Motorcycle Tours in and around the Limousin
We have a wide range of motorcycle road tours for all bikers with some beautiful scenery and a wonderful mix of roads. There are fast sweeping bends to tight twisties. This area of the Limousin is really a marvellous place to bike and we frequently venture into the Dordogne as the border is nearby.
Road surfaces are generally very good and there is little traffic, compared to the UK. Whichever route you take on your motorcycle tour you will ride through quaint, pretty villages with plenty of cafes available for coffee stops or lunch. Be warned though that French lunches are huge and usually accompanied by wine. We can recommend places where you can get a lighter snack for lunch, especially if you are on our Premium rate which includes your evening meal. You really don’t want to be filling up at lunch time!
The motorcycle tour destinations listed below are just some of the more common ones. We have GPX routes available or we can come out for a ride with you if you prefer. We can tailor the length and, of course, speed of the ride to your preferences. Of course. we appreciate that some bikers like to see the sights and some are more interested in the ride. Just let us know what works for you.
Additionally check out our guide to motorcycling laws in France that you really should be aware of.
Lac de Vassiviere
The lac de Vassivière, one of France’s largest artificial lakes, is a large man-made reservoir of about 10 square kilometres. That’s 2,500 acres! It is situated on the Plateau de Millevaches in the departments of Creuse and Haute-Vienne. It is the largest area of water in the Limousin region of France. Also it provides water supplies, hydroelectricity, and leisure facilities.
There are some great roads on the way to and around the lake so it’s a popular motorcycle tour with guests.
Brantome - Venice of the Perigord
Brantome is an attractive town near the northern edge of the Dordogne department which has a nice mix of medieval and renaissance architecture to admire. The town is classed as one of ‘les Plux Beaux Detours’, most beautiful detours, in France.
Brantome sits on a bend of the river Dronne that encircles a large part of the town. The steep wooded slopes form an attractive backdrop. The Benedictine Abbey, built by Charlemagne in 769, on the river’s edge is superb. This along with the old stone bridge, weir and pretty mill, all make for a very photogenic scene. These are what make Brantome one of the most beautiful towns of the Dordogne.
We have a really good motorcycle tour route to Brantome. Therefore it is another popular choice, for the quality of the roads as well as the destination.
Oradour sur Glane - the martyr village
On 10 June 1944, the village of Oradour-sur-Glane in Haute-Vienne in Nazi-occupied France was destroyed when 642 of its inhabitants, including women and children, were massacred by a German Waffen-SS company.
To this day it is not known for sure why Oradour sur Glane was selected but there is speculation that it was confused with nearby Oradour sur Vayres. Supposedly, at Oradour sur Vayres, an SS officer was being held captive by the Resistance.
This is a popular motorcycle tour destination for those with an interest in WWII history.
Arnac-Pompadour is a commune in the Corrèze department in the Nouvelle-Aquitaine region of central France.
In Nouvelle-Aquitaine and on directional signs, the commune is usually simply called Pompadour. Although the actual village of Pompadour is shared between Arnac-Pompadour and Saint-Sornin-Lavolps.
The name of Pompadour became world-famous due to the favourite of Louis XV, Madame de Pompadour, to whom the King gave the chateau. Additionally she received the associated title of Marquise.
The town is famous for its chateau and its stud farm. The Pompadour National Anglo-Arab Stud is headquarters of the French National Stud and France’s principal production centre of Anglo-Arabian horses. The racecourse is beautifully landscaped with the chateau as the backdrop. There are many equestrian events of all types held throughout the year here.
Just southwest of Padirac in the Causses du Quercy Regional Nature Park stands the sacred village of Rocamadour. Built on 3 successive levels, Rocamadour is both a place of legend and history where old stone houses, majestic towers and a castle keep cascade off the cliff into the Alzou Canyon.
Not only is the village one of France’s most important tourist destinations and a UNESCO World Heritage Site, it has also been a crucial pilgrimage site on the ‘Way of Saint James’ for hundreds of years.
Rising up 120 metres, this vertiginous Citadel of Faith is best summed up by an old local saying. ‘Houses on the river, churches on the houses, rocks on the churches, castle on the rock’.
The sacred city of Rocamadour boasts 4 beautiful arched stone gates: Porte Basse, Porte du Figuier, Porte Salmon and Porte Hugon.
The town below the monastic buildings lies on the lowest slopes. Trimmed with beautiful gold stone houses and lauzé roofs, the main street is entirely car-free and houses a number of charming restaurants and quirky boutiques.
You can take the train from the car park up the hill to the town centre and then maybe walk back down?
Because modern history has largely passed it by, Sarlat has remained preserved and one of the towns most representative of 14th century France. It owes its current status on France’s Tentative List for future nomination as a UNESCO World Heritage site to the enthusiasm of writer, resistance fighter and politician André Malraux, who, as Minister of Culture (1960–1969), restored the town and many other sites of historic significance throughout France. The centre of the old town consists of impeccably restored stone buildings and is largely car-free.
Collonges la Rouge
The medieval turrets of Collonges-la-Rouge define the skyline of this unusual 14th century village. The distinctive deep red sandstone of the buildings (rich in iron oxide) sets it apart from any other and is at its most striking at dusk. The village became a stronghold of the Viscounts of Turenne in the 14th century, one of the largest fiefdoms in France. A wander through the narrow cobbled streets leads to an impressive church, artisanal workshops, lovely restaurants and small boutiques selling local wines and decorative objects.
The centre boasts many impressive 15th and 16th century houses such as the Maison de la Sirène. This has period interiors and a small mermaid sculpted in a stone outside. A visit to the Château de Vassinhac, owned by the former feudal Lord of the town, is worthwhile. Here you can now see it is fully refurbished with antique pieces including the former bed chambers of the famous French writer Colette.
Millau viaduct holds the world record for the tallest bridge, culminating at 343 metres (higher than the Eiffel tower), 2460 metres long and touching the bottom of the Tarn valley in only 9 places.
Conceived by the French engineer Michel Virlogeux and designed by the English architect Lord Norman Foster, it fits perfectly into the naturally intact and grandiose landscape. A very thin slightly curved steel roadway supported by stays gives it the appearance of a huge yacht. The ensemble rests on 7 very slender pillars.
It is about 400 miles round trip from 3Bs Biking to Millau so not for the faint-hearted but we are ideally placed for a stop off on your way down to it!
Nestled in a bend of the river Lot and surrounded by steep arid limestone hills, this historic city is home to great monumental diversity. Mainly inherited from Roman times and the Middle Ages; the city’s monumental attributes include a historic city centre, Saint-Etienne cathedral, Roman walls and the famous Valentré bridge (UNESCO World Heritage Site as part of the pilgrimage path to Santiago de Compostela). Famed for its black wine and gastronomy (truffles and foie gras) This typical southern French city is famed for its black wine and gastronomy (truffles and foie gras). Additionally it holds the label of the French Towns of art and History.