Route: Northern loop Distance: 361 miles Time: Two days Brief description: Tour our northerly coast
We have started our route at Inverness as it is an easy place to find overnight accommodation, giving you plenty of time to explore. We suggest you set aside a couple of days and possibly another overnight stop in Durness, though you could hop on the ferry to Orkney if you are feeling adventurous.
Heading out of Inverness pick up the western coastal road of Scotland at Ullapool. From here you hug the western Scottish coast as closely as possible, twisting and winding your way around until you reach Durness.
From Durness you once again hug the coast as you ride towards Thurso. There are historic castles on this section, each of which offers a nice break, or you can push on to John O’groats. Having posed for the obligatory picture with the signpost, it is time to follow the coast back down to Inverness.
Once you get to Wick the roads become considerably busier and faster, but that’s not necessarily a bad thing as by now you will probably be in need of a bit of refreshment after a long, but fantastic, few days in the saddle.
‘I reckon if we go fast enough we can jump that water’