Thunder in the Glens


It was business as usual in Scotland this August, as Thunder in the Glens once more delivered a highland fling to remember

Firmly established as one of the premier rallies in the H.O.G.® calendar, this year’s Thunder in the Glens, presented by the Dunedin Chapter and Edinburgh Harley-Davidson, hosted over 10,000 visitors over the weekend.

Described as “a thunderous success” by event organiser George McGuire, the rally saw visitors from as far afield as Australia, America and Malta, along with attendees from Italy, Germany, France, Belgium and, of course, the four corners of the UK and Ireland.

“We had a great mixture of regular and first-time visitors this year. There was a bride on her honeymoon, another woman on her hen do and a young boy from Aberdeen who was just old enough to be riding pillion with his dad – the future of Harley®!”

Rally highlights included the crowd favourite Saturday mass ride, with almost 2,000 bikes taking part. Stretching for almost 15 miles, it took 45 minutes to pass a given point, with thousands of spectators lining the route.

The H-D® demo rides also drew significant attention, with record numbers signing up for a test ride, while the other organised rides were fully subscribed.

“Unsurprisingly, many visitors took up the offer of a ‘whisky tasting’ ride on the Aviemore Steam Train - in fact, such was demand that two rides were needed, with plans for even more next year!” says George.

“The biggest surprise for everyone was the fact the sun shone for the whole weekend; a most welcome bonus!”

Music plays a big part in the Thunder legend and the 2019 line-up didn’t disappoint, with something to suit all tastes. This year also saw the introduction of a covered outdoor entertainment area, which was well received by all.

The biggest hits on stage included Live/Wire – the AC/DC Show, Johnny Cash Roadshow and the Clearwater Creedence Revival. Back by popular demand was the Thursday night Scottish Ceilidh band, complete with bagpipes and kilts aplenty, which went down a storm with over 300 rallygoers. “Such was the demand for some acts, we had to put up ‘house full’ signs,” says George.

As for next year, there are already plans afoot, with details of bands and entertainment set to be released in due course, while tickets go on general sale early in the New Year. “Rest assured, attendees will not be disappointed,” says George. “Once again we plan to build on this year’s successes, and are already looking to deliver more fabulous events for visitors to enjoy!”