Scotland or Ireland?

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  1. Ah Um

    Ah Um A lurker emerges

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    I'm considering a motorcycle vacation in either Scotland or Ireland around mid-May next year. It would be a self-guided tour with my wife riding pillion, probably around 9 days.

    The options: I could rent from Celtic Rider outside of Dublin, or Scotland by Bike in Aberdeen.

    My family is originally from Orkney, so Scotland would be have that discover-your-roots vibe to it. We have friends in Dublin who we like a lot and rarely see.

    Both will be expensive, with sketchy weather and food, and great booze and scenery. I have a feeling the roads might be more fun in Ireland, but that's just based on what I've seen online.

    So...it's a toss-up. What say you?
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  2. Ah Um

    Ah Um A lurker emerges

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    Apologies.
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  3. Ken Fritz

    Ken Fritz Long timer

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    You absolutely need very good truly waterpoof gear and some good defog for the visors. Don't forget to keep your mobile phone and passports dry, too. Have fun.
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  4. Mark Manley

    Mark Manley Been here awhile

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    There are excellent roads and scenery in either country but Scotland is my favourite, the UK is cheaper than Ireland for most things, the beer is better, I say that as someone who loves stout and dark beers and so is the weather.

    Use Michelin map 501 for route planning, follow the roads marked in green as scenic routes and you can't go wrong.
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  5. IndyRC

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    We rented bikes from Scotland by Bike in 2011 and it was a great experience. We are planning a return trip next year and will again rent from Scotland by Bike. The riding and scenery was amazing. I can't wait to go back.
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  6. Warin

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    I've not been to Ireland yet .. keep overstaying in Scotland... 9 days will not be enough!! :))

    Soon I'll have to start out in Ireland .. so I can see it. May be the next trip? Need to spend some time in Dublin tracing relatives...

    Think you'll enjoy either. Food is ok in Scotland. Put a flag on the bike so the locals don't talk too funny to you.

    -------- Key to European touring - Waterproof gear, not the kind you pull over the protective gear but integrated. It rains frequently and does not often get anywhere near hot.
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  8. Serbchaser

    Serbchaser Chasin' the Serb

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    FWIW - my wife and I rented a GS from Celtic Rider in September for four days and did the southern half of Ireland and absolutely loved it. Everything about it was great - roads, scenery, people, food, etc.

    Go for it.:clap
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  9. wheatwhacker

    wheatwhacker It's raining here

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    It's comments like this make me realize why I returned to Ireland.
    Next summer, we will have a "motocamp" up and running.
    Please visit for a natter, a room or a tent spot and a cold beer.
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  10. Ah Um

    Ah Um A lurker emerges

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    I've been reading about your services, Wheatwhacker. I'll send you a PM with some questions, if you don't mind.
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  11. Ah Um

    Ah Um A lurker emerges

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    Lots to think about. Knowing me, I'll change my mind a few times before I finally pull out the credit card and book something.
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  13. Andysr6

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    Hi, if you mainly want a great riding vacation then Scotland has by far the better roads. You could do both as the cost of a return ferry between Scotland and Ireland is less than $200 for bike and 2 people. Andy
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  14. Essex of Essex

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    I have toured both, Scotland has the more spectacular scenery and I think the better roads, Ireland has a much more gentle pace to it; I don't think you would be disappointed with either as the venue for a riding holiday.
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