Over 500 miles of breath-taking Highland scenery, good ol’ Scottish hospitality and some of Scotland’s most bewitching coastlines – it’s no wonder the North Coast 500 is fast becoming one of Scotland’s biggest attractions. With endless inroads into Scotland’s mysterious North, not to mention all the fabulous pit stops along the way, the North Coast 500 is Scotland’s answer to the world-renowned Route 66.
R: Ready. Set. Go.
Setting out on the North Coast 500 requires a fair bit of planning, a never-failing sense of direction and an insatiable yearning for the open road. The route starts right here in Inverness where it weaves along the western coast before heading north towards Sutherland and Caithness. From there it’s a scenic journey along the magnificent east coast, completing the loop back to Inverness. Which means that when it comes to accommodation to start and end your North Coast 500 adventure, there’s no place better than the Kingmills Hotel, Inverness.
O: On The Western Road
From the beautiful beaches at Achnahaird Bay and Applecross, to the natural wonders of the Ardessie Waterfalls and Attadale Gardens, discover all the western pass has to offer as you make your way across Wester Ross. Then head north towards Sutherland where a plethora of outdoor activities await. Go fly fishing with a seasoned Highland angler, tackle the challenging Balblair Mountain Bike Trail, hike your way to the top of one of the many waterfalls or take in a round of golf at one of the Highland’s amazing golf links.
A: Adventure Around Every Corner
Heading further north still, enter a natural wonderland nestled along the northern coastline. With wildlife tours and bird hides, seafaring adventures and archaeological trails, Caithness is a beacon for nature lovers and adrenaline junkies alike. Meander along the beautiful eastern coast and uncover a land rich in contrasts – from the sleepy harbour of Portmahomack and raging rapids of Rogie Falls, to the towering summit of Ben Wyvis and the expansive mudflats of Nigg Bay.
D: Driving Ever-Lasting Memories Home
With beautiful mountains, stunning beaches and natural wonders as far as the eye can see, there’s no end to the sensational delights of the North Coast 500. Whether you’re looking to embark on a Highland adventure, or simply hoping to see a side of Scotland that’s rarely seen, there’s something for everyone en route the North Coast 500.