North Coast 500
,North Coast 500 Route
The North Coast 500 is a stunning drive around the northern coast of Scotland, starting from Inverness and then heading all around the north of Scotland in a big winding loop that brings you back to Inverness.
From Inverness you will head inland, going past the very popular Rogie Falls towards Applecross. The climb to Applecross, Bealach-na-Ba, is recognised as the toughest climb in Britain, but on a clear day the views over to the Summer Isles are simply breathtaking so well worth the climb.
From here you will travel via the stunning Torridon to Gairloch; if you have time go to the Gairloch Marine Life Centre for whale and dolphin spotting boat trips. From here you will follow the road with breathtaking views to Ullapool, a lovely fishing town with great bars and cafes plus souvenir shopping.
Head north to Durness with its wonderful beaches is the most north westerly village on the British mainland.
From Durness follow the road all the way round the very top of the British mainland ending up at the iconic John O’Groats.
The road then heads south via the picturesque towns and villages of Wick, Lybster, Brora, Golspie, Tain and Dornoch, home of Royal Dornoch. There are golf courses throughout the entire route and all can be found at Golf Highland, a portal website for the golf courses in the Highlands of Scotland.
The route ends at Inverness Castle, but we would recommend that you take a break at Dingwall, a market town with lots of character and free parking!
In these 500 miles of driving you’ll see some of the most breathtaking scenery that the rugged Scottish Highlands has to offer: from lochs and glens, historical castles, majestic munros, steep and winding roads and an abundant wildlife.
A warm welcome awaits you in the many visitor attractions, classic Highland whisky distilleries and small local establishments.