The North Coast 500 (NC500) is the touring route that brings together the best of the Scottish Highlands.
It’s Scotland’s own Route 66 — your highway through the culture and heritage of Scotland’s northern coastline. The NC500 takes you to some of our most famous landmarks: the magnificent Suilven mountain in Sutherland, historic Dunrobin Castle near Golspie, or the beaches at Achmelvich and Dornoch.
If you want an unforgettable Scottish touring holiday that takes you through the stunning Highlands, the North Coast 500 route is for you.
The NC500 route
The official North Coast 500 route begins in Inverness and heads west towards Kyle of Lochalsh. Then it heads north along the scenic west coast to Durness, and across the northern edge of Scotland to John O’Groats before returning to Inverness. In total, the route covers 500 miles of Scottish scenic beauty.
What to see and do along the North Coast 500
No surprises, but we’re pretty keen on the Wester Ross area and its rugged coastline that provides an array of activities and beautiful landscapes to enjoy. From stunning beaches like Applecross and Mellon Udrigle, to the beautiful Ardessie Waterfalls, you’ll not be short of places to explore.
The Highlands is a fantastic natural playground — our own Torridon Activities team is ready to help you discover the best of the local mountains and lochs. Another way to enjoy the landscape is from the sea, and Torridon Sea Tours offers daily boat tours on Loch Torridon. Interested in Scottish Heritage? Beinn Eighe NNR Visitor Centre is a great place to learn more about Scotland and the surrounding area. For sporty types, Lochcarron Golf Club is one of several courses to be found along the North Coast 500.
Where to stay on the NC500
No trip around the NC500 route is complete with at least one overnight stay at The Torridon Hotel, where luxury and fine dining go hand in hand. The Torridon Inn is also a great base for exploring Wester Ross. Comfortable rooms and great traditional Scottish pub food means there’s always a warm welcome.
Planning your NC500 trip
To plan your route and the places you want to visit in Wester Ross, use the NC500 interactive map. It’s packed with information on outdoor activities and attractions, history and heritage sites, as well as the location 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.
The Torridon – your North Coast 500 hotel
The NC500 goes right past our front door. So, if you’re looking for a bed for the night, fancy a delicious meal or just want to pop in and say hello, we’ll be delighted to see you.Book NOW
Experience the NC500 with zero emissions
Interested in touring the NC500 with a reduced environmental impact? Want to experience the amazing Tesla Model S? Do both with The Torridon in conjunction with Whitecar, the electric car rental specialists. We’ve arranged a discount with Whitecar for our guests. Simply let them know you’re staying at The Torridon and they’ll arrange the discount. Contact email@example.com or visit www.white.car
The Torridon and the NC500 are fully equipped with electric car charge points.
Download NC500 Map
View the 500-mile route and start planning your adventure. Click here to download.
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