Scotland 2013

After our taste of Scotland in 2010 we were keen to return and explore some more. In 2013 we started the trip with the very scenic train journey from Glasgow to Mallaig where we then crossed by ferry to Skye. From Skye we crossed to Harris to ride the road on the West coast that we missed in 2010 then back round onto The Golden Road (probably our favourite road ridden anywhere so far) and over the hills to Lewis.

Riding via Great Berneray and the impressive standing stones at Callanish we then headed to Stornoway to catch the ferry back to Ullapool on the mainland. From here we rode up the West coast to catch the ferry across to Cape Wrath (highly recommended!) then back along the North Coast to catch the ferry from Scrabster to Stromness on Orkney.

We had a few days exploring the Neolithic sites on Orkney and some walking on Hoy before taking the ferry from Kirkwall to Lerwick on Shetland where we then rode over to Eshaness then up to Yell and Unst for a memorable night camping at the most northerly point in the UK overlooking Muckle Flugga lighthouse in the company of hundreds of puffins.

We returned to the mainland on the longest ferry in UK waters between Lerwick and Aberdeen then a train journey back to Glasgow to collect the car.

Days of Riding: 15

Distance Covered: approx 750 miles

Ferry Journeys: 14

Islands: 10

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