As a lone female motorbiking around Iran, Lois Pryce certainly stood out – but she’s adamant the risks were worth taking
The Foreign Office hardly encourages prospective visitors to Iran. Advising against all but essential travel, it also warns of “suspicion about the UK.” More starkly, it says: “British nationals could be detained in Iran despite their complete innocence”.
Those who go often seek the security of a tour group. Independent travellers are sparse; motorcyclists even rarer. As for lone, female bikers – well, they may be in a minority of one.
Lois Pryce went on a three-week solo motorbike tour of the country in September , her curiosity piqued by the mixed messages she had heard.
“On the one hand I’d hear awful things about women being stoned for adultery, the highest rate of execution in the world, and nuclear enriching,” she says. “Then overland travellers would say Iran was wonderful and their favourite country, and that difference intrigued me.
“I was aware that there was an element of risk, as there is no British representation in Iran, but I believed that it was a risk worth taking – and I am so glad I did.”