Take this tour and experience one of Scotland’s most spectacular driving routes.
Scotland North Coast 500 Tour
The North Coast 500 (NC500) is one of Scotland’s most spectacular driving routes, covering 500 miles of the gorgeous northern Scottish Highlands. The NC500 begins and end in Inverness, hugging the northern coastline for a large part of the route. There are so many good reasons to drive the North Coast 500 as you have the chance to enjoy such a variety of attractions, activities, and landscapes. These include touring beautiful castles, teeing off at world-class golf courses, photographing picturesque waterfalls, eating fresh local seafood, canoeing on glassy lochs, exploring Iron Age historical sites, lying on sandy beaches, touching 3 billion year old rocks, and enjoying wonderful local Scottish hospitality.
Probably the most popular reason that people choose to drive the North Coast 500 is the scenery. The Scottish Highlands is well known for its scenery and this northern section is no exception! The diverse scenery along the route includes rugged coastline, wetlands, farmland, rivers, forests, lochs, sandy beaches, and mountains. In addition to landscapes, you also have wildlife, castles, historical sites, pretty villages, bridges, islands, waterfalls, harbors, and other scenic sites. Views of places like Dunrobin Castle, Duncansby Head, Achmelvich Beach, Ben Hope, Suilven, Ullapool harbor, Corrieshalloch Gorge, and Rogie Falls will keep you captivated and reaching for your camera.
If you enjoy outdoor activities, Scotland’s North Coast 500 absolutely has you covered. There are plenty of opportunities to get out of the car, stretch your legs, and get active. Whether your idea of outdoor pursuits is climbing a mountain or teeing off at a championship golf course, you’ll find plenty to do. Some of the main activities include hiking, mountaineering, kayaking, golfing, boating, fishing, clay pigeon shooting, birdwatching, stalking, ziplining, canoeing, wildlife spotting, camping, and geo-cacheing. This area is also the gateway to many of Scotland’s northern islands like the Orkney Islands, Summer Isles, and Outer Hebrides which can all be reached by ferry.
There are some beautiful beaches along the North Coast 500, although the water tends to be fairly cold year round. Although some people do swim at the beaches in summer most people use the beaches for walking, suntanning, picnicking, and beach activities like frisbee.
Scotland is known around the world for its whisky, and most visitors to Scotland want to try at least a dram or two of whisky during their trip. You won’t have trouble finding local whisky along the North Coast 500, whether you want to drink it from a whisky bar, a local pub, a restaurant, or the distillery itself.
Inverness | Dornoch | Golspie | Brora | Wick | John O’Groats | Dunnethead | Thurso | Durness | Lochinver | Ullapool | Suilven | Stac Pollaidh | Gairloch | Applecross
Spectacular beaches such as Achmelvich and Dornoch | Stunning mountain ranges such as Ben Hope and Suilven | Beautiful castles such as the fairytale Dunrobin and the striking ruins of Ardvreck | Glenmorangie Distillery | Beinnn Eighe Nature Reserve – golden eagles and mountain peaks | Inchnadamph Caves | Achmelvich Beach – whales and dolphins | Eas A’ Chual Aluinn – highest waterfall in Britain | Castle Varrich – Norse fort | Thurso – Scotland’s most northerly town and a surfer’s paradise Dunnethead – tip of mainland Britain | Wick – ruins, clifftop walks, puffins and viking town
7 Nights Accommodation on Pre Booked Campsites (including electrical hook up) – Based on 2 adults only.
Our travel pack includes full itinerary, map, campsite directions, routes, GPS coordinates, suggested sightseeing and tourist activities en route, tips and advice on motorhoming on the continent.
Dogs can be catered for upon request.
Low Season: November to March
Mid Season: April, May, September and October
High Season: June, July and August
What’s Not Included
Hire of the motorhome.