Scottish Section News

Please note although our Website and Calendar have been updated with proposed weekend events for 2022 please always check with the organiser or a committee member before travelling.

Very pleased to report that we are back to "normal" whatever that is.  All our lunch meets are running as is the Monday natter nite (see Calendar for details). Duncan has started up his adhoc monthly Saturday ride in to eats. For details keep a look out on the Section Forum or Facebook pages.

The Longest Day in Dornoch 17 - 19 June is the next weekend event. This is followed by a new venue to us Haughton House Holiday Park 24 to 26 June. Haughton House is replacing our usual weekend at Ballater as the Campsite in Ballater was unable to accommodate us.


Date CHANGE May Day Bank Holiday Hotel weekend 30th April to 3rd May

The Rob Roy Hotel, Aberfoyle are uncertain whether they will be able/allowed to open in time for our weekend.  Current Scottish Government restrictions are very unclear and there is not another update due for 3 weeks.

The decision has been made to move our weekend to Friday 16th, Saturday 17th and Sunday 18th July when it is more likely the weekend will be able to go ahead.  Also the majority of us will have had our vaccine doses by then.  (If this weekend is cancelled due to covid deposits will be refunded.)

Your booking will automatically be transferred to the new dates BUT If the new dates are NOT acceptable to you please contact the Rob Roy Hotel direct 01877 382245 to cancel your booking and request a refund of your deposit.

We really hope that you will all be able to join us.

Judy & the Scottish Committee.

As our lunch meets are beginning to open please be aware that you attend any of these events at your own risk and should be willing to abide by any restrictions in force at the time such as social distancing, wearing masks etc.

At the time of writing 4th August the Powmill Milk Bar is open they are not taking bookings, there is reduced indoor seating capacity and there is no increase in outdoor seating capacity but canopies have been erected in case of inclement weather. Washroom facilities are available.


As at 4th August Hopeville Social Club is still closed. Information will be circulated as soon as it becomes available.


News from BMW Mottorrad Dalkeith


The long-awaited R 18 will be unveiled via live stream on YouTube on Friday 3 April at 7 pm.

Please feel free to join us by using the link below, the team are excited, we hope you are too, and we look forward to sharing this stunning machine with you all. 
The premiere will be hosted on YouTube and the link to watch is:

Gretna Hall Hotel - 1 - 4 May, 2020

 I have been negotiating with the Gretna Hall Hotel to try and find a solution to Club members not losing the non-refundable deposits made at the time of booking direct with the hotel.  The management of Gretna Hall have agreed to move our event to 6th - 9th May, 2022 as below:

 "Thank you for your patience during this terrible time for the industry. We have indeed closed our hotels for minimum 3 weeks as advised by the Scottish Government. Without knowing if we will be back open for May I have spoken with management and they have agreed to being able to move 100% of the deposit to 6th May 2022. Hopefully by then it will all be a distant memory.

 Currently we our 2020 rates are at £50.00 per person per night and I have been able to get management to agree on a lower increase in 2022 to £55.00 per person per night."

 This was the best outcome I could achieve.  Please put the date in your calendar.

 Look forward to seeing everyone at the Rob Roy Hotel on Friday 30th April - 3rd May 2021.

 Best wishes & stay healthy


Covid Impact

We regret that due to the Covid-19 situation all our Section activities are cancelled until further notice.  WATCH THIS SPACE FOR THE LATEST INFORMATION.

We have not deleted any of our activities from our calendar because prospective new members may wish to see the range of activities and events our Section and the Club offers.

First Weekend Event of 2020

January Lochearnhead Weekend

15 Reprobates arrived Friday afternoon for fun, laughter, booze and food. 3 intrepid riders on bikes.  Furthest travelled was Rob of the Northern section from Preston area.  Keith “the Boss” was in charge and made sure everyone did as they were told as well as cooking up a storm over the 2 days.  I am told there were a few sore heads Saturday morning.  Nigel M (not Mac) suffering the most, as it was self inflicted there was no sympathy for him.

Many thanks to Keith and his helpers.  Without Keith this weekend would not have happened.

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The BMW Club Invade Scotland

The Scottish Section May Bank Holiday Hotel weekend. 3rd to 6th May 2019

For 9 years now we have been holding a Hotel weekend the first weekend in May. We alternate between the Rob Roy Hotel, Aberfolye and Gretna Hall Hotel, Gretna Green.  This year, 2019, we were at the Rob Roy Hotel on the edge of Aberfoyle.

As we have done for the last 9 years Marjorie, Eric, Jim and I booked ourselves into the Hotel for the Thursday night so that we could be in the car park to welcome Club members and guests as they arrived on Friday.

154 Club members and guests from East Anglia, Mercia, Midland, Northern, North East, Scottish and definitely last but not least Yorkshire sections gathered at the Rob Roy Hotel on the edge of Aberfoyle. Around 90 bikes and 6 cars started arriving at mid day one of the last to arrive were Helen Beer and friends from the Exeter area making their annual pilgrimage to Scotland. At roughly the same time a couple of Scottish section members arrived from Stonehaven having had a very challenging journey during which they had ridden through a very heavy hail storm.

Within 30 minutes of arriving “Bed Breakers” Gill & Nick set the tone of fun and laughter for the weekend. Nick’s words “I only sat on it” yeah right and we believe that they are Yorkshire section members after all.


Friday evening after dinner Club member John Fergusson, author of The Motorcyclists Guide to Scotland gave a very entertaining and interesting talk on how his book came into being.

Ride outs:  The plan was that there would be 4 different routes 2 on Saturday and 2 on Sunday each ride leader only leading one ride. We had 4 volunteers for ride leaders Jim Lepley, Nigel MacDonald, Duncan Colburn and Billy Gregor which was perfect. Tail enders Marjorie Burnett, Drew Nicholson, Piers Kurrein and Billy’s tail ender.  Everyone doing a grand job with no losses reported.

Saturday Rides:

Trossachs and Campsie route led by Jim Lepley with Marjorie Burnett as a very able back marker. Jim had adapted The Campsie Fells and the Trossachs Tour from John Fergusson’s book.  Jim led a brilliant ride at the perfect pace which enabled the 20 bikes following to enjoy the scenery. The coffee, lunch and viewpoint stops worked perfectly. I think Jim has earned himself a job for next year. As did back marker Marjorie Burnett.

Tighnabruaich route devised by Drew Nicholson led by Nigel MacDonald with Drew as back marker.

Saturday evening after dinner our Lighthouse Bill gave an informative and  interesting talk and slide show on his European Capital Cities Tour.

Sunday Rides:

Billy Gregor led a ride to the Falkirk Wheel and Kelpies. Billy led a very wet ride to the Kelpies last time we were at the Rob Roy in 2017. So the dry weather this year was very welcome.

Duncan Colburn with Piers Kurrein as back marker led a ride to Faslane, Inverary,Dalmally, Tyndrum, Lochearnhead and Dukes Pass. Duncan had adapted a Dave Foster route to a shorter distance.  Duncan reported  “My ride went well after people initially sorted themselves out,  joined the group they intended to (after following the wrong party) and finally believed me that Piers WAS our back marker!” All good fun I am sure!

Sunday afternoon before dinner our Lighthouse Bill hosted a “quick fire quiz”.  Great fun and we even managed to answer a lot of the questions.  Participants particularly liked the early musical section which offered the chance for a bit of singing. Well done Bill your quizzes are becoming legendary.

Sunday after dinner small prizes were presented for:

Best Classic R75/5 owner Paul Wilkie

Best Modern K1600 owner Ali Johnston

Our judge was Mick Holmes who is a Scottish Section member from Essex.  Mick is very hard man to please he has been riding and building bikes for over 50 years and is very much a Norton man.

The Furthest travelled prize went to Helen Beer this year. Distances are calculated by Jim using the members post code and the most direct route to Aberfoyle.

The raffle draw followed and was well run by Duncan Colburn and Billy Gregor.  Prizes in no particular order:

The Rob Roy Hotel donated a dinner, bed & breakfast voucher along with 2 bottles of booze.  

Motorworks, for the third year running, donated vouchers worth £50 and £25.

Artist Jane Bayliss donated one of her paintings.

Dave Foster donated a Haynes service and repair manual for BMW R Series 2 valve twins 70 – 96.

Bill Gault donated at least 2 bottles of booze.

John Fergusson donated a copy of The Motorcyclist’s Guide to Scotland.

The Yorkshire Section donated 3 tee shirts. 

The Scottish section purchased  an Emergency Jump Starter/Charger Kit specifically for Motorcycles, a Visor Cat and various BMW Regalia items.

The Rob Roy Hotel is just amazing value it is a 2 star hotel which offers a 5 star service.  The rooms are clean and warm.  The food is good.  Plenty of comfortable seating in the bar area and there are quiet areas to sit in other parts of the hotel. There is plenty of excellent parking.  All the staff provide a first class and friendly service.

Thanks to the Scottish committee and to everyone who helped to make the weekend fun and very enjoyable.  A folder of photos can be found in our Gallery.

A grand time was had by all with just about everyone there making a point of coming to say goodbye and tell us how much they had enjoyed themselves before they left on Monday morning.  A lot of people asking about next year.  We will be at the Gretna Hall Hotel details as follows and several folk have already booked.  So if you want to be sure of getting a room I suggest you book it now.

1st – 4th May: Scottish Section Hotel weekend Gretna Hall Hotel, Gretna Green, DG74 5DY. The hotel is situated just off the M74/M6 and is a perfect base from which to ride glorious quiet roads in every direction. Many attractions to visit in the area. Cost: £150.00 per person for 3 night’s dinner, bed breakfast based on 2 sharing. Single supplement £15.00pppn. Deposit of £30 pp on booking. Full payment required 28 days before event. To book telephone: 01461 338257 please quote BMW Motorcycle Club 2020. More information on Click Calendar or contact Judy: tel.01592 874592

Scottish Motorcycle Show 9 & 10 March

Come and visit us on the Club stand in the Lomond Hall.  You might even be lucky enough to be offered a cup of coffee. Not guaranteeing that of course!!!


We would like to extend a warm welcome to the new members who joined the Club and Scottish section at Motorcycle Live and also those who joined on line after the show. Jim and I spent 10 days working on the Club stand and thoroughly enjoyed meeting up with new and existing members.


Bill Gault reports there were 10 members at the Hopeville on 25 November a good time had by all. Gerry & Cherry, Pete & Diane, Somersal, Norman & his wife, Bill, another couple (apologies) whose name he’s forgotten.

All Section members welcome to join them for a Christmas dinner with all the trimmings on Sunday 23rd December at the usual time 12.30.


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