We were excited to attend our first Thunder in the Glens rally last weekend!
Thunder is an annual Harley-Davidson bike rally held in Aviemore, Scotland, established in 1996. The event is run by the Dunedin Chapter Scotland of the Harley Owners Group. Running over the last weekend of August every year, the event consists of Harley-Davidson displays, rallies and live music.
Thunder in the Glens is currently the largest HOG chapter rally in the UK and Europe. Although mainly for Harley-Davidson bikes, the event is open to all bikers and trikers.
The rally consists of an organised ride from Aviemore through the Scottish Highlands to Grantown on Spey. When the event first started, there were around 200 participants in the rally. In 2015, there was over 3000 bikers, and by 2016, it rose to 4000.
The profits from Thunder go to local charities.
The event is said to substantially boost the local economy of the town of Aviemore. It was suggested the event contributed £15million to the Aviemore economy in 2016. Although local residents were initially hesitant about the event, nervous the bikers would be similar to those depicted in films such as The Wild One, the bikers are now welcomed into the town every year.
We certainly enjoyed the weekend, and thanks to the organisers for their hard work!