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Uncover Britain North Coast of Scotland

North Coast of Scotland

North Coast of Scotland

The North Coast “500” is a scenic, touring route that follows the coast from Inverness. The road trip joins must-see attractions, features and destinations in the north Highlands, with spectacular scenery and rugged coastlines.

This North Coast of Scotland road trip planner covers 18 destination locations plus islands included and information on detour and nearby on the route.

The destination guide includes over 100 attractions, experiences and activities to uncover your own Scotland.

East: Inverness to John O’Groats

This route starts in Inverness, diverts in to Black Isle peninsula, and continues up the east coat through Easter Ross. Experience stunning Highland scenery, explore ancient castles and majestic mountains. Continuing up the coast, you will see medieval stonework and charming 17th century seaside villages. Head towards John O’Groats and the ‘journey’s end’ at the very top tip of mainland UK.

North: John O’Groats to Durness

Travel through Caithness - the most north-eastern part of the North Coast and Sutherland. The vast open landscape, also known as The Flow Country - a large, rolling expanse of peatland and wetland area, it is rich in archaeological remnants of a bygone age. See sea stacks and colonies of sea birds at the coast and explore the Orkney Islands with its UNESCO World Heritage sites.

West: Durness to Applecross

On this route follow the west coast from the most north-westerly village on the British mainland and it’s white sand and limestone cliffs. Travel through remote North West Sutherland. Visit Britain’s highest waterfall, and enjoy spectacular scenery with at North West Highlands Geopark and the Beinn Eighe National Nature Reserve. This section has plenty of options to discover rich heritage, seaside harbours and lots of wildlife spotting.

Experience the heritage, landscape and more on this amazing journey across Scotland with this route trip route map and destination travel guide.

The cost is for access for 1-year to the planner for this route on UncoverBritain, to use when planning as well as on the road. You can choose and book

accommodations, attractions and experiences interested in. Take from 5 days to 2 weeks enjoying this route, dependent upon your chosen stops and places of interest.

From £29.99 per adult

Departure days

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March — September

Contact details

Uncover Britain

51 Kipling Road
United Kingdom

Tour information


5 Days


  • Self drive


  • Bespoke

Tour prices

From £29.99 Per Adult

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Uncover Britain

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Uncover Britain

Uncover Britain provides road trip itineraries for some of the best and most scenic Scottish road trips. The road trips in Scotland include the well-known and well-loved North Coast 500. However, road trippers can uncover their own Scotland with one of the other popular routes, such as the West Coast of Scotland, including the amazing Isle of Skye, the former 'Kingdom of Fife, with a visit to non-other than the home of Golf, and discover more about Edinburgh and the Romantic Borders.

Opening times

9.00 - 5.30 Monday to Friday

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