A picture of a blue VF500 Honda motorcycle parked circa 1995
Honda VF500 circa 1995

My first bike was a Honda VF500, bought secondhand in Edinburgh in 1995. It had an after market fairing and a diy paint job but was great fun to ride! A few years (and motorcycles!) later, life in Inverness (the capital city of the beautiful Scottish Highlands) is good and I’m out on the open roads, whenever I can, on some of the most scenic routes in the country. That’s one of the best things about Inverness, you don’t have to ride for long before you find yourself in the most stunning of landscapes.

Inverness is also the official start and finish point of the NC500, a 516 mile scenic route around the north coast of Scotland – the ultimate road trip, especially on a motorbike. The route has everything; staggeringly beautiful scenery, history, archaeology, adventure, relaxation, music, culture and some of the best food and drink Scotland has to offer.

Picture of a motorbike parked in the private car park at The Ness Guest House B&B Inverness, chained to an anchor bolt
Motorcycle Parking at The Ness Guest House, B&B, Inverness, Scottish Highlands

Our B&B in Inverness is biker friendly, always has been. As a biker I know what’s important when choosing somewhere to stay. Our private parking is block paved and adjacent to the guest house. There is a secure anchor bolt in each parking space (there is a parking space for each of our four bedrooms) and the car park is well lit. If the Scottish weather is proving to be… well… very Scottish(!) then we can dry your protective outer gear and if you want to give your bike a quick clean we can provide you with what you need. All our rooms are ensuite, the wifi is free, there’s a full cooked Scottish breakfast included in the price and the guest house is only a short walk to Inverness city centre for pubs, restaurants and tourist attractions.

Picture of the autobiography of Barry Smith, World Championship Motorcyclist
Barry Smith, World Championship Motorcyclist stayed at The Ness Guest House, B&B Inverness

We had a world champion biker stay at our guest house back in 2017! Barry Smith, Australian professional Grand Prix motorcycle racer. He won the Isle of Man TT 50cc in 1968 and then three further consecutive wins at the Formula TT world championships between 1979 and 1981. He also won the 125 Australian national championships in 1978 and 1981. What a career and what a great guy, so personable and incredibly modest.

The Scottish Highlands are a superb place to explore on a motorcycle and Inverness is a great base from which to start your journey.