North Coast 500 ( NC500 ) is Scotland’s most popular and scenic coastal drive around the Highlands of Scotland.
The route covers more than 500 miles and you will experience all that is great about the Scottish Highlands. The route officially starts at Inverness Castle, heads up the north west coast to Ullapool then Durness and across the rugged coastline to John Groats and Dornoch before returning back down to Inverness.
Loch Broom Chalets are conveniently located on the route
just 3 miles south of Ullapool on the A835.
There are many ways to travel the route and some visitors will hire their dream sports car from Aston Martin in Edinburgh or a roaring motor bike from North coast 500 Moto experience. More active visitors will pedal their way around by bicycle and will often use it as a fundraising challenge.
It’s also very popular for Vintage Car groups, which all makes for a very interesting drive around the Highlands!
The North Coast 500 (NC500) was created in 2014 by the North Highland Initiative. The North Highland Initiative (NHI) is a non-profit organisation that was established by HRH, The Prince Charles, Duke of Rothesay in 2005 in an effort to develop economic growth across the North Highlands.
It was through the Tourism Project Board, that the idea of the NC500 was born. The concept of the NC500 was developed to create a tourism product that the whole of the North Highlands could benefit from and with such natural beauty already on offer, it was from there that the idea was formed.
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A route of just over 500 miles of stunning coastal scenery, the route path naturally follows the main roads across the coastal edges of the North Highlands taking in the villages and towns of places like Ullapool, Durness, John O'Groats, Dornoch and Inverness.
The Official North Coast 500 route begins and ends in Inverness at Inverness Castle. The Castle is a perfect starting point to the route as perched on the hill and offers unparelled views over the capital city of the Highlands.