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Review of North Coast 500

North Coast 500
Ranked #3 of 94 things to do in Inverness
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: 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 glistening beaches, haunting castles, monumental munros and hundreds more scenic stop-offs, you will be spoilt for choice on this road trip!
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Drive this road trip. You must! Bonkers roads, bonkers scenery! It's a real experience. I wan to go back and do it again.

Thank Doug J
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I've enjoyed touring the Highlands for years but the creation of the NC 500 has filled the roads with caravans & camper vans. Many of these are using the lay-by's for overnight camping & most of the campsites now appear to prefer them to tents as they can charge more & earn extra income by providing electric hook-ups. Consequently many campsites now relegate tents to the rear of the fields so the only view is the rear of the campers / caravans as the occupants enjoy the sea views.

4  Thank Doonsmum
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

As observed by others, one of the nicest runs in Europe has become spoiled at certain times of the year. However, if you avoid the busy/peak times of the year, you can still go round and only see 1/2 dozen cars all day. We tend to go between March-May and Sept-Oct, which avoids the heavy traffic and you are rewarded with some amazing driving roads.

1  Thank FamilyHolidayTaker
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

For the whole of my life I wanted to go around Scotland's furthest regions. At 84 I managed it-thanks to the good driving of my wife. This was not only the trip of a lifetime but a journey not to be missed by anyone who loves wild places mountains and tumbling water down mountains.
The Highlands themselves in the central regions are more desolate but mainly the 500 route is not difficult to drive. However it is a very long way and some of the roads are twisting. We suggest that it would be a good plan to do no more than an hour's driving in the morning and an hours driving in the afternoon with a lunch break in between
there is no need to stick just to the coast at the very north. Venturing inland the roads do become single traffic in places with laybys for passing any other remote travellers.
There is no problem about finding a B&B. They do vary in quality and it is important to try and find good reviews on Trip Advisor.
Because many of them are in private homes using the upper floor some are seriously not suitable for anyone who is experiencing any difficulties in walking upstairs.
I would never have missed this journey, because it brought home to me the old song of the 1930s singer/comedian, Harry Lauder. "I'll tak the high road and ye tak the low road,and I'll be in Scotland afore ye."I was given my 2nd name after him.

1  Thank davidharrylarder
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This is a must, a tick box of one of the things to see and experience in life. Beautiful scenery, unspoilt land, open single track roads. Travelled this in 8 days but would highly recommend taking more time, so many places to stop and see. All the locals were so welcomming and friendly.
If you are not in a camper van I would advice to book your accommodation well in advance.
Cannot wait to return.

1  Thank kevinandmands1
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