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This can be a challenging drive requiring your full attention but the experience is worth it. It... read more

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North Coast 500 3 day tour

Excellent scenery especially in the West. Strongly recommend Rabbie’s 3 day tour, guided with lots... read more

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The North Coast 500 is Scotland's biggest road trip measuring over 500 miles. The route begins in Inverness and flows along the stunning coastal edges of the North Highlands in one round trip. Bringing together the best of the Highlands from...more
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Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

This can be a challenging drive requiring your full attention but the experience is worth it. It seemed like every curve and hill crest revealed another picture postcard view. The scenery is nature at its very best. And lots of it. Be sure to check...More

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Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Excellent scenery especially in the West. Strongly recommend Rabbie’s 3 day tour, guided with lots of stops to see sights, castles, etc. Our driver, Helen, was welcoming, funny, full of knowledge about highland life and history. Small group, 10 people, all very friendly and all...More

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Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

What an epic road trip. Even if we did do more like 700 miles due to detours and Double backs The weather wasn’t with us. It rained every day but the scenery is magnificent, the places we stayed fantastic and the memories will last for...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

We were in Scourie at Scourie Hotel (5 stars!) for three days, and it was a great base. Recommend visits to Lochinver and Achiltibuie. Eat at the Summer Isles hotel there. AVOID ULLAPOOL if you can - the most unfriendly and unwelcoming place in the...More

Thank davidjohnmcrae
Reviewed 1 week ago

If you are looking for a holiday with different scenery every day, then this is the trip for you. Hire yourself a camper home and set off to see some of the best and wildest scenery you can find. With a camper home you can...More

Thank Peter O
Reviewed 1 week ago

One of the best trips I have done - wonderful weather - fabulous food - scenery beyond what I imagined - did the West coast to Durness - drive the roads carefullly, take time to go off the beaten track and enjoy this wonderful country...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

I have just left my heart in Scotland, the NC500 is awesome-some amazing places to stop- all the way round and the scenery and beaches on the west coast are the best i have ever seen and I have been lucky to have traveled a...More

Thank 99Tinalange
Reviewed 1 week ago

We did this route over 5 nights and stayed in Wick, portskerra, Durness, Drumbeg and Kinlochewe. Wish we had longer to stop off as there’s is so much to see. The scenery is stunning. As good as you will see anywhere in the world. The...More

1  Thank Maureen P
Reviewed 1 week ago

THE BEST drive you'll ever make, especially the West Coast. In comparison the East and North East is a little flat and not so interesting. You really need to do this trip on good days as the mist can descend and you'll not see anything......More

Thank robtheplod
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

One of the best scenic road in the world, full of stunning views, with fantastic landscapes. Not obligate to drive all 500 miles, could choose one segment. There are no "most beautiful place" - every bay view, every mountain, every lake and valley under the...More

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10 September 2018|
Response from f2s | Reviewed this property |
Buy the book. " The North Coast 500 Guide Book" by Charles Tait. Better still visit a few locations in Scotland for a regular and safer holiday!
6 September 2018|
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Response from Nigel H |
Hi go to Stagecoach Inverness,or look the travelline Scotland. If you choose to come in the School Holidays you can get round most of it just check the information.
Ron G
Starting to plan a trip for wife and myself, middle of June 2019 for approx 2 weeks. I have attached a provisional intinary. Do you think it is a well balanced route, or would you recommend any changes or alternatives especially on the number of overnight stays in the various locations. Return Flight from Bristol to Inverness Hire Car from Inverness Airport Proposed Intinary Inverness to Plockton - 75 Miles / 2 hours via A890 Sunday to Wednesday 3 nights Accommodation - Plockton Inn / Plockton Hotel / Hill View or An Caladh B&B / Seabank B&B Plockton to Torridon via The Bealach na Ba and Applecross - 4 hours Wednesday to Friday 2 nights Accommodation - Torridon Inn / Torridon to Gairloch - 52 min (30.2 mi) via A896 and A832 Friday - Sunday 2 nights Accommodation - Myrtle Bank Hotel / The Old Inn Gairloch to Lochinver - 2 h 15 min (91.6 mi) via via A832 and A835 Sunday - Tuesday 2 nights Accommodation - The Old Bakery / Kirkage Lodge Lochinver to Durness - 1 hour mins (53 miles) Tuesday to Thursday 2 nights Accommodation - Aiden House / Mackay’s B&B Durness to Dunnett - 2 h 18 min (79.2 mi) via A838 and A836 Thursday to Friday 2 nights Accommodation - Northern Sands Hotel John O’Groats - Inverness - 2 h 38 min (120.2 mi) via A99 & A9 Friday to Sunday 2 nights Accommodation - Pottery House on the banks of Loch Ness, 10mins from Inverness.
5 September 2018|
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Response from ColinLivingstone | Reviewed this property |
Ron, your itinerary looks good. A few comments for you to consider. My wife and I are Scots and I had done a fair bit of walking in the very North of Scotland, Dunnet Head/Duncansby Head/ Wick/Orkney. My old Uncle was the... More