GREAT RIDES

Route: North­ern loop Dis­tance: 361 miles Time: Two days Brief de­scrip­tion: Tour our northerly coast

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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’

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