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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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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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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
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 tourist officer for Sutherland for a number of years and lived in Dornoch so we had gone to see him on numerous occasions.
Big difference with this trip, NC 500 was that the scenery was very diverse. For me the Applecross Peninsula is a must. Rugged, changing by the mile it is truly a different Scotland. The Torridon hills, Suilvan, the top of Scotland from West to East and then down the coast into Sutherland and the beautiful town of Dornoch. Time is of the essence and yes, you will and should deviate off your route as it is just that sort of trip.
We flew to Glasgow picked up two friends and then drive to Inverness which was the end of day one. Next morning we started and finished day two in Ullapool. Day three was also in the Ullapool area so two days in the one location. Day four was spent exploring and travelling to Durness where we spent one night. Days five and six were spent in Wick which took in a trip to Orkney. Another two nighter B&B which helps with the packing/unpacking. Day seven was spent overnight in Dornoch and on day eight we flew home to London from Inverness.
Need to put in a lot of preparatory work and we booked our B&B's establishments and eating places before we went.
Major success! I am happy to send yo our itinerary purely for your information and to give you another view. If you want it, leave me a message with your email address and I will send you it. You will love the NC500.