Leather, Landscapes, and Lanes: Five UK Destinations for Bike Riders

Riding a motorcycle is more than just a mode of transportation - it's a thrilling adventure that ignites the senses and sets the soul on fire. And what better way to explore the stunning landscapes of the UK than on a bike? We’ve listed our top five rides across England, Wales, and Scotland that are guaranteed to make you hit the open road ASAP.

Hop on your trusty steed, and let's embark on a journey filled with scenic routes, urban jaunts, and unforgettable moments!

"Hop on your trusty steed, and embark on a journey filled with scenic routes, urban jaunts, and unforgettable moments!"

man in snow on top mountain with bike
Photo: ​​Matt McFadden

Lake District Loop - Cumbria, England ​


If you're a vintage motorcycle enthusiast, the Lake District Loop in Cumbria is a dream come true. Picture this: winding roads that snake through majestic mountains, fantasy forests, and serene lakes, while you feel the hum of your classic bike beneath you. It's like riding through a postcard-perfect painting!


But it's not just the stunning scenery that makes the Lake District Loop a must-ride for vintage motorcycle enthusiasts. It's also the quaint villages and charming pubs along the way where you can stop for a pint and some hearty grub. 


Who knows, you might even stumble upon a local band playing some old-school rock 'n' roll that'll have you dancing in your motorcycle boots.

bike with goldtop gloves in lake district
Photo: Matt McFadden​​
man in goldtop jersey by lake
Photo: Kei_Ragners​​

Brecon Beacons National Park - Wales


Calling all scrambler riders! If you crave off-road adventures, the Brecon Beacons National Park in Wales is the ultimate playground for your rugged bike. With its vast expanse of wild, open moorland and challenging trails, it's a natural obstacle course that'll put your riding skills to the test.


Strap on your favourite leather gloves, and get ready to tackle rocky paths, muddy tracks, and steep hills. But be warned - you might end up with mud splattered all over your race jersey, and your once pristine vintage motorcycle might turn into a dirt-spattered beast.


But hey, that's all part of the fun, right?


When you're not busy conquering the untamed wilderness of the Brecon Beacons, you can indulge in some well-deserved downtime. Just make sure to bring a spare set of clothes for when you're done, unless you're planning to rock the mud-spattered biker look all the way back home!

man in wales on vintage bike
Photo: Anthony Crook​​
man in wales
Photo: Anthony Crook​​

NC500 - Scotland


For cruisers who love the thrill of long, open roads and breath-taking vistas, the NC500 around the costal edges of Scotland is a bucket-list-worthy ride. With its sweeping panoramas of rugged mountains, sparkling lochs, and ancient castles, this ride is like a fairy-tale come to life, with you as the leading character on your majestic cruiser.


Don't be surprised if you feel like you're in a scene from a medieval fantasy movie as you ride the 516 miles of Scottish beauty. The highlands have an otherworldly charm that'll transport you to a realm of knights and dragons. 


Make sure to don your coolest leather jacket, because as you ride through the Scottish countryside, you'll want to look as badass as the stunning scenery around you. And let's not forget about the notorious weather - rain or shine, you'll need a pair of trusty leather gloves to keep your grip steady on the handlebars.


But it's not all about the breath-taking landscapes on this ride. You'll also encounter plenty of friendly locals along the way who are known for their warm hospitality and love for motorcycles. 

bike by lake in scotland
Photo: TBC​​
bike in scotland
Photo: trossachsrover​​

Brighton Beach Ride - East Sussex, England


For urban riders who enjoy the buzz of city life, the Brighton Beach Ride in East Sussex is a quirky adventure that's perfect for vintage bikes. Known for its vibrant culture, eclectic street art, and pebbled beaches, Brighton is a haven for free spirits.


As you cruise through the bustling streets of Brighton, you'll be surrounded by a sea of colourful characters - from street performers to beachgoers in wacky swimwear. It's a visual feast for the senses that'll make you feel like you've entered a parallel universe where individuality reigns supreme.


Brighton is also known for its unique style scene so it'll be the perfect place to let your inner fashionista shine, accessorise your Goldtop gear with vintage goggles or aviator shades, unique pin badges, patches or even some stand out stickers.


The ride to the iconic Brighton Beach is equally as thrilling when you're done with the urban charm. Cruise along the coast, and you'll be greeted by stunning sea views and the refreshing smell of saltwater in the air. When you finally reach the pebbled shores of Brighton Beach, you can park your bike, kick off your boots, and enjoy some fish and chips while soaking in the eccentric vibes of this unique destination.

man in brighton
Photo: TheLondonBonnie​​
bike in brighton
P​​hoto: Social_Tony_SGS

Snowdonia National Park - Wales


Last but not least, for those who crave the beauty of the great outdoors, Snowdonia National Park in Wales is a must-ride destination for bikers. With its majestic mountains, lush valleys, and pristine lakes, Snowdonia is a nature lover's paradise that promises an awe-inspiring ride.


Navigating the winding roads of Snowdonia, will make you feel like you're on a magical quest to conquer the mythical peaks of Wales. And what better way to channel your inner adventurer than with a classic leather jacket adorned with patches and pins that tell the story of your motorcycle escapades?


It's not just the natural beauty that makes Snowdonia a top ride for bikes. Along the way, you'll encounter plenty of charming Welsh villages where you can stop for some local delicacies, like bara brith or Welsh rarebit, and engage in some friendly banter with the locals.

women on bike in wales
Photo:​​ Carpe_Viem_Full_Throttle
man on bike in wales
Photo: TheNottsBobber​​


The UK offers a plethora of thrilling and scenic rides up and down the country, there really is something for every type of rider.


So, gear up, hop on your bike, and get ready for an adventure of a lifetime. No doubt you'll end up with a collection of memorable stories to share with your fellow riders.


May your motorcycle adventures be filled with breath-taking landscapes, thrilling twists and turns, friendly encounters, and of course, the most stylish leather jackets that'll make you the envy of every rider on the road.

Happy riding and keep the rubber side down!