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North East Scotland

North East Scotland is whisky country – plain and simple! Well absolutely but not quite…

Besides the fact that every motorcyclist and every marketing group or organisation will give you his very own whisky trail there is so much more to this region. Join the dots of the many whisky trails (or follow our mega definitive one) or follow the many crystal clear rivers that make up the water of life.

Now throw in the Grampian Mountains, Cairngorms National Park and mountain roads you will encounter some of the gentlest and beautiful routes to ever be ridden by bike. Places renowned for their beauty or features or culture such as Aviemore, Tomintoul, Grantown–on-Spey, Pitlochry and Inverness are all on the routes you will find here.


Route 1 - The Deeside Hide
Mountains, curves and coast. A glorious ride. From Balmoral Castle to Stonehaven, regarded as one of Scotland's Prettiest coastal towns. The quaint shingle beaches of the bay at Catterline to the famous Glamis Castle and Miegle Museum ... history and culture abounds!

Approximate distance: 160 miles (258 km)
Approximate duration: 4 Hours 31 Minutes
Route 2 - Whisky runs through it
Gentle, rivers and whisky trails galore. Green and curvy. Great for a full days bimble.

Approximate distance: 208 miles (331 km)
Approximate duration: 5 Hours 35 Minutes


Below is accommodation available in North East Scotland, all tried and tested by local bikers.

Acarsaid Hotel

8 Atholl Road, Pitlochry, PH16 5BX 01796 472389

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Balranald Shepherd Huts

Balranald house, East clyne, Brora , Kw96ls 07856402801

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Cawdor House

7 Cawdor House, Nairn, Nairn, IV12 4QD 0044 (0) 1667 455 855

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Craiglea Guest House

Hillside Road, Braemar, AB35 5YU 01339 741641

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Dunmhor Guest House

67 High Street, Kingussie, PH211HX 01540662269

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Lairg Highland Hotel

Main Street, Lairg, IV27 4DB +44 (0) 1549 402243

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Moorfield House Hotel

Chapel Brae, Braemar, AB35 5YT 01339 741244

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Silverhowe B&B

Perth Road, Pitlochry, PH16 5LY 01796 472 181

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The Invercauld Arms Hotel

Main Street, Braemar, AB35 5YR 01339 741 605

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The Marykirk Hotel

Main Street, Marykirk, Laurencekirk, AB30 1UT 01674 840239

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The Mash Tun

8 Broomfield Square, Aberlour, AB38 9QP 01340 881771

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The Treehouse

Kinchurdy Road, Boat of Garten, Nr Aviemore, PH24 3BP 0131 337 7167

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Torcroft Lodges

Balnain, Drumnadrochit, Loch Ness, IV63 6TJ 01456 476350

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Torguish House

Daviot, Inverness, IV2 5XQ 01463 772208

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