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Travelling in Ireland and Scotland
« on: March 25, 2017, 06:44:51 PM »
Hi All, The wife and I were thinking about a bike tour of Ireland and Scotland this summer. I was hoping some of you could give some guidance on the availability of rooms during the high season. Mostly wondering about same day and next day bookings. Rather not be tied to a schedule anymore than we have to. Not really too fussy about where we stay, just don't want to keep getting stuck without a place to stay if it's really difficult. Thanks, Jim

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Re: Travelling in Ireland and Scotland
« Reply #1 on: March 25, 2017, 07:08:33 PM »
As far as Scotland goes, there are two sites with accommodation listed:
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Just look at the area you wish to visit. It's busy from the start of July till the beginning of September. Most of the towns also have their own accommodation websites.

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Re: Travelling in Ireland and Scotland
« Reply #2 on: March 25, 2017, 07:44:33 PM »
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a bike tour of Ireland and Scotland this summer.

You don't say how long for but I'd suggest one or the other unless you just skim the surface.

Hopefully irishrover will come up with a good plan.

Make sure your kit is waterproof.
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Re: Travelling in Ireland and Scotland
« Reply #3 on: March 25, 2017, 09:35:02 PM »
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Hi All, The wife and I were thinking about a bike tour of Ireland and Scotland this summer. I was hoping some of you could give some guidance on the availability of rooms during the high season. Mostly wondering about same day and next day bookings. Rather not be tied to a schedule anymore than we have to. Not really too fussy about where we stay, just don't want to keep getting stuck without a place to stay if it's really difficult. Thanks, Jim

I live in Scotland and travel across to Ireland about 6 times per year. My advice to you would be to decide what country you want to concentrate on and how much time do you have? The Wild Atlantic Way is a new route that the Irish tourist board have been promoting. >>>> link hidden <<<<
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It is now one of the worlds longest coastal routes and is gaining in popularity amongst riders. You can find lots of information via Google and can also purchase a route map from Amazon with lots of information. I intend doing it this September.
Scotland also has its own version of Route66 called the North Coast 500 (NC500). I will be embarking on this route during the Easter weekend. It has also been promoted by the Scottish tourist board and will be a busy route during the summer months. There is a wealth of information again via Google and it has its own dedicated website. There are lots of accommodation available depending on your budget.
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You will also have to consider bike hire unless you are shipping your own bikes. Kawasaki, Kircaldy hire bikes as do BMW Motorrad in Edinburgh and Saltire Motorcycles.
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Re: Travelling in Ireland and Scotland
« Reply #4 on: March 27, 2017, 02:43:28 PM »
Thanks for all the good info. Had planned on doing the Wild Atlantic Way. Had not heard about the North Coast 500. Sounds awesome.Hoping to spend 3 weeks. 2 on the WAW and then over to Scotland. More if I can talk wifey into it. I know that's just kind of skimming  the surface but to be honest that's usually what I end up doing.

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Re: Travelling in Ireland and Scotland
« Reply #5 on: March 27, 2017, 04:48:43 PM »
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spend 3 weeks. 2 on the WAW and then over to Scotland

That's not bad for time, another week for Scotland would be good.

When I said "skimming" we have this image in our minds over here of the American tourist saying "It's Tuesday, gee this must be Belgium".

Just keep your fingers crossed for weather, it's the Emerald Isle for a reason. Do some price research, it's not that cheap over here.
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Re: Travelling in Ireland and Scotland
« Reply #6 on: March 27, 2017, 08:28:56 PM »
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You don't say how long for but I'd suggest one or the other unless you just skim the surface.

Hopefully irishrover will come up with a good plan.

Make sure your kit is waterproof.

I just noticed your message in your post Brian, just hope my plan works out ok for the Easter weekend, would be great to get similar weather to this weekend.
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Re: Travelling in Ireland and Scotland
« Reply #7 on: May 23, 2017, 04:40:53 PM »
Been doing some research on driving in Ireland and Scotland and it keeps saying that I should have "dipped headlights". What are dipped headlights ?
Any other advice on driving over there would be welcome. I've never driven on the left before.

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Re: Travelling in Ireland and Scotland
« Reply #8 on: May 23, 2017, 05:04:18 PM »
Dipped as in not on full / main beam. Most bikes will not have an on / off switch, so the headlights will be on all the time.

One thing I try and do is always stop on the same side for petrol etc as I'm riding on, that way when I set off after a stop I'll hopefully be on the correct side.

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Re: Travelling in Ireland and Scotland
« Reply #9 on: May 23, 2017, 10:17:51 PM »
Another Scot here, happy to advise on routes, although I am away at the moment, and only have occasional internet access..... - I recently posted a magazine article I had published covering Glencoe and routes to and from which you might like a look at - it is in my gallery too....

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