There's nothing quite like the freedom of the long open road. Never-ending back roads, wide meandering country tracks and beautiful bends through some of Scotland's finest coastal scenery are just a few things you can expect along the North Coast 500. Strap yourself in for the road trip of a lifetime.

Please remember to plan your trip in advance. It is crucial for the wellbeing of Scotland's landscapes, as well as for local residents and businesses, that the areas around the route are respected and looked after properly. A few things to keep in mind:

  • Take all litter, waste and rubbish away with you to dispose of correctly
  • Book your accommodation in advance; don't park or stay outwith designated camping/caravan areas
  • Follow the Scottish Outdoor Access Code to ensure the landscape is left how you found it

Please remember to maintain physical distancing of 2 metres at all times, both indoors and outdoors, when required.

Route Overview

The NC500 starts in the northern city of Inverness, weaves along the west coast to Applecross and then northwards towards the towns of Torridon and Ullapool. From there, you'll venture to some of the most northerly coastal points in Scotland, passing by Caithness and John o' Groats before heading south again through Dingwall and finally back to Inverness.

Fast Facts

  • Distance: 516 miles
  • Trip length: at least 5 - 7 days is recommended.
  • Accommodation: book well in advance - make sure you consider camping as an option.
  • Transport: You can drive, cycle, or even walk this route!