North Coast 500 Information Guide

Bringing together a route of just over 500 miles (516 to be exact…) of stunning coastal scenery, the North Coast 500 is one of the world’s most beautiful road trips. The route naturally follows the main roads along the coastal edges of the North Highlands of Scotland, taking in the regions of Wester Ross, Sutherland, Caithness, Easter Ross, the Black Isle and Inverness-Shire.

The Official North Coast 500 route begins and ends in Inverness at Inverness Castle which, perched on top of a hill, is the perfect starting point to the route and offers unparalleled views over the capital city of the Highlands. The North Coast 500 (NC500) was officially launched in 2015 by the North Highland Initiative (NHI), a non-profit organisation established by HRH, Prince Charles in 2005 in an effort to develop economic growth across the North Highlands.

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With ancient castles, glistening sandy beaches and spell-binding heritage, it is not hard to understand why the NC500 has proved to be so popular, generating an estimated online brand reach of 2.3 billion in 2017. The route has captured the imaginations of thousands of people. The NC500 route has something for everyone. We recommend spending a minimum of 7 days exploring it, although you could spend several weeks in the region on a more leisurely schedule – it can be explored as a loop or in part.

The NC500 route is targeted at everyone wishing to experience one of the best coastal touring routes in the world, from UK residents to overseas tourists. It is ideal for drivers (car, campervan and classic car enthusiasts), motorcyclists, as well as cyclists and walkers wishing to take in some of the most scenic parts of Scotland.

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