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North Coast 500 – Planning Your Trip Round Scotland’s NC500

The North Coast 500 (NC500) is the brand new touring route that aims to bring together the best of the Scottish Highlands.

The media have named it Scotland’s own Route 66, but really where else can compare with the culture and heritage of Scotland’s northern coastal route? On the NC500, you will see some of our most famous landmarks such as the magnificent Suilven, Dunrobin Castle or the beaches at Achmelvich and Dornoch.

What route does the NC500 take?

The official North Coast 500 route begins in Inverness and heads west towards Kyle of Lochalsh, up the scenic west coast to Durness and across the most northerly stretch to John O’Groats then back down to Inverness again, covering a total of 500 miles.

What is there to see and do along the North Coast 500?

We are particularly fond of the Wester Ross area and the rugged coastline that provides an array of activities and beautiful landscapes to explore. From stunning beaches like Applecross Beach and Mellon Udrigle Beach, to the beautiful Ardessie Waterfalls, you will not be short of places to explore.

The Highlands offer a fantastic natural playground and we have our own Torridon Activities team ready to help you discover the best of the local mountains and lochs. Another way is to enjoy the landscape from the sea and Torridon Sea Tours offers daily boat tours on Loch Torridon. Perhaps you are more interested in Scottish Heritage? Beinn Eighe NNR Visitor Centre is a great place to learn more about Scotland and the surrounding area. For those of a sporty inclination, Lochcarron Golf Club is one of several courses to be found along the North Coast 500.

Where can you stay on the NC500?

While doing the NC500 route, there is no place better to stay than The Torridon Hotel where we will provide you with all the luxury and fine dining you would require. The Torridon Inn will also act as a great base for exploring Wester Ross, with comfortable rooms and great traditional Scottish pub food. You will always receive a warm welcome here.

Planning your NC500 route

To begin planning your route and the places you want to see in Wester Ross, the NC500 have created an interactive map with information on outdoor activities & attractions, history & heritage sites, as well as locations of service stations.

Experience the best that Scotland has to offer on the route that really has it all: dramatic scenery, stunning lochs, beautiful coastal drives, friendly local businesses and pubs.

If you want an unforgettable drive through the stunning Scottish Highlands, then the North Coast 500 route is for you. It actually goes right past our front door, so if you are looking for a place to stay for the night, fancy a delicious meal or just want to pop in and say hello, we would be delighted to see you.

Experience the NC500 with zero emissions

If you are interested in touring the NC500 with a reduced environmental impact, while also experiencing the amazing Tesla Model S, you might want to consider Whitecar, an electric car only rental company. The Torridon is a great place to start or finish the NC500, and we have arranged a discount with Whitecar for our guests. Simply let their team know you are staying at The Torridon and they will arrange the discount. Contact ben@white.car or www.white.car Both The Torridon and the NC500 are fully equipped with electric car charge points.

Download NC500 Map

Download the NC500 Map View the 500-mile route and start planning your adventure. Click here to download.

Get the NC500 App

Download the NC500 AppHelping you discover everything there is to know about the NC500. Download here via the app store or here via Andriod.

What’s on in Wester Ross?

What to do on the NC500 In Wester Ross, you will not be short of beautiful views to enjoy & outdoor activities to pursue. Click here to find out more.

NC500 Itineraries

Driving the NC500 at The TorridonGet inspired! A luxurious getaway or an adventurous experience is just around the corner.


What is the NC500?What else would you like to know about the North Coast 500? Click here to find out more.

View Blog

Driving the NC500 View our helpful blog on the NC500 for more maps and downloads.

Why Visit Torridon?

Why visit Torridon on your NC500 trip?The North Coast 500 route goes right past our front door and we would love to welcome you here.

What does the media say about the North Coast 500?

Visit Scotland

VisitScotland and the NC500On the North Coast 500, you will see magnificent castles, mountains and beaches. Read more on Visit Scotland’s blog.

The Daily Mail

scotland's route 66Have a look at some of the NC500’s most beautiful landscapes and landmarks in The Daily Mail’s recent article.

The Scotsman

NC500 in the ScotsmanThe North Coast 500 has been called Scotland’s Route 66, set up to link businesses and heritage sites across the Highlands.

The Scots Magazine

North Coast 500 is a great coastal roadThe NC500 has been named one of the best coastal roads, not just in the UK, but in the world! Read more.

The Guardian

NC500 in The GuardianAn adventure driving the NC500! A journalist from The Guardian explores what makes the route so special.

The Telegraph

exploring the North Coast 500

What is all the hype about? The Telegraph explores why there has been so much promotion of the NC500.

The North Coast 500 has even been gaining worldwide recognition, with a recent article in the New York Times.

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