Scotland’s answer to Route 66.

The North Coast 500 route, Scotland’s answer to Route 66 in America, is fast becoming one of the most popular tours in the world with over 500 miles of the best sights and scenes the North of Scotland has to offer. Not only can you drive through heather clad mountains, pass by glorious lochs and discover magical white sand beaches, you can immerse yourself in culture and heritage along the way. Historical castles populate the circumference as well as ancient ruins, battlefields, lochs, rivers, waterfalls, munroe’s, cathedrals, heritage museums, distilleries, locally supplied restaurants…the list is endless!

The official “NC500” route begins in Inverness, heading west to Kyle of Lochalsh, up the scenic west coast to Durness, across the most northerly stretch to John O’Groats then back down the rugged coastline. Some have done it in three days, some like to mosey round it over a couple of weeks. The choice is yours, but let us say, these are landscapes which need to be savoured, the touring equivalent of experiencing the finest single malts – a driving tour for the connoisseur!
Some special landmarks along the way…

The famous Bealach na Ba , Applecross – Also known as the “Pass of the Cattle” this is the highest road in Britain being a six mile climb to over 2,000 feet snaking up a mountain headwall. You are rewarded with one of Scotland’s grandest viewpoints with sublime views across to the Sound of Raasay, the Black Cuillin of Skye and the ethereal peaks of Rum and Eigg. 

Glen Torridon – Torridon and the coastal route from Applecross transports you into some of the most beautiful and stunning coastal scenery in the world. It is paradise for walkers who want to bag some peaks like the Jewel Mountain and Beinn Alligin, or those who want to take small coastal jaunts. Otters, eagles, pine martins and red deer all inhabit the countryside and are an absolute treat to spot.

Spectacular beaches – Sandwood Bay, Ardmair Beach, Achninver Beach, Achmelvich Beach are a tiny handful of the hundreds of beaches that grace the coastline of this fantastic route. Some more secluded than others, you can hunt out a quiet spot where no one else will be. With the whitest of sand and the bluest of water we have our own paradise here on the Scottish bays.

Self-catering is a lovely way to holiday with the family, and if you are planning this route, a nice private home may be just the ticket after a few hours exploring on the road!

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