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Bridgestone Britain Coast to Coast: Scotland

Motorcycle routes in Scotland. Bridgestone coast to coast.

This yr we’ve teamed up with Bridgestone to deliver you a collection of unimaginable coast to coast rides all through the British and Irish Isles. We’ve plotted out 4 unimaginable rides, one every for Scotland, England, and Wales, after which one other that’ll take us coast to coast on the Emerald Isle.

We’re kicking issues off with our Scottish instalment, to experience from the North Sea to the North Channel on a fantastic 246-mile lengthy route via an space of the nation that’s typically missed – the Southern Uplands.

Beginning in Eyemouth on the east coast, just some miles north of the border with England, this journey will take you thru Scotland’s least populous area, previous historic cities, alongside babbling rivers, by means of distant valleys and forests, and into Scotland’s highest village, earlier than you attain the nation’s most southerly level, the Mull of Galloway.

The Southern Uplands

Motorcycle routes in Scotland. Bridgestone coast to coast.
Beginning off in Eyemouth

When a visit to Scotland is within the providing, it’s all too tempting to blast via the Southern Uplands on the A74(M), however to take action would imply lacking out on a few of the greatest roads that the nation has to supply. In fact, with so many individuals flying via this sparsely populated space of the nation, it signifies that you’ll come throughout little or no visitors on the ribbons of tarmac that criss-cross their method via the mountain ranges.

Whereas we plotted this route from east to west, it’s simply as charming to experience it from west to east. It’s doable in a day, although if you wish to actually take your time and benefit from the journey whereas exploring the varied sights and points of interest, you then’d be greatest off taking two days to journey it, selecting Moffat as your in a single day cease.

Ranging from the seafront in Eyemouth (throw a couple of pennies on the arcade for previous occasions’ sake), we head out of city in the direction of the A1, a busy street that’s relatively unremarkable save for the truth that it’s the UK’s longest numbered street, connecting London and Edinburgh over a distance of 410 miles. We’re solely on it for a few miles earlier than taking a left, starting our lengthy and fantastic journey west throughout the magnificent and distant Southern Uplands.

The guts of Robert the Bruce

Motorcycle routes in Scotland. Bridgestone coast to coast.

Motorcycle routes in Scotland. Bridgestone coast to coast.
The magnificent A708 to Moffat

Between Eyemouth and Melrose, the going is straightforward, and the surroundings is nice, however within the distance the gorgeous peaks of the Eildon Hills rise to the south of Melrose. Anticipation for what lies forward builds as you strategy them, however earlier than we head into the mountainous terrain of the Southern Uplands, it’s value popping into Melrose for a fast go searching. It’s a gorgeous city, and a go to to the abbey is really helpful. Apparently, Robert the Bruce, King of the Scots through the First Warfare of Scottish Independence, requested that his coronary heart be buried right here, and it was, within the chapter home.

The journey from Melrose to Moffat is when this journey actually comes into its personal. Begin off by passing Abbotsford, the house of Sir Walter Scott, the well-known Scottish novelist and playwright, earlier than following the River Tweed and Yarrow Water. Earlier than lengthy, you’ll be driving the fantastic A708 that twists and turns with the bends of the river, ultimately resulting in the scenic St Mary’s Loch. From St Mary’s Loch, the experience to Moffat is incredible, persevering with on the A708 as you drop right into a dramatic, steep-sided valley.

Moffat is understood for being the centre of motorcycling in southern Scotland, and it appears that evidently regardless of which street you’re taking out of the city you’ll have a blast driving it. Our route takes you north, the brown street signal as you allow the city studying ‘A701 Scenic Path to Edinburgh’ supplying you with an concept of the street that lies forward. Whereas we don’t comply with the route all the best way to Scotland’s capital, for 24 miles we journey by means of the beautiful Moffat Hills to Broughton.

Three-pass experience

Motorcycle routes in Scotland. Bridgestone coast to coast.

Motorcycle routes in Scotland. Bridgestone coast to coast.
Driving the three passes

And issues simply get higher and higher as we head west from right here, with an unimaginable three-pass journey simply over the opposite aspect of the motorway. Zig-zagging down the Lowther Hills, this 50-mile portion of the route is just excellent, and also you’ll be tempted to show again and experience it once more. From north to south, we experience the Crawick Cross, the Mennock Move, and the Dalveen Cross, with the Mennock Move taking you thru Wanlockhead, the very best village in Scotland and residential to the Museum of Lead Mining, an attraction that’s nicely value a go to.

After the unimaginable driving of the three passes, you’d be forgiven for considering that this route can’t probably give you far more – however you’d even be incorrect. After reaching New Galloway we comply with The Queen’s Means, marked because the A712 on the map, which carves its method via Galloway Forest and previous Clatteringshaws Loch. Whereas our route takes you out and in of Galloway Forest Park, it’s nicely value taking a while to discover the great thing about the world that’s so distant that it turned the primary place within the UK to be granted Darkish Sky Park standing in 2009. A Darkish Sky Park is an space that’s stored freed from synthetic mild air pollution.

In fact, this wouldn’t be a coast to coast route if we merely stopped after Galloway Forest Park, and so we proceed onwards, on the house run now and to the Mull of Galloway, Scotland’s most southerly level. This remarkably unspoilt spit of land feels prefer it’s managed to keep away from the attentions of mankind, save for the few strains of tarmac and the stunning lighthouse that sits on the clifftops. Upon reaching this, you’ll have completed your experience, hopefully smiling from ear to ear. When you’ve received it in you, deal with the 115 steps of the lighthouse and, as soon as on the highest and on a transparent day, you’ll have the ability to see England, Scotland, Eire, and the Isle of Man. In the event you haven’t, you’ll be happy to know there’s a café.

The tyres

Motorcycle routes in Scotland. Bridgestone coast to coast.

Motorcycle routes in Scotland. Bridgestone coast to coast.
Bridgestone’s new Adventurecross AX41 tyres

We collaborated with Bridgestone to create this superb path to have fun the corporate’s journey tyre, the Battlax Journey A41. The journey bike particular A41 takes over from the superb A40 and presents improved grip in all circumstances (very important when driving the various high quality and often-wet roads of southern Scotland). It additionally comes with improved dealing with in corners and maintains the long-lasting custom of the A40.

We fitted the A41s to our long-term Triumph Tiger 800 XCx, and we’ve coated hundreds of miles on the tyres, each solo and two-up, plus we’ve been on launches in a rain-soaked Spain and checked them out on and off-road within the dry circumstances of Morocco. If there was as single phrase that might sum up the tyre’s efficiency in all the above circumstances, it’s ‘excellent’.

The route

Motorcycle routes in Scotland. Bridgestone coast to coast.

Motorcycle routes in Scotland. Bridgestone coast to coast.
The very best village in Scotland

Put the next waypoints into your SatNav to comply with as close to as dammit the ABR and Bridgestone Scotland Coast to Coast route. NB: This route is on the market as a gpx file with the intention to obtain it and stick it straight in your SatNav. Head to www.bit.ly/ABRroutesScot and enter the thread titled ‘ABR and Bridgestone Scotland Coast to Coast route information’ to obtain it.

1. Eyemouth

2. Melrose Abbey

three. Moffat

four. Broughton

5. Sanquhar

6. Elvanfoot

7. Thornhill

eight. New Galloway

9. Newton Stewart

10. Cairngaan

Complete mileage: 246 miles

Competitors time

Motorcycle routes in Scotland. Bridgestone coast to coast.

Motorcycle routes in Scotland. Bridgestone coast to coast.
Incredible roads by means of distant valleys

We’ve created these Coast to Coast routes with a view to rejoice the launch of Bridgestone’s new Adventurecross AX41 tyres, which might be launched later this winter. So, all through this collection, which can run by way of to the top of August, we’ve teamed up with Bridgestone to provide the probability to get your arms on some really unimaginable prizes value as much as £1,500!

After every of our Coast to Coast routes have been posted, we’ll give you gpx. information with the intention to go and journey them for your self. When you’re driving them, be sure to take some footage, as it’s these that may enter you into the competitors. Merely ship your greatest snaps out of your Scotland Coast to Coast experience to bryn@adventurebikerider.com with the topic line of ‘Bridgestone Coast to Coast Competitors’ to enter.

You’ll have till 11:59pm on August 31, 2019 to submit your photographs, and you may enter as many occasions as you need. After this, we’ll choose the winners by selecting our favorite pictures. There might be two classes of winner – those that take an image of a motorcycle with Bridgestone tyres fitted alongside considered one of our routes, and people with out Bridgestone tyres. The prize breakdown is like so:

With Bridgestone tyres fitted:

1st: Full, head to toe RST package, together with an AGV helmet – approximate worth £1,500

2nd: In a single day keep for 2 on the Lake Vyrnwy Lodge, adopted by a day on the Mick Extance Off Street Expertise – approximate worth £1,000

third: AGV journey helmet – approximate worth £500

With out Bridgestone tyres fitted:

1st: AGV journey helmet – approximate worth £500

2nd: A day on the Mick Extance Off Street Expertise – approximate worth £250

third: Pair of RST Journey Boots – approximate worth £125

So, what are you ready for? Get your self over to www.bit.ly/ABRroutesScot and enter the thread titled ‘ABR and Bridgestone Scotland Coast to Coast route information’ to obtain your gpx. file and get driving!

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