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    Scotland Anyone?

    My wife and I are planning a trip to Scotland for the summer of 09. Plan is to rent 2 bikes and take ten days to do an unguided tour of Scotland and Ireland. Anyone out there with experience renting bikes in Scotland? We've spent time in England and Scotland, but all cautions, recommendations and other forms of advice will be appreciated. I'm especially interested in recommendations on where to rent the bikes.
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    unfortunately, i've only borrowed bikes in scotland, never rented, but definitely take the ride from Stirling to Inverness if you have time, also the lands west of that area are rugged, very rural and wild. the north west highlands are beautiful. costal areas north of Dundee towards Aberdeen also have their charm. good luck with the rental side!

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    I'm interested in this also

    My wife and I were considering a trip to Ireland or Scotland in 09' also (on bikes). Most the tours were very expensive, so I'm interested to see what you come up with in respect to rentals.

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    Quote Originally Posted by huddyk View Post
    My wife and I are planning a trip to Scotland for the summer of 09. Plan is to rent 2 bikes and take ten days to do an unguided tour of Scotland and Ireland. Anyone out there with experience renting bikes in Scotland? We've spent time in England and Scotland, but all cautions, recommendations and other forms of advice will be appreciated. I'm especially interested in recommendations on where to rent the bikes.
    http://www.bmwmoa.org/global/ToEurope.htm
    page down to
    ENGLAND/ UK (Scotland & Wales) [or] IRELAND

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    Quote Originally Posted by CourtFisher View Post
    http://www.bmwmoa.org/global/ToEurope.htm
    page down to
    ENGLAND/ UK (Scotland & Wales) [or] IRELAND
    Wow, thanks for directing me to this page.
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    Quote Originally Posted by huddyk View Post
    Wow, thanks for directing me to this page.
    More than just directing: he wrote it!
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    Quote Originally Posted by huddyk View Post
    My wife and I are planning a trip to Scotland for the summer of 09. Plan is to rent 2 bikes and take ten days to do an unguided tour of Scotland and Ireland. Anyone out there with experience renting bikes in Scotland? We've spent time in England and Scotland, but all cautions, recommendations and other forms of advice will be appreciated. I'm especially interested in recommendations on where to rent the bikes.

    Fantastic, although trying to tour both Scotland and Ireland in 10 days may be pushing it!

    The west coast of Scotland is my favorite, and if you have time, try and visit some of the islands like Mull and Skye.

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    visit the UK GSer site, as they have a Scottish section.
    http://ukgser.com/home/


    Perhaps you could suggest a bike swap, with someone there, coming over here at some point and getting to ride your bike. If that's a non-starter they will be able to help you with the hiring side of things.

    Try White Rose tours too, they might do a bike only hire, rather than a full planned trip.

    When in Scotland stick to the west coast and the Highlands, the lower East isn't so good, with St Andrews and Edinburgh being the exceptions.

    There are a few places on Unchainedworld that sound great for that area, so if you find any others, including a hire company, don't forget to add them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by coutel View Post
    ...Skye.
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    Doesn't matter how you get there (as long as you ride) and it isn't a destination, it's the trip.

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    Quote Originally Posted by huddyk View Post
    My wife and I are planning a trip to Scotland for the summer of 09. Plan is to rent 2 bikes and take ten days to do an unguided tour of Scotland and Ireland. Anyone out there with experience renting bikes in Scotland? We've spent time in England and Scotland, but all cautions, recommendations and other forms of advice will be appreciated. I'm especially interested in recommendations on where to rent the bikes.
    Brian and Alicia here
    Let us know what you find out. We have been talking about that same trip for a while and would love to tag along. Only need one bike wife is a great rider. NY Girl married a souther boy.

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    Argyleshire...it's the mutt's nuts, especially the Loch Fynne oyster cafe. Try Bradan Rost salmon..to die for. Inverary is quaint and Oban has a really good fish restaurant on the seafron in what looks like two porta cabins on top of each other. Go upstairs and try and sit on the left hand side (best views out over the water and isles).

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