2013 r1200gs adventure Outer Hebrides and Orkney april Motorcycle Tour

September 22, 2013  •  Leave a Comment
Earlier in the year I buggered off on my trusty r1200gs for 10 days to explore Harris and Lewis as well as Orkney. I have visited most of the Outer Hebrides before but have never been to the Isles of Lewis and Harris.

Harris was visually an amazing particular the Golden Road area in the south. Lewis is less mountainous but still beautiful with empty white beaches.

Orkney is packed with history and some very weird and wonderful people. Great roads and scenery and trips like this really make you realise how lucky we are to live in the UK and so close to Scotland.

I spent a few days on Harris and Lewis and about four days in Orkney. Ferries are good value for a biker and I wild camped a bit. Longest day in the saddle was Edinburgh to Ullapool via Oban and Applecross - about 440miles and it was very wet. It was fun once I'd got into the groove and the BMW r1200gs is a great bike when fully loaded. Fun but stable.

I hope you like the pictures and if you've never been to the Hebrides and Orkney get your finger out before you are just too old and fat!


battery WWII Stornoway
WWII battery in Stornoway on Lewis
Beach on South Lewis
Beach on South Lewis
An abandoned croft in Harris
An abandoned croft in Harris.. There are loads of these to explore but be careful
Harris r1200gs
The Golden Road on Harris.... One the most amazing roads in Scotland
Ruined House on Lewis
Love the van branding 'painter and decorator' ...
white beaches on Harris
Endless white beaches on Harris west coast
Sea Eagle on Harris
A sea eagle on Harris... They are Huge
harris roads on BMW r1200gs
Road heading south to Harris... Great roads over there
Lewis beach on Hebrides
More wonderful beaches
Harris Hebrides Motorcycle
Winding the motorcycle between Lochans on Harris
lewis abandoned
Abandoned Air force base ... Would have loved to have sneaked in for a look but was a bit timid
lewis abandoned
Power House on the way up to the base.
lewis camping
Lovely Camping Spot
Callanish Standing Stones
Callanish Standing Stones.... No barriers or ticket needed....just wander in. Great!!
Callanish Standing Stones
Just before I dropped and smashed my 70-200 2.8L lens....Doh!
Carloway broch
Carloway broch - A amazing structure
Carloway broch
Carloway broch - A amazing structure
Arty nonesense
Arty nonesense
wild camping spots on Lewis and Harris
One of many wonder wild camping spots on Lewis and Harris
wild camping spots on Lewis and Harris
One of many wonder wild camping spots on Lewis and Harris
Black House museum on Lewis
Black House museum on Lewis.. I sat by this fire for 20mins and was the only visitor
Black House museum on Lewis
Black House museum on Lewis.. I sat by this fire for 20mins and was the only visitor
The road to nowhere
The road to nowhere  ... Lord Leverbrooks mad and doomed scheme..
Lovely beach on northern tip of Lewis
Lovely beach on northern tip of Lewis
Array GPS r1200gs adventure
GPS array - very sc-fi
Touring KTM
Hard-core German biker touring on an old school KTM
Smoo Cave in Northern Scotland
Smoo Cave in Northern Scotland. Driven past it loads but never been in. It was pretty impressive.
Beachcombing scotland
Beachcombing in northern Scotland
Beachcombing scotland
Beachcombing in northern Scotland
Beachcombing scotland
Beachcombing in northern Scotland
orkney campsite
My wonderful campsite in Orkney...lovely kitchen set up
Hoxa Battery
Hoxa Battery
Italian Church built by POW's in WW11
Italian Church built by POW's in WW11
Italian Church built by POW's in WW11
Italian Church built by POW's in WW11
Exploring Orkney by Motorcycle
Exploring Orkney by Motorcycle ...the best way
Floats from submarine nets
Floats from submarine nets - So much WWI + WWII history in Orkney.............
older structures
As well as lots of far older structures! (I mean myself)
belly pork and pasta
Hmmmm... belly pork and pasta
twatt biker
Need I say more...Twatt biker
click mill on Orkney
Lovely old click mill on Orkney .... an old Norse design. Clever Vikings.
click mill on Orkney
Lovely old click mill on Orkney .... an old Norse design. Clever Vikings.
Dovecot
Inside a Dovecot...as you do
Evocative ruins and remains are abound on Orkney
Evocative ruins and remains are abound on Orkney
Abandoned youth hostel
Abandoned youth hostel not lived in for many years
Abandoned youth hostel
Abandoned youth hostel not lived in for many years
tomb of the eagles
Trolley into the Tomb of the Eagles.. Whistling Hotel California and giggling..
Orkney - Wildlife
Orkney - Wildlife and birdsong everywhere
wick
Heading south around Wick
 Fort George
Stone work of Fort George
Portsoy
Northeast coast  of Scotland is lovely and often bypassed... Around Portsoy
Portsoy
Northeast coast  of Scotland is lovely and often bypassed... Around Portsoy
Gardenstown
Gardenstown
Gardenstown
Gardenstown
puncture
Puncture near Aviemore ..... was a cold place for a repair...2 degrees!!
lost
I was trying to get there
Where I fixed the puncture....while mainly swearing...Aviemore
Where I fixed the puncture....while mainly swearing...Aviemore
edinburgh camping
Mad and lovely campsite just north of Edinburgh
moonlight campsite
Last Night camping then home....bright moon
isle of Lewis
One more shot of the isle of Lewis to end on..

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