Advice For Embarking On Motorcycling Tours In Scotland

by Manoj Keshwar on 11 November 2016
Motorcycling Tours In Scotland

Nothing beats motorcycle tours in Scotland, but it’s important that you’re aware of the road laws and what is expected of you prior to your arrival to ensure that you have the most enjoyable stay possible.

Motorbike Hire

  • You will be taking out a motorbike hire contract directly with the bike supplier, not with Viktorianz.
  • You must meet the following criteria to be eligible for hire in Scotland – be over 25 years of age; hold a full motorbike license; be able to produce your original drivers license, passport and valid credit card; and have not had your insurance declined, a renewal refused or cover cancelled.
  • A top box and panniers are included with your hire – you must be able to fit all of your possessions in this space, as there is no support vehicle.
  • You must bring your own motorbike clothing, helmet and other gear (note that Scotland can be wet and cold, so come prepared).

Insurance

  • The motorbike will be insured and you will be covered for any 3rd party liability. There is an excess of £1800 that you will be liable for (your credit card details will be taken to cover this).
  • You are also covered for full mechanical breakdown of the bike, including a replacement bike if this is required.
  • You are responsible for the safety and condition of your bike for the duration of the hire period.
  • Ensure that you have personal insurance for all other eventualities (such as medical expenses, loss or theft of possessions and missed travel).

Hotels

  • Keep in mind that Scotland is a country with a very small population – most of the areas you will be visiting are very remote. Because of this, you will be staying in small family owned establishments. The staff will be the owners and other locals, so be courteous and polite at all times.
  • All hotel rooms are non smoking unless otherwise stated. Choosing to smoke in your room anyway can result in penalties, such as a large fine added to your bill.

SIM Cards

  • Pay-as-you-go SIM cards can be purchased from mobile phone shops – we suggest that you do this in Edinburgh shortly after your arrival.
  • Any of the main networks will provide good coverage, but EE offers the best data network.

Road Rules

  • In the UK, we drive on the left side of the road. In areas where traffic can be light, it’s easy to forget when faced with empty road.
  • Helmets must be worn and the securely fixed (ie straps fastened) at all times whilst on a motorbike on the public road.
  • The speed limit in the UK is generally 30mph for towns, 60mph for single carriageways and 70mph for dual carriageways and motorways. There are other posted limits, so be sure to lookout for signs.
  • Drink driving is a serious offence. You must not drive in Scotland with a blood alcohol level of more than 50milligrammes per 100 millilitres of blood. Do not drink during the day and avoid having a big night.

We hope that you’ve found this advice useful in knowing what to expect when embarking on motorcycle tours in Scotland – if you have any questions or concerns, do not hesitate to contact Viktorianz directly.