  and the last pitched battle on British soil, Grantown On Spey, Tomintoul, the second highest village in Scotland at 1160ft, the Lecht Ski Centre, the second highest road in the UK at 2100 feet,  Cairngorms National Park and Ballater.

Day 7 - The Lang Wae Hame (200 mls approx)

Our last day, like the others, is full of surprises and excellent roads for biking. A long haul up from Braemar to the highest road in Scotland "The Cainwell Pass" at 2198 feet, followed by a "wheeee!" down the other side, technical bends, undulations and unbelievably steep hills through Glen Quaich (just when you thought you had done all the tight bends Scotland could through at you!). We finish our dram back at Melrose, thirst quenched, and seal the bottle for the next tipple.

Points of interest and sights you will see include: Braemar Castle, Glenshee Ski Centre, Pitlochry, Loch Tay, Glenturret Distillery, Gleneagles and South Queensferry - with its bridges!

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Location: - Lowlands - Central Highlands - Western Highlands and North East Scotland.

bulletAccommodation: Pre-arranged accommodation to suit  individual requirements, accommodation prices vary dramatically so we will give you a cost closer to the time of the trip. As a rough guide, B&B will cost around £45-£65 per head per night, See our Accommodation section
bulletTime of year: April - October
bullet Duration: Seven days, starting and finishing at Melrose,
bullet Distance:1400 Miles approx
bullet Minimum group size:1 person on a private tour basis, or 6 people (including pillions) for an open group tour (a mixed group of rider friends you haven't met yet!).
bullet Cost: Per head. Prices for 2017
bulletOpen group £875 per person (price includes 7 nights' B&B, 6 ferry crossings and professional guiding)
bullet10% discount for Pillion Passengers
bulletAdditional B&B likely to cost approximately £45-£65 per person per night
bullet Private groups. Price per head, as per table below

 

Basic package:

  1. Seven nights B&B
  2. Six ferry crossings
  3. Tour guide (over 7 days)
Private group of 1 £2000 Per head
Private group of 2 £1500 Per head
Private group of 3 £1250 Per head
Private group of 4 £1125 Per head
Private group of 5 £900 Per head
  Private group of 6 or more

and

Open group price

£875 Per head
Bike hire. See See Misc & Bike Hire Information  

£

Two way pick up. See See Misc & Bike Hire Information   £

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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.

 

 Tel: +44(0)1896 822452
 e-mail: info@activitiesinscotland.com