The North Coast 500 is a 516-mile scenic route around the north coast of Scotland, starting and ending at Inverness Castle. The route is also known as the NC500 and was launched in 2015, linking many features in the north Highlands of Scotland in one touring route.
Why not hire a motorhome to take on this spectacular journey. Please find some useful information below.
The NC500 starts in the northern city of Inverness, weaves along the west coast to Applecross and then northwards towards the towns of Torridon and Ullapool. From there, you’ll venture to some of the most northerly coastal points in Scotland, passing by Caithness and John o’ Groats before heading south again through Dingwall and finally back to Inverness.
- Distance: 516 miles
- Trip length: at least 7 – 8 days is recommended.
- Accommodation: book well in advance.
- Transport: What better than a motorhome.
Visit Scotland – There’s nothing quite like the freedom of the long open road. Never-ending back roads, wide meandering country tracks and beautiful bends through some of Scotland’s finest coastal scenery are just a few things you can expect along the North Coast 500. Strap yourself in for the road trip of a lifetime.
TwoScotsabroad – North Coast 500 spoiler alert. This Scot has a secret to share. I do not mean to alarm or upset but Scotland has been hiding something from you. The north coast has always been there. The turquoise beaches, the fresh fish from line to lips and the friendly locals looking to share a sing-song with you are not new but they definitely are unique and thanks to a strong marketing strategy, the secret is out and Scotland’s North Coast 500 itinerary is on the map.
Northcoast500 – A comprehensive guide to routes, where to stay, what to see and where to eat! ‘’Embark on one of the world’s most iconic coastal touring routes, and discover the breath-taking beauty of the North Highlands; a place where you’ll find white sand beaches, rugged mountains, hidden gems and a wealth of unforgettable experiences.’’
Alongdustyroads – Where to stay each night? What activities can’t you miss? Are there any restaurants or distilleries along the way that you simply have to visit? Will you leave enough time for hikes and walks up Munros or to spot some wildlife? Are you being realistic in terms of daily driving times?