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Explore Scotland by Motorbike from Edinburgh

27 July 2018

The sun is out, the weather is warm and it is the perfect season for exploring beautiful Scotland on two wheels. We caught up with Callum from Moto Stable to discover his favourite routes from the capital... 

Scotland is a wonderful place to explore by motorcycle. From week long trips around the North Coast 500 and out to the Islands to quick blasts down to the Borders, there is no shortage of road to explore. Many of these roads are quiet and peaceful when compared to the caravan and lorry tailbacks of our southern neighbours. It is no surprise that motorcyclists are attracted from all over the world to enjoy all that Scotland has to offer.

One of the must-visit destinations for touring bikers is Edinburgh. The city is home to more listed buildings than anywhere else on earth. There are seven hills to climb, many cafes and bars to sample and plenty of old streets to wonder. The city’s hotels and bnbs welcome bikers who plan to explore the city for a few days, usually at the start of their trip. Being in the south of Scotland, Edinburgh makes a perfect base from which to depart early in the morning and head north. It is possible to leave Edinburgh and be in the highlands by mid-afternoon!

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Regardless if you have two days or two months, you’ll be able to get a good ride in. Leave Edinburgh heading North West through Glencoe, a majestic valley with towering mountains on either side of the road. The area was made famous by the recent James Bond film ‘Skyfall’ and looks incredible and very different in all weathers. As your journey continues, you should ride over the Bealach na Bà which is one of the highest roads in the UK and offers a steep and sometimes challenging climb with spectacular views in all directions. Your reward after making it over this high pass will be waiting for you at Applecross inn, a cold pint, a hot fire and perhaps a whisky or two. You’re in the highlands now. Catch a ferry to the Islands or keep heading North and join the North Coast 500 route. You might take a different path back to Edinburgh via the Cairngorm National Park and through Aviemore, which is host each year to Thunder in The Glens, a predominately Harley Davidson rally which attracts several thousand bikers, the biggest HOG rally in Europe.

Back in Edinburgh, you’ll want somewhere safe to keep your bike. Edinburgh has more than its fair share of motorcycle theft and so it is important that you do as the locals do, and take upmost care to protect your machine. Moto Stable was founded in January 2018 to provide a fully accessible and secure motorcycle storage solution to city residents who own or want to own a motorcycle. The Stable has a member base consisting of every type of bike and every type of rider in the city. Our mission is to make having a motorcycle in Edinburgh a more enjoyable experience, by looking after our members bikes when they are not riding them. CCTV, 24/7 secure access and designated spaces make Moto Stable membership a must have for any motorcyclist in the city.

At the request of tourists who had heard about the space from their accommodation providers, we have started to offer a nightly rate for visiting motorcycles. Within a designated visitor garage, tourists can check their bikes in for one night or more and explore the city safe in the knowledge that we have it locked up. Moto Stable is a two minute walk for the Palace of Holyrood at the foot of the Royal Mile.

If Edinburgh is on your agenda, and it should be, we’ll take care of your motorcycle so you can focus on enjoying your visit. Full details can be found at motostable.co.

Author Bio

Moto Stable was founded by Callum McPherson, a motorcyclist from Edinburgh passionate about building a community for the cities bikers. Callum first became interested in motorcycles at a young age and learned to ride off road on rickety old Honda 2 strokes. It was the appeal of the custom motorcycle scene developing in London and overseas that motivated him to pass his full licence and buying his first big bike, a Triumph Bonnevile. That bike has been from John O’ Groats to Cornwall and while many would see it as an inappropriate bike for such trips, he sees that as half the fun. It is the variety of the motorcycling world in terms of the mix of people that ride and the types of machines that they own, that make the community so enjoyable to be part of.

The need for an accessible motorcycle storage solution was quickly apparent to Callum who’s business background includes managing marketing for a technology start-up, an experience that led to a desire to start his own business. From small beginnings, Moto Stable now has over 20 members for motorcycle storage and plans to introduce new elements to the business soon, including nurturing the community aspect that is emerging.