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Between them, Ireland and Scotland have some of the most breathtaking scenery in the world. They also have virtually empty roads which makes makes it a motorcyclist’s dream, so if you have always thought about venturing a little further on your motorbike then below are some of the best motorcycle routes in Ireland and Scotland.
Mourne Mountains Loop
Mourne Mountains Loop is a 17km route that takes in picturesque views and landmarks along the way including Carlingford Lough, the Cooley Peninsula, and the ruins of Greencastle. It is a mix of flat, long drags, steady three-mile climb, but that will be enjoyable. The Slieve Donard at 852m is the highest mountain in Northern Ireland and the surrounding peaks are the Mourne Mountains known simply as the Mournes.
The Ring of Kerry
This route is one of the most famous in Ireland and provides some of the best scenery in parts of Kerry along the 179km route. The circuit is popular with holidaymakers all looking to sample the outdoor surroundings and views but it offers so much more than a bog-standard driving route, the Ring of Kerry is an iconic destination with a stunning visual history, diverse wildlife and rich green hills.
Another popular motorcycle route in Ireland is Sally Gap which has commanding views of the surrounding blanket bog and the Wicklow Mountains. Sally Gap is one of two east-to-west passes across the Wicklow Mountains and the narrow road running through it passes above the dark waters of Lough Tay and Lough Dan. This road is very exciting and sometimes exposed. Its twists and turns are perfect for those riders who want a rush of adrenaline.
North Coast 500
The North Coast 500 starts and finishes in Inverness and was the brainchild of the local tourist board in 2015. The idea was to create Britain’s very own Route 66. It might not be as iconic as its American cousin, but it certainly possesses one of the most beautiful coastal roads in the world. Along the way, you can stop off and take in some of the amazing castles, lochs, and distilleries.
The Duke’s Pass
When you feel the need to open the throttle The Duke’s Pass (A821) is the best place to do it – just ask the locals. The route weaves its way through Great Trossachs Forest and is perfect for confident riders who want to challenge their handling skills and who love Alpine style switchbacks and long straights. The road is popular with tourists so you may need to time it right to avoid any congestion on the roads.
A7 Carlisle to Edinburgh
The final route on our list will see motorcycling enthusiasts take in quaint little towns such as Galashiels, Selkirk, and Hawick, where many people stop off to pay tribute to Jimmie Guthrie and Steve Hislop, two of Scotland’s greatest motorcycle racers. The A7 itself is a flowing road that is well worth a ride, either as a standalone day trip or incorporated into a longer road trip.
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