North Coast 500

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North Coast 500
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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 glistening beaches, haunting castles, monumental munros and hundreds more scenic stop-offs, you will be spoilt for choice on this road trip!
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lih C
mallorca16 contributions
Couples
Pure joy seeing the raw beauty that is hard to find yet so close from the civilization...pure fresh air and the landscape, not to mention the lochs and streams are simply magnificent
Written 8 August 2022
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Doug D
Surrey3 contributions
The most epic scenery you will ever see on a 500 mile drive. We started in inverness and went to Orkney and the isle of sky and to Glasgow. Single track hwys and driving on the opposite side of the road for us did make it a bit of a challenge but you get used to it. rent a small vehicle as many of the roads are quite narrow.
Written 7 August 2022
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David W
8 contributions
Friends
Fantastic scenery. Interesting sights and cultural activities along the way, Inverewe Gardens and Dunrobin Castle are must do's . A lot of single track road driving but passing places every 100 yards and roads relatively quiet in May so no problems. Great campsites but do book them 12 months in advance.If you can, allow at least 10 days.
Written 28 July 2022
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afrobain
Fife, UK158 contributions
we drove from inverness to sheildaig as we were staying there for a week, the views were stunning driving through the great glen,we also drove the applecross pass doing a round trip, the pass is a great driving experience with tight switchbacks and a steady climb and the view at the top was stunning if you get a good day
Written 7 July 2022
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jonahag_jones
Sedgefield, UK179 contributions
I recommend going anti-clockwise and taking a detour to Orkney. The East Coast has so many historical sights - cairns, brochs, castles whilst the West Coast is mainly scenery.
Highlights were the Black Rock Gorge at Evanton, Castle Sinclair Giringoe near Wick, Camster Cairns, Smoo Cave near Durness, Skara Brae and the Old Man of Hoy on Orkney and the Wailing Widow Falls near Ardvreck.
We found the locals very friendly though sometimes struggling with a lack of staff. The Bealach na Ba pass is definitely not for Camper vans but in a car is far less difficult than Hardknott Pass in the Lake District.
Written 5 July 2022
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ZepScotland
Scotland17 contributions
The attitude of the locals to tourists has completely changed, gone is that welcoming highland friendliness. This is a direct result of irresponsible camper van drivers and campers leaving their human waste for others to deal with. I cut short my holiday and returned home as the locals were so unfriendly, unwelcoming and clearly hate tourists. I was staying in a cottage so not contributing in any way to the problems caused by capervans.
Written 5 July 2022
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suemcnic
Sydney, Australia160 contributions
Great trip around the NC500 on a triumph motorbike 2 up. Great scenery. only a few short rain showers. Single track roads across top after John o groats could be challenging with mobile homes especially if driver not sure of width of vehicle! Not to busy and the midges not to bad either! Everyone very friendly, excellent service and great coffee mostly.
Written 30 June 2022
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Mike O
Roanoke, VA1 288 contributions
Stunning views as we drove 75 miles on A832 from Ullapool along the coast to Kinlochewe. The weather was warm, sunny, with just enough white clouds to add to our photos. Not many cars, plenty of motorcycles and caravans. All kept a consistently moderate speed without bunching being each other. Plenty of places to pull over to enjoy the views and the experience.
Written 26 June 2022
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PaulNa
Aylesford, UK194 contributions
I've been reading about and looking forward to riding my motorcycle solo around the NC500. She's a 1977 BMW R100/7 which I had spent the last eight months restoring. She was finally completed only a week before the start of the trip in the last days of May. Now my aim was the road, the ride and the experience. At 75yrs of age there may not be many more of those. I set off on the Monday and suddenly the clutch failed approaching the Dartford Tunnel. A 10p circlip had fallen out of the actuating arm. The AA man fixed it so she was rideable so I returned home in Kent. I ordered the new parts, fixed it and delayed my departure for a week. The following Monday I set off again with my first stop in Washington, Co.Durham. The next night was in Stirling where I stayed with an old friend I'd joined the Army with in the 70s. The next night was a B&B in Inverness. I had reached the start of the NC500! The next day I reached Reiss and visited nearby John O'Groats when an incident happened. Within yards of the main car park, a Mercedes with black tinted windows reversed into my smashing the immaculate front mudguard. Tipping the bike onto it's side. Profuse apologies from the driver and I limped back to the B&B. Half a mudguard would have to do. Next morning I headed off along the route - remember I wasn't there to se caves, beaches, castles, and other places. It was the road that for me was so important. The concentration on such a narrow twisty road was both intense and tiring, especially as it began to rain. I finally reached Ullapool and a comfortable B&B where I stayed for two nights. It continued to rain. Ullapool is a village with two real ale pubs and a few eateries. On one day I took the 2 1/2hr ferry trip to Stornaway just to escape the rain. An hour on land an then back on the ferry. I'd had enough. Next day I rode to Carlisle (400 miles in 8hrs) then returned home (300 miles in 6hrs). Utterly worn out by the long days, and the weather, it was a mistake to ride the NC500. I saw a few views but riding safely was more important. If I was to do it again, I'd drive, stay warm and stop and see more.
Written 21 June 2022
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Gerald E
Chester, UK4 contributions
Couples
An experience of a lifetime - stunning views, awesome sunsets (the weather was with us!) One word of advice - forget what the guide books say and do it CLOCKWISE! We started at the Kyle of Lochalsh after coming off Skye, and although campervan drivers are generally nutters we managed easily using the plethora of passing places on the single lane roads! Enjoy!
Written 8 June 2022
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